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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593306644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593306649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,148,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Scanlon is perhaps the quintessential baby boomer, born in 1947. He enjoys writing, with much nostalgia, of growing up in the pre-Reagan, pre-personal computer, pre-cellular telephone, pre-ATM machine era. He has spent more than forty years in Washington, D.C. involved politics, government, and the corporate world as a lobbyist, marketing and communications executive. These days he serves as president & CEO of a national trade association. He spends his free time golfing and writing on Hilton Head Island, SC.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Vance on June 30, 2010
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The Best Good Time

What a fabulous read! I laughed out loud so many times that people at the pool kept coming and asking me what I was reading. The Best Good Time is one of the best written and entertaining books I have read in a long, long time. Pure fun and great stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lurch on July 6, 2010
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In the interest of transparency I will admit to being a fraternity brother of Mike Scanlon back in the day. Yes it was at "John Snapper University" also.
Mike has written a thoroughly enjoyable first novel about a little known and barely explored topic. It is difficult, nay impossible to find a novel concerning baby boomers who are relatively well adjusted men who are not from dysfunctional families with drunken fathers who beat their kids and wives.
Mike has taken a slice of life that is not marred by the angst of childish semi adults who bemoan their status and future.
B.J. and Mark actually like people and each other and have a wide circle of friends and aquaintances who actually find pleasure in each other's company with no ulterior motive. The tale is laden with rich detail about the places they visited and details of the cultural events,political,social and athletic that colored that period.
While Mike's vernacular is loaded with phrases that may be more reminiscent of Ward Cleaver or the Thin Man than the 1970s i.e" a well turned ankle and packing a rod" it is still a pleasant read thankfully devoid of unnecessary profanity or sexual details that while trying to be erotic usually have the distinction of being bizarrely counterproductive to their intent.
So if, in particular you graduated from college in the 60s or early 70s, and want a casual book to bring back some of the more pleasant memories of friendships past and songs and events lost to your memory pick this book up. You won't be disappointed. Oh by the way Mike what type of radio was in that Porsche anyway?
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The Best Good Time is a delightful, well written novel, chronicling a cross-country car trip taken by two interesting and likeable young men in their thirties. The story takes place in 1978 America; the author skillfully brings us back to a less complicated era in our country's history, letting us thoroughly enjoy the time period, which is the perfect backdrop for this fast moving adventure. The book is laced with an abundance of humorous situations and believable characters that the two young bachelors encounter on their drive from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. The author also creates a sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, laugh-out-loud, dialogue between the two men, as they drive from encounter to encounter across America. The book is hard to put down. The reader is pulled to the next stop, the next humorous adventure, and actually waits in anticipation for the next colorful character to appear. I highly recommend The Best Good Time for readers of all ages and guarantee this book will bring back many pleasant memories, especially for those who were in their thirties during the Carter presidency.
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By Pat A on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a gold mine ! I had forgotten the pure joy in reading just for fun. Hilarious stories. Incredible detail. All of it, well written. Every page left me waiting for the next "... you know B.J., you may not remember but ...." Truly, `Laugh out Loud' stuff. Best of all, the friendships. That special, and so irreverent, bond between Mark and B.J. That's what I remember too. Mike Scanlon has captured perfectly the way that we communicated back then; how we just "hung out"; and, basically, tried to understand a world that occasionally was moving just a little too fast. And, oh so many laughs !! It is sometimes hard to recall all of the fast paced events of the Sixties and Seventies, that changed our lives forever. This book brings it all back. It's all there --- the innocence, the "we can do anything" spirit, the politics, and the friendships that survived it all. A Great Read.
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