This book was kind of a disappointment. I very much enjoyed the first part, in which Alterman outlines what it has meant to be a liberal historically and what it means today. However, the second part, in which Alterman is supposed to defend liberalism against the stereotypes perpetuated by conservatives in recent years, is nothing more than a list of ways that the Bush administration has been hypocritical. So far, it has given me nothing new and feels like he's stooping to the same level of accusations without offering any solutions. He certainly hasn't been showing what is good about being a liberal.