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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; First Edition edition (October 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440507863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440507864
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Here is the utterly amazing, laugh-out loud scoop on the local, state, and federal foul-ups supported by your tax dollars. From Washington D.C. to Small Town, U.S.A., you can count on one thing from our government...Bloopers!

A federal computer glitch listed everyone in Hartford, Connecticut as dead.

From the Inside Flap

Here is the utterly amazing, laugh-out loud scoop on the local, state, and federal foul-ups supported by your tax dollars. From Washington D.C. to Small Town, U.S.A., you can count on one thing from our government...Bloopers!



A federal computer glitch listed everyone in Hartford, Connecticut as dead.

More About the Author

Leland Gregory is the New York Times Bestselling author of "Stupid American History" and "America's Dumbest Criminals." He is also author of the National Bestsellers, "The Stupid Crook Book," "What's The Number for 911?" and "Stupid History." Leland is a former writer for Saturday Night Live, has written and sold a screenplay to Disney, optioned a screenplay to Touchstone and has written for a variety of magazines from Readers Digest to Maxim. A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. Leland lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Customer Reviews

A fast and easy read.
A. Young
As a teacher of history and government, this 258 page book is a treasury of political anecdotes.
Gene P. Louie
Author Gregory has another hit on his shelf with this one.
K. Patrick Mcdonald

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snazzo on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
90 Snazzes on the 100 Point Snazz-o-Scale.

Great Government Goofs is a thoroughly enjoyable book. I don't give it a perfect 100 only because some of the author's little jokes don't work. But many do. And the stories themselves will leave you stunned and amazed, outraged, laughing, and shaking your head in disbelief.

Great Government Goofs tells many ridiculous tales of our Government in action. Or inaction. From silly quotes by politicians. To colossal wastes of time, money, and manpower on ridiculous studies. To just out and out stupidity.

The illustrations by Scott Stantis are few but very well done and funny.

The author also wrote "America's Dumbest Criminals." I thought Mister Gregory should have called this book "America's Dumbest Criminals Part Two," for all the politicians in this book are absolute crooks.

Here's an example: "The Pentagon spends $8,612 per second, about $271.6 BILLION a year." And that was ten years ago!

I hope the author does another book like this, for surely the government has become a lot stupider.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Young on January 11, 2007
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This is a hilarious look at our country's leaders and their "human side". Mistakes are common place for most of us and our government has made a lot of big ones! A fast and easy read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 8, 2007
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I'm not crazy about the format of this book, but it's an interesting skimmable "bathroom reader" sure to make you chuckle (sadly) at the state of things. Heard this author interviewed - very credible, interesting guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Patrick Mcdonald on February 19, 2010
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After reading a string of Gregory's previous works I truly began to wonder who else he might successfully pick on. Fortunately - or, perhaps sadly - our government makes for a terrific followup target. One can scarcely fault the author for insulting those brave men & women who help shape American society - for they do indeed provide tons of ammunition to be used against them.

Like many excellent works, "Great Government Goofs" is entirely capable of making the reader laugh AND cry, often at the same time. As a medical professional, I was already aware that "death by Coke machine" was a legitimate category for military KIAs. I am certainly glad to know there are states where it's only legal to take a picture of a rabbit "in season." But learning that the Pentagon spends $8,612 per second? Well, that's downright scary.

Author Gregory has another hit on his shelf with this one. As a medical researcher, I now realize there is at least one other profession as prone to outrageous behavior as medical maniacs. Thanks, Leland, for the great research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Marshall on February 21, 2006
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Is it any wonder there are so many screw-ups? We live in a crazy society and this provides some of the reasons why.
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A friend of mine who works for the Department of Education bought me this book after my first trip to DC. I was shocked at how the government sometimes runs. It's true that many of these stories are taken out of context, but it's still an enjoyable (if frustrating) look at government waste. This author has written several books about phenomenally stupid people.
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