* ‘Dishonesty and Scaremongering’ The American Prospect’s Jamelle Bouie reviews the book: “Like Liberal Fascism, American Taliban is another entry in the tired genre of ‘my political opponents are monsters.’ Indeed, Moulitsas begins the book with the Goldbergian declaration that ‘in their tactics and on the issues, our homegrown American Taliban are almost indistinguishable from the Afghan Taliban.’ And he fills the remaining 200-plus pages with similar accusations. … Yes, progressives are depressed and despondent about the future, but that’s no reason for dishonesty and scaremongering, and it doesn’t excuse the obscenity of comparing our political opponents to killers and terrorists. As reality-based members of the American community, we have an obligation toward the truth, even when it isn’t particularly convenient.”

* ‘Juicing Sales,’ Accomplishing Little The Atlantic’s Patrick Appel writes, “Kos uses a couple figures on the far right – such as Pat Robinson – to smear half of America. Calling political opponents terrorists is so disgusting and so obviously beyond the pale it hardly requires rebutting. … I’ve no problem with pundits – liberal or conservative – coming out swinging. My problem with polemics like Liberal Fascism and American Taliban is they don’t accomplish anything besides juicing book sales and temporarily riling up like-minded folk.”