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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934708062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934708064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is called thinking. And if more people - on both sides - were prepared to acknowledge their own shifts of view and to explain and examine exactly why they have changed with the times, our public discourse would be immeasurably improved." --Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic

About the Author

Marty Beckerman, twenty-five, is also the author of Generation S.L.U.T. (MTV Books, 2004). He has written for Playboy, Reason, Discover, The Huffington Post, and New York Press. He has been featured by The New York Times, the New York Post, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and National Public Radio. Hunter S. Thompson once called him a "morbid little bastard," which Beckerman considers the greatest compliment of his career.

More About the Author

Marty Beckerman is the author of #1 Amazon.com bestselling parody THE HEMING WAY (St. Martin's Press), which USA Today called "laugh-out-loud," and most recently '90s ISLAND. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Maxim, Wired, Mental Floss, Nerve, Salon, Discover, the Daily Beast and MTV.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader's Respite TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
With the U.S. presidential elections looming large (did everyone register to vote?), the American public is currently being inundated with political advertisements, televised debates, candidate mud-slinging and other ugly nonsense that typically accompanies our election process. Good times, right?

For those of you who are tired of the endless empty campaign promises, finger-pointing, and soapbox platforms, author Marty Beckerman has provided some much-needed comic relief in the form of Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots.

It has ever been my contention that if we picked ten random Republicans and ten random Democrats off the street and locked them in a room together, we'd find that we meet in the middle more often than not. The problem is - and has always been - that the important issues are not decided by the "average" American. Rather, it is people with extreme, inflexible platforms who do their best to polarize the American public and make compromise impossible.

In a quest to understand the fundamentalists at both sides of the political spectrum (you know, the ones who make compromise impossible), Beckerman spent four years in their world, interviewing, attending thier funcions and rallies, and just in general taking one for the team and saving the rest of us from their extremist vitriol. Covering incendiary topics such as abortion, women's rights, freedom of speech, and international relations (amongst many others), Beckerman pokes fun at the ridiculous lunatics who shape our laws and policy, making for many laugh-out-loud moments.

As the title of the book implies, Beckerman goes after the left and right ends of the political spectrum with equal zeal.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann H. Webb on September 5, 2008
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Edgy, interesting, funny. Dumbocracy is the perfect antidote to both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Read this book, then take the politicizing from both sides with a few grains of salt. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Newman on September 16, 2008
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In short, this might be the best political humor book I've ever read. If I were teaching a high school or college course to which it was at all pertinent, I would prescribe "Dumbocracy" as required reading. Young people need to know this stuff, that they may not become prey for political pedophiles aiming to indoctrinate kids too young to know better with their ideologies. While I detected a slight liberal leaning, make no mistake, the far left are not given any slack for their post-communist nanny state nonsense. Whereas the far right are thoroughly lambasted as the hypocritical fascist theocrats they are. I highly recommend "Dumbocracy" to anyone who cares about politics or social issues.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crazycat on July 9, 2009
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Sarcasm without the wit, is, well Dumbocracy. i picked it up because i love satire and this book professed to make fun of the Left and Right--and make fun it did. Made fun like an 8 year old boy in elementary school. His idea of satire is to just call feminists [...] and christians "idiots". very boring. do yourself a favor and save your money and rent all the South PArk seasons-ultimately the best modern satire around.
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