Picks and Pans Review: How to Overthrow the Government

updated 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/13/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Arianna Huffington

Hang up on pollsters, fight for campaign finance reform, shame the rich into tithing to the poor: Follow these and other steps, says Huffington—a syndicated political columnist, author and ex-wife of an unsuccessful, overfinanced Senate candidate from California—and you can overthrow the government!

If only her earnest manifesto didn't read like the work of a college student who pulled an all-nighter to meet a term-paper deadline. Huffington devotes the first half of her book to lambasting the legions of legislators less concerned with serving constituents than special interests and wealthy donors. None of it is new, though reading it in such concentrated form does get one's dander up. Then again so does Huffington's failure to offer any solutions until page 84. Her sincerity is commendable. But all the repetition and annoying quips ("There's more than one way to skin a poll-cat," she says about handling those irritating calls at home) do little to enhance her argument. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $24)

Bottom Line: About as deep as a political pamphlet

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