James Bovard

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James Bovard (/bəˈvɑrd/; born 1956) is a libertarian author and lecturer whose political commentary targets examples of waste, failures, corruption, cronyism and abuses of power in government. He is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy, and eight other books. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader's Digest, The American Conservative, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

Early life[edit]

Raised in the mountains of Virginia, Bovard attended Virginia Tech for less than two years and dropped out.[1]


  • Fair Trade Fraud: How Congress Pillages the Consumer and Decimates American Competitiveness. Palgrave Macmillan. 1992. ISBN 0-312-08344-0. 
  • Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty. Palgrave Macmillan. 1995. ISBN 0-312-12333-7. 
  • (1996) Shakedown
  • Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen. Palgrave Macmillan. 2000. ISBN 0-312-22967-4. 
  • Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Government Power in the Clinton-Gore Years. Palgrave Macmillan. 2001. ISBN 0-312-24052-X. 
  • Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the World of Evil. Palgrave Macmillan. 2003. ISBN 1-4039-6682-6. 
  • The Bush Betrayal. Palgrave Macmillan. 2004. ISBN 1-4039-6851-9. 
  • Attention Deficit Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan. 2006. ISBN 1-4039-7108-0. 


  1. ^ Bovard, James; Wile, Anthony (25 September 2011). "James Bovard on His Famous Libertarian Books, America's Failing Freedom and 'Why Life Is too Short to Drink Bad Beer". The Daily Bell. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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