I have a confession to make before reviewing the latest book by conservative icon and author Michael Savage: I am not a big fan.  There is no denying that Savage is exceptionally smart and deeply passionate about this country, the U.S. Constitution, and conservative principles. On his radio show, his vitriolic and pessimistic take on subjects differs from my normally optimistic, humor-oriented view of politics and current events. I normally don’t stay tuned in for very long when I alight upon his radio show, as Savage’s tone can be a bit too bitter for my personal taste.

However, his latest book, Stop Mass Hysteria: America’s Insanity from the Salem Witch Trials to the Trump Witch Hunt, is a smart, engaging, and timely look at angry mobs and their historic consequences.

Savage reviews a plethora of mass hysteria events and ties it into today’s hysterical antics and vile tactics of progressive activists and their elite political leaders.  He deconstructs the Left’s crazed response to American values and traditions by detailing episodes of mass hysteria impacting this nation from Christopher Columbus to the Salem Witch trials to the “Red Scares” of the 1930s and 40s and right up to the current social justice trend of dictating what race actors must be in movies and plays.

Given the banshee-like displays of crazed activists during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, there is no arguing that Savage is completely on point.

Perhaps my favorite passage of the book features Star Trek (albeit The Next Generation). The opening of the paragraph discusses the 14th century flagellation craze to assuage sin and guilt, and how “aging white baby boomers” support social justice activism to atone for supposed cultural sins.

“I saw a photo online of the seventy-seven-year old actor Sir Patrick Stewart — a British citizen who made his fortune in America in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and firms — holding a sign that said, “People will not listen unless you are an old white man, so I’m an old white man and I will use that to help people who need it.

“After Donald Trump’s election as president, Sir Patrick also applied for US citizenship to “fight” him. That was his word, mind you. “Fight”. A combative, violence-inducing word chosen to roil those who haven’t the wit to distinguish him from the benign, high-minded captain he played in Star Trek.”

Interestingly, as the Kavanaugh confirmation successfully concluded about the time I finished the book, I noticed many more references to the leftist mob and its attempt to rule by fear and intimidation.

When reading the book, I swear I began “hearing” the words in my mind as if they were being spoken in Savage’s distinctive voice. If you are a fan of the pundit, and enjoy history, you will relish Stop Mass Hysteria as an informative, compelling page-turner.

In conclusion, I give it 4.5 of 5 stars. Some of the conclusions Savage reaches are still too dark for my taste, but I must admit I enjoyed reading his newest book tremendously.

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