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The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen: Politics, Parody, and the Battle over Borat

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The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen does not skimp on scholarship, style, or wit. Robert A. Saunders’s writing is lively and entertaining and makes a persuasive case for Sacha Baron Cohen as a case study of the complicated negotiations between local and global cultures. (Eliot Borenstein, professor, New York University)

A must-read for many aspiring satirists, branding experts, and researchers alike. . . . Sacha Baron Cohen, the Kazakhs, and people around the world should be grateful to the author for explaining the Borat saga in a scholarly, yet enlightening and entertaining, manner. (Roman Vassilenko, Chief Inspector of the Secretariat of the Secretary of State of Kazakhstan)

The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen [is] a smart, informative, and crisply-written little book that may leave the reader wanting a bit more....The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen is a valuable political history of what its author calls a 'global minstrel show'. (Southwest Journal Of Cultures Cinema, February 2009)

The author displays razor-sharp analysis, masterful use of the English language, and encyclopedic knowledge all the way through the endnotes. This is, by all measures, a superb first book by a very promising writer, and one can only hope that it is followed by many more. (Journal Of Global Change and Governance, Summer 2009)

A thoroughly detailed exploration of Cohen's explosive comedy. Robert A. Saunders dissects each button pushed, taking an approach that's as careful as Cohen's is improvised. A smart read deserving of a lot of 'respek.' (Michael Musto, author of La Dolce Musto: Writings by the World's Most Outrageous Columnist and contributor to The Village Voice)

About the Author

Robert A. Saunders is assistant professor of politics at the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739123378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739123379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,491,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Austin Hoffman on April 30, 2009
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The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen is not only informative, it's downright interesting.
I have had the privilege of being one of Professor Saunders' students, and while there is a hint of his own personality within the writing you won't find this book biased. It was well researched and written by a man who knows the subject to an expert degree.
While other writings on Cohen and his confrontation with the nation of Kazakhstan will take a dry, authoritarian stance on the subject, Saunders does nothing of the kind. Instead of a humdrum treatise, Saunders presents the reader with a book that is nearly as compelling as a fine novel.
I had trouble putting the book down after I began reading it, and when I had finished I came away with an understanding that I might not have been able to acquire from other sources.

If you have an interest in Sacha Baron Cohen, this book is a must.
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