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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821004
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Harvard Bookstore Bestsellers list, 8/03/12 and 8/10/12

Publishers Weekly
, 1/16/12
“Sure to be one of the year’s most entertaining political books.”

Publishers Weekly, 5/7/12
“The book does an admirable job balancing each party’s perspective…As stereotypical party associations and extremism boil down to a genuine concern for the future of America, the result is surprisingly heartfelt.”
 
New York Daily News, 5/6/12
“Hotly anticipated.”

The Advocate, July 2012
“[Michael Ian Black is] so cool we believe the publisher when they call it Chelsea Handler meets Hunter S. Thompson.” 

Politico.com, 5/29/12
“[McCain] uses the debates with Black to re-examine her relationship with the Republican Party. Along the way, a few political figures come under fire from the outspoken daughter of a former presidential candidate—including Clinton.”
 
Yahoo! News, 6/13/12
“A refreshing ride, one full of honesty and chocked-full of laughs.”
 
New York Journal of Books, 6/12/12
“Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black just might bring the parties together. For at least a few hours, anyway…The book is written journal style, a sort of ‘He said, She said,’ page turner. And it works…The book’s back-and forth banter is both funny and cringe worthy…They are candid and honest about their political views, sometimes uncompromising, yet often open minded.”
 
TheSpitTake.com, 6/11/12
“Black and McCain are both engaging, off-putting, thoughtful, dogmatic, loose and catty…there is a palpable sense that Black and McCain are trying to get along, if only for themselves. And also for America. No, really. Each truly believes in the concept of “America,” and though their definitions vary wildly, they both agree it has something to do with inclusiveness…The book proves that people can get along if they put politics aside and treat each other as human beings.”
 
Edge, 6/12/12
“A serious (albeit comical) look at America’s people and politics…A highly funny and empathetic endeavor that will leave the reader with a better understanding of American politics…America, You Sexy Bitch proves that Republicans and Democrats can find common ground.”
 
Roll Call, 6/11/12
“[A] he said, she said account of Michael Ian Black’s and Meghan McCain’s meandering pilgrimage across the U-S-of-A.”
 
Portland Monthly, June 2012
“An intriguing meditation on some of the very real elements that differentiate America’s bipartisan ideologies.”
 
Time Out Chicago, 6/20/12
“Black has…established himself as a precise and honest comic writer. Though as a comedian he trades in snark…his commitment to this project finds him earnestly engaging with the people he meets, and trying to find in them case studies for the larger political talking points.”
 
Washington Post, 6/19/12
“She is funny and uncensored, and he is witty and sharply observational.”
 
20 Something Reads, 6/27/12
“Michael’s writing bears his typical snarky cynicism, while Meghan’s writing reflects her exuberance and zest for life…An excellent read and absolutely hilarious…Though it’ll take much more than one book to fix America, Michael and Meghan show us that two very opposite people can find common ground, which gives us hope towards the future of Capitol Hill and American Politics.”
 
PR.com
“The book’s quirky title belies its enlightening content.”
 
The Interrobang, 6/21/12
“The book is incredibly funny, really honest, and full of heart and soul…Smart and funny, it’s a great summer read that entertains as much as it forces you to think.”
 
PolicyMic.com, 6/20/12
“[Black] knows how to make you laugh; and yet, through his humor, he was able to convincingly communicate his liberal rationale with ease…Presents some interesting thoughts about politics and culture.”

Tucson Citizen,
7/3/12
“Readable and appealing…Insightful…A surprisingly fun summer read.”
 
Examiner.com, 6/29/12
“An enjoyable, often funny little travelogue…An entertaining bipartisan road trip diary.”

MediaBistro’s GalleyCat Blog, 7/10/12
“[A] bipartisan Thelma and Louising of the American landscape.”

San Francisco
Bay Guardian, 7/10/12
“[The] point made by America, You Sexy Bitch is: politics don’t make the person.”

New Day Northwest” (Seattle, KING TV), 7/18/12
“One of my favorite books of the summer…A hilarious look at trying to find common ground in uncommon territory.”

Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/14/12
“The most entertaining road trip you’ll take this year…Black and McCain make elegant spokespeople, and they share uproarious and enlightening tales about who we are and what we want.”

SF Weekly, 7/16/12
“[Black and McCain] may seem like an odd couple at first…[but] they show that despite their differences, they are just Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black: Two Slices of American Pie.”

Bay Area Reporter, 7/19/12
“Humorous but often thought-provoking.”

San Francisco Book Review, August 2012
”A book examining preconceived notions and the long, difficult road toward dispelling some of them. McCain and Black pull no punches…Not just funny as hell, but thought-provoking and occasionally challenging…I loved it.”

InnocentWords.com, 7/28/12
“The concept behind America, You Sexy Bitch is a pretty interesting experiment and comes at just the right time with the country more polarized politically than at any time in recent decades…Highly entertaining.”

Midwest Book Review, September 2012
“A social and political romp recommended for any general lending library.”

SLUG, October 2012
“Vivid and often hilarious…Extremely enjoyable. Not only does this social experiment provide an entertaining look at people from all walks of life, it’s a reminder that the stereotypes that are perpetuated—especially during an election year—are seldom correct.”

Hartford Advocate, 12/13/12
“A collaborative tour diary, written as an entertaining back-and-forth.”

About the Author

MICHAEL IAN BLACK is a popular stand-up comedian who has starred in many television series and films, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Viva Variety, VH1’s I Love the… series, and NBC’s Ed. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids.

MEGHAN McCAIN is a columnist for the Daily Beast and a contributor at MSNBC.  Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is a New York Times bestselling author, has written for Newsweek, and created the website mccainblogette.com. Her most recent book is Dirty Sexy Politics, and she lives in New York City.


More About the Author

MEGHAN MCCAIN writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast. Prior to that, McCain worked on her father's 2008 presidential campaign and created the website McCainBlogette.com, which provided a personal look at daily life on the campaign. Her children's book, My Dad, John McCain, was a national bestseller. She lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

An interesting concept that wasn't carried out too successfully.
Sophic
I finished today feeling closer to them and closer to their message than I think I would have had I just read the book myself.
lessofjes
Her biggest point of contention is gay marriage, which she supports and most Republicans, obviously, don't.
Matthew Davidson

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By lessofjes on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just finished listening to "America, You Sexy Bitch" and I have to say, for the most part, I really enjoyed it. I first heard of this book on Twitter. I follow both Michael and Meghan because I find them both interesting for different reasons. I'm a comedy fan, and thought of Michael as that vaguely funny guy I'd seen on VH1 and Comedy Central occasionally. I was aware of Meghan at first through her father, but then started seeing her more on TV and became a fan of hers in her own right. I frequently check out her website and make it a point to watch her on TV sometimes. While I don't agree w/ all of her politics, I really do think she's what we need more of in the Republican Party, young and open-minded people willing to take a stand for what they believe. Personally, I consider myself a Conservative Republican, and while I am not all *that* interested in politics, I do like to try to stay current with what's going on in our country.

I was very intrigued by the concept of this book, but when I started listening to it, I still wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Overall, I was surprised in both good and bad ways. I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts. Rolling my eyes at some. Getting a little bit mad at others. I didn't love the section about strip clubs. I didn't love the section about Little Rock. But what I did love was the overall message of the book and the honest discussions that Michael and Meghan had about the most controversial topics that our country faces. While I found myself, for the most part, leaning towards Meghan's point of view, I did find Michael's interesting to hear about in greater detail. I didn't always agree or disagree with either one of them in particular and I found that interesting.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a solid chunk into this book, and I can't recommend it enough if you're like me: Tired and disenfranchised from all of the hyper-partisan bloodsport in today's politics.

Michael Ian Black, comedian, atheist, and East Coast liberal travels the country with Meagan McCain, super smart, funny and talented Christian Republican. Together they talk to Americans and try to figure out how we all got so screwed up.

Democrats and Republicans aren't the enemy. Bumper sticker politics and the extremist voices of the 24-Hour News Cycle are. This book is important - So it's a good thing it's freaking hilarious too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophic on November 10, 2012
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An interesting concept that wasn't carried out too successfully. Although they did describe a number of encounters with some of America's more colorful characters, far too many words are wasted detailing their useless bickering (the only thing they manage to agree on is that Crocs are horrific) and to make matters worse, Ms. McCain is not a particularly interesting writer. Admittedly she is still young, but her two favorite words seem to be "I" and "my" and rather than describe the events taking place around her, she spends far too much time offering her opinions on the state of American politics and reminiscing about events from her family life, a subject that didn't interest me in the least. Recommended only for fans of the authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary E Cavanagh on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying I've never written an online review for anything before, but Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black's book has affected me so much (in an enlightening way), that I felt compelled to do this, so please be patient with me.

I am 42 years old, and have been a "registered Democrat" since my 18th birthday, and have voted in every Presidential election. However, I've only voted for a Democrat once in that time. I've never really followed politics, nor have I ever given it [too] much thought. I followed it enough to be able to follow a conversation, but never considered myself as a member of a specific party.

I found this book purely by accident. I was a passenger in a car whose driver was listening to the Mac & Gaydos show on the radio and, as such, I had no control over which station we were listening to. They had just welcomed Meghan McCain on as a guest speaker, which she apparently does on a weekly basis. I knew nothing about her, other than that her father was the senator of the state in which I live. (Embarassing, but I already explained I don't follow politics.) After listening to her for a couple of minutes, I was intrigued enough to download a sample of 'America, You Sexy Bitch.'

I didn't realize until I found the book online that Michael Ian Black was even the co-auther. During her chat with Mac & Gaydos, Meghan McCain only referred to 'Michael.' I was pleasantly surprised that it was MIB, as I really enjoy his flat, cynnical humor. Needless to say, after reading the 24-page sample, I HAD to get the entire book!

I loved the format of it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tictak0912 on September 6, 2012
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So here is the real problem with this book: the two characters that this book revolves around are not all that different. I was looking for something that would show that two people from opposite sides of the spectrum could travel across this great land and find common ground. The problem is, these two people aren't on opposite sides of the spectrum. I was hoping for some fiery debate like if Glen Beck and Bill Maher got in a Chevy nova and drove around the heartland. what I got with this book was a watered-down version of a road trip between two people who already had a lot in common. there was no great cathartic moment, there was no point in which each party looked at the other person and said "wow I can see where you're coming from!" Megan McCain is a moderate republican. Megan has no problem with drinking, gay marriage, abortion, or getting strippers in Vegas. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with any of this either, but for this book to be really exciting, the main conservative representative should have been more like the Rev. Billy Graham and less like a college frat girl. basically, I found the whole thing to be fluffy, trite and devoid of any real " ah- ha" moment. I like Michael Ian Black, and I thought his snarkiness and Whit was entertaining. However, even Michael was not able to Snark himself out of this highly predictable and cheesy book.
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