But also bothersome are the anti-intellectual sentiments of those who pretend to be intellectuals. Frankly, yes, I consider myself to be an intellectual (certianly with plenty more to learn, of course). I have an absurdly broad education, both self-taught and from actual degrees, and I get a little ticked at people who suggest that I can't talk intelligently about something closely related to one of my fields of study, or that I can't read a book and reliably report and discuss information gleaned from a non-fiction book related to the topic under discussion. And the objections almost always come in the form of claims based on ideology (that I apparently just contradicted), or because of wrong "facts" that they have no evidence for, but just happen to believe because it supports their ideology, or because they've heard it so often on Fox News that it must be true.
Unfortunately, I doubt that the people who really need to read this book the most would take any of it to heart even if they did.