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How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood Hardcover – March 20, 2012

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“You will not find a memoir like this anywhere. Usually when people are this insane, they can’t form coherent sentences, but Gavin brilliantly weaves his bizarre outlook on life in a way that makes them somehow feel relatable. I love this book.”—Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says

“An interesting, infuriating read. You will never love this book harder than it already loves you.”—Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

“I laughed so hard I got a headache.”—Justin Theroux, author of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2

“Wonderfully powerful, funny, and full of life, this book is amazing and a pleasure to explore. I cried while reading the 9/11 chapter.”—Andrew W.K. author of “Party Hard”

“I loved this book, though it may have given my eyeballs gonorrhea.” —Samantha Bee, author of I Know I Am, but What Are You?

"This book sucks."—Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

How to Piss in Public is a Bible waiting to happen.” —Maxim

"[A] compelling memoir...insanely hilarious." (Huffington Post)

About the Author

Gavin McInnes is a prankster, provocateur, comedian, and creator of contemporary, alternative pop culture. He established an underground Montreal newspaper, which he grew into Vice Magazine Publishing Inc., an international megabrand that still defines cool for “the kids today.” He is the author of The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll; DOs & DON’Ts; DOs & DON’Ts 2; and Street Boners, which is based on his new website StreetCarnage.com. Today McInnes lives with his wife and two kids in New York City, writes for television, and makes viral comedy videos for any corporate sponsors that don’t mind fart jokes.  

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451614179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451614176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Brazil on March 21, 2012
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I'd never heard of Gavin until I saw him on Red Eye (Fox News 3AM est.) . He has since become one of my favorite guests (following closley behind Jim Norton); his Scottish accent cracks me up.

Book was good, made me laugh a few times. But it's not for the feint of heart...it's often times quite filthy.

Here's a test as to whether you will like the humor in this book; if it makes you smile then get the book; if you find this juvenile then you may want to pass: "I don't mind women breast feeding in public, but they never wink back at ya."

Call me pig, but that's funny!

Wish the book was longer but that doesn't mean it was incomplete, I just enjoyed reading his anecdotes about his life that much.

The take home message is pretty much this: party all you want as a kid, but grow the hell up when you start getting old. You think a hangover is bad when you're 20? Wait until you hit 40 and suffer through a 3 day hangover.

Heroin = The Devil
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Cain on August 4, 2014
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I love Gavin (rather, Jimmy) on Red eye, and thought this book might've given insight on his beliefs backed up with witty, albeit dirty humor and banter. Instead, it's a chronicle of his life depicting drug use, business deals, raunchy sex, and other painful or memorable life moments. The sex parts are probably the biggest problem I have with the book, as it depicts things greatly in detail, on par with a Penthouse Forum or trashy erotica. Normally I can handle it, but I felt a bit cheated (disappointed) as I heard these stories, as it sounds as if it's meant to induce self-pleasure (put mildly). If I wanted porn-to-text, I'd have gotten something else. I expected fun, insight, humor, reasoning and critique, not hearing about his threesomes, cocaine sickness, and flesh-ripped penis (which, again written in great detail, did make me cringe).
Maybe it's just me, though I think women in general would not like this book at all. A lot of you might enjoy it listening to filth, and I did enjoy some (too weird! too weird! too weird!), and the 9/11 parts were heavy. I like the guy; the book, not so much. Had to stop reading this one halfway through.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterman on March 21, 2012
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I've always held a soft spot in my heart for Gavin McInnes ever since I got his Do's and Don'ts book as an X-Mas gift in high school and spent months re-reading it and laughing so hard I'd cry. He's an a-hole, but a completely funny a-hole, and those are the best kind.
I was bummed when he left Vice because it's been a total bust ever since, but fortunately Gavin's managed to pull off a million other projects that continually remind me how awesome he is. When I found out about his book coming out I pre-ordered it and received it the day it came out. I'm just now taking a break from my four hour marathon of reading it. Um, it's great? Each chapter is a different story from his life, and he retells it hilariously and with such honesty. I laughed, I almost puked, I nearly cried. I wanted to write something like, "Gavin is living proof that you can do whatever you want as long as you're willing to put everything you got into it and not care what anyone else thinks about it", but that sounds really sappy. Sorry. Pretty much, Gavin rules. Just buy it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Archer on July 1, 2015
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I discovered Gavin after listening to his Free Speech podcast, and after that The Gavin McInnes Show. This book serves as a good base for a lot of what he talks about today, which is always completely honest and uncensored. It's a cliche to say that Gavin doesn't care what people think about him, but it's actually true about him. It's refreshing to read the works of someone who has lost a lot for being brutally honest but never backs down or apologizes, because he believes in what he does. Gavin says a lot of things that other people think to themselves but are afraid to say out loud. Some people are highly offended by his candor, as evidenced by the negative reviews for this book, although as you might expect, none of them are Verified Purchases on Amazon. The fact that Gavin keeps doing what he's doing despite this (usually manufactured manufactured) outrage is a testament to how lucky our society is to have him. Stay cool man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on June 3, 2015
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A comedic masterpiece that will make you weep tears of crying

All Hail the hipster God Gavin Mcinnes!

Read it!!!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By On The Road on July 2, 2012
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I bought this at the request of my wife who saw the author on Fox News' Red Eye. It is a vile, disgusting piece of work that tracks the actual life of the author. It deals in the realities of drug use, delinquency, explicit sex and other such topics. I don't recommend it if you are looking for a serious book.

Having said that, it's a highly entertaining book that is hard to put down. Just don't let anyone see you reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skip on April 19, 2015
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Read in one sitting. You'll need to come down afterward.

'The Death of Cool' by Gavin McInnes is a melt-your-face memoir that leaves you sitting in a puddle of (your own) pee. In my 20s this book would've inspired 'lost' weekends; 30s, daring thoughts I'd be too exhausted to try; 40s, a contact high (even in Kindle format).

Grab it now, ya hoser.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By twm on September 29, 2013
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My wife and I learned about Gavin from his Red Eye appearances. The show is great, overall, but the guests can make a huge difference and when Gavin is there, it's nearly always funny and interesting because he is funny and interesting.

He's obviously a very bright, talented, guy, but he really stood out because (similar to Gutfeld) he completely broke the sterotype of what a "conservative" is. We'd never heard of Vice magazine, so I didn't even fully understand the extent of his cultural impact, but basically here's a guy who articulates conservative/libertarian views like a WSJ editorialist, yet looks and acts like he could be...well, a founder of Vice magazine.

Anyway, my wife got me this book as a birthday present. And, wow, I had no idea just how "unconservative" his personal history was!

He's lived a pretty wild life and documents in this book in vivid fashion -- at times hilarious, at times cringe-worthy, and often shocking. He is, above all, a great story teller and when you combine that with some of the great stories he has to tell, it is largely a captivating ride -- I read the book in a weekend and really couldn't put it down.

Still, I couldn't help walking away from the book being a little disappointed and, I suppose, sad.

He talks, a lot, on Red Eye (and his columns) about how important his family is to him, his unabashed rediscovery of Catholicism including membership in the Knights of Columbus and pro-life views, and generally conservative outlook. Yet, he lead an astonishingly hedonistic lifestyle for much of his life. I don't mean a bit of debauchery here and there...I mean stuff like, intentional drunk-driving for fun, lots of heavy drugs, week long benders, unprotected sex with 300+ women...
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