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"You should pick up this book before your next dinner party."
--Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine and host of "The Gayle King Show" on Oprah and Friends

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"No one knows political satire like Daniel Kurtzman."
--Andy Borowitz, creator of The Borowitz Report and author of The Republican Playbook
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Hysteria (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402208804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402208805
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Kurtzman is a former Washington correspondent-turned political satirist who chronicles the absurdities of politics as editor of politicalhumor.about.com, the popular website that is part of The New York Times Company's About.com network. An equal opportunity offender, Kurtzman is author of the dueling humor books, "How to Win a Fight with a Conservative" and "How to Win a Fight with a Liberal" -- the ultimate survival guides to arguing politics. His political commentaries and humor articles have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post, among other publications. He has been widely cited as an expert on political humor by major media outlets around the country, while appearing as a commentator on CNN and ABC radio.

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A friend gave me this book for Christmas this year because she knew how much I enjoyed ranting about politics. While it is not truly a self-help book, and I doubt anyone will win a fight with a conservative by following its directions, it is an enjoyable little diversion that made me laugh. Daniel Kurtzman is a good satirist and his jabs are hilarious. For instance, he divides the conservative movement into several cleverly named segments:
(1) Rapturfarians--Christian fundamentalists.
(2) Enron-omists--über capitalists.
(3) Big Brethren--militant authoritarians.
(4) Gunfederates--people with confederate flags and gun racks in their pickup trucks.
(5) Spongebob-ophobes--militant anti-gay activists.
(6) Crusadomasochists--imperialistic neoconservatives.
Clever names to be sure, but the descriptions are just as humorous. The rest of the book is just as much fun. I should mention that Daniel Kurtzman is an equal opportunity satirist; he also published in 2007 another guide, "How to Win a Fight with a Liberal," that takes aim at those on the left. It is just as humorous.
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I came across this book (and its partner) by accident and bought them as a gift for someone who spends most evenings yelling at Fox News. Since his yelling doesn't seem to make any difference to the TV, I thought maybe if he had some practical advice for handling a political debate things might improve...

These books (Of course I bought both. How can you not?) are so clever and funny that I ended up reading them both myself before turning them over to the gift recipient. They are chock-full of "funny-because-it's-true" moments, great quotes, and my personal favorite, a schedule for a typical day in the life of liberals and conservatives. Hysterical.

Oh yeah, and the gift recipient loved them, too.
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Who doesn't want to learn how to win an argument? This book gives a lighthearted but effective means on how to do so. It helps to identify which method is most productive with particular kinds of conservatives as well as helping you to determine what kind of liberal you are, which can be very helpful when trying to discern how to approach a situation. It's a fun and easy read, but also very effective if you're wanting to score a few points for the Blue Team!
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This is a really funny, enjoyable book. It has lots of great quizzes, lists, and do's and don'ts that make it easy to jump into at any point. And I loved all the quotes from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Great stuff!
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I needed a laugh after spending so much energy feeling either helpless or enraged or both whenever I considered the state of our present administration. Both books are very funny, and I learned a few things, too. I wondered whether I could enjoy the companion book about winning fights with liberals, but I found it felt good to laugh at those guys too. My 10-year-old niece was fascinated by the Conservative Hall of Shame and eager to get the dirt on all the famous people she always heard adults in her life complaining about.
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A good laugh is an excellent antidote to these times of strife in this post-9/11 world. I'd rather find a reason to laugh than to feel disgusted and enraged in re the current administration.

The contrasting light and trenchant humor is very effective and readers will undoubtedly come away with some new insights. I loved the categories of conservatives and the Hall of Shame was just too funny! While I readily admit that I am no fan of Bush (called the Commander in Thief by the local democrats, which is one of the gentler sobriquets he has earned), I enjoy good, political humor. In fairness, I enjoyed the book about winning fights with liberals. In short, I like political humor.
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Absolutely loved it,could not put down read.Not just helpful but also hilarious,makes you laugh at yourself.Will buy How To Win A Fight With A liberal And Win because this was so entertaining ,just to see if Fight A Liberal is as informative and funny.
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This book had a lot of good common sense, some of the things we learned as children like be polite.
There was quite a few laughs, such as "liberal bumper stickers vs conservative bumper stickers" Some of them were real funny.
A few tests such as:
what breed of liberal are you?
How strong is your partisan intensity?
A field guide to conservatives.
Basic Training, Advanced tactics, and Kick a$$ arguments guide.
There is the conservative hall of shame and the how to win friends while antagonizing people. And lastly, when all else fails:27,000 ways to insult conservatives.

All in all a helpful, useful and funny, book.
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