11.17.2008

Book Review: Dumbocracy

Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots by Marty Beckerman

Marty Beckerman is a little bit scary to read.

And while I told him it took me a while to read because I kept throwing it across the room, that's actually a good thing, and yes, I DID finish it, just a bit behind schedule ;-)

Much like the tenet that librarians live by: if I haven't offended you with something in this library, I haven't done my job...Marty lives by the same principle, only his targets range from abortion to women's rights to gay rights to politics to freedom of speech...you know, topics that NEVER inflame anyone's opinions or passions. ;-)

And he does a hilarious job at taking a "dispassionate" look at all these topics, and the loonies that cling to them with their eyeteeth.

Marty's book isn't for the faint of heart - lots of "colourful" language that would make a sailor blush, naughty asides that border on crude and scathing opinions are throughout, but you know, it's damn funny. As long as you aren't throwing it across the room too often. ;-)

I found myself laughing out loud more than once, which is always the sign of a good read. Fed up with the conventions and all the political jargon from this year? Grab this instead - it's a great foil.

Recommended!

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