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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812976916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812976915
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No need to avert your eyes-there's no photos of Karl Rove's bare ass here, but there are plenty of swift kicks to it. Uninhibited and unapologetic, the co-creator of liberal talk-radio network Air America unleashes a barrage of scorn-from grave accusations of high crime to ultra-personal mudslinging-on a rogue's gallery of Republicans, selected from the crop currently in power and the Contract with America revolutionaries of the 1990s. Short profiles of more than 50 Republicans, broken down into categories such as "The Wackos," "The Weasels" and "The Warmongers," feature a conversational roundup of offenses that reads much like partisan talk radio sounds: loud, jokey and very self-assured. For that reason, Lewis is at her best when she's at her nastiest, as in her expose of the entire Bush family: "In no time Barbara was spawning a series of barely literate offspring who, tragically, would become leaders with actual responsibilities." Lewis isn't looking to make a sophisticated case, but rather to condense much of what her audience already knows (or suspects) into a handy reference book, and she succeeds, backed by plenty of references to government reports, the mainstream media and independent watchdog groups. Though the jokes can get thin, and interludes into the trickier and stranger aspects of the Republican elite-like a breakdown of the Jack Abramoff scandal and steamy excerpts from the novels of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Newt Gingrich and Lynne Cheney-are much too brief, this makes a fine primer for the angry Left-winger.
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A Full Frontal Exposure of Right-wing Hypocrisy and Greed...

“Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes.” — Tom Delay

“I don’t think people understand quite what motivates political giving anyway. Believe it or not, the main thing that motivates it is friendships, I think.” —Rep. John Doolittle, on taking money from Jack Abramoff

"Gay marriage should be between a man and a woman." — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I did everything but drink the bong water.” — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, on Politically Incorrect

“Nobody likes beheadings.” — President George W. Bush on TV images of Iraq War, March 20th 2006

“I’ve been to Europe once. I don’t have to go again.” — Rep. Dick Armey

“It’s amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools.”
— Rick Santorum, author, It Takes a Family

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Extremely well written, easy reading.
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This is one of those books you don't read by yourself because you laugh so loud everyone around you wants in on the fun.
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I went through the book in a couple of evenings.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Lee on October 9, 2006
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This is one of those laugh-out-loud kind of books. The author cleverly lumps politicians into humorous categories and describes each one with biting wit. I went through the book in a couple of evenings. The only downside is that after you've had a chance to digest the content of the book, you can't help but feel a bit of sadness at the current state of affairs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mara, New York, NY on September 21, 2006
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Finally, something that strips it to the core -- and reveals the truth while keeping you laughing the whole way through. Shelly Lewis's "Naked Republicans" not only provided me with the usually suspected but never told insight into the scandels, deception, and filth that lays above and beneath the board of Washington DC but as told with such irreverant wit and laugh out loud humor - it truly provided a much needed antictode to the dismal state of our nation and the people entrusted to run it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Silverton on September 27, 2006
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OK, OK the "on crack" suffix may be a bit overused, but trust me when I say this book earns it. I haven't laughed so hard since Stephen Colbert's appearance at the White House Correspondants dinner.

Naked Republicans is hands down the funniest, smartest "Oh no he didn't"-inducing gift I've received this year. I am a fairly well read individual, but there were slime-ball stories in here even I didn't know about. It's not gossip, it's just Republicans revealed.

This book is a quick read-- don't worry, there are pictures!-- but it's worth every penny. Think: the Daily Show "America" book meets the Darwin Awards.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Van Pelt on October 3, 2006
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Wow. This book is a winner. I almost peed in my pants, I was laughing so hard. I think even Republicans will find this sharp, smart book funny. Even my grandparents found it relevant and hilarious and right on!

Looking forward to the next one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Breen on September 19, 2006
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This is one of those books you don't read by yourself because you laugh so loud everyone around you wants in on the fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 25, 2012
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Shelley Lewis is also the author of Five Lessons I Didn't Learn From Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did). She wrote in the Introduction to this 2006 book, "We're going to give you the who, what, why, and where of weaseldom. And believe us, it's only a sample of what's out there. We think of this book as a public service, a voter's guide to the corrupt, the liars, the hypocrites, and the dim."

She reviews about 60 prominent Republicans, including Rick Santorum; Katherine Harris (Florida Secretary of State during the 2000 election); Condoleezza Rice; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Trent Lott; Mike Huckabee; Dick Cheney; Tom DeLay; Newt Gingrich; Karl Rove; George H.W. Bush; George W. Bush, etc.

Along with demographic/professional information, she provides a "Career Highlight" (e.g., day being elected to office), as well as a "Career Lowlight" (e.g., Katherine Harris's "Taking illegal cash from a contractor convicted of bribing Duke Cunningham"); Nicknames (e.g., Rick Perry as "Governor Goodhair"); "Admits To" (e.g., Schwarzenegger's "Using steroids, behaving 'badly' with women"); Denies (e.g., Cheney's "Profiting from Halliburton's war contracts"); and Theme Song (e.g., George W. Bush, "Fortunate Son").

Satirical, often quite funny, sometimes a bit mean-spirited, persons wanting sharp jibes at prominent Republicans will enjoy this book.
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