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All You Need Is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: How the Beatles and U2 Changed the World Paperback – April 25, 2007


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (April 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826427766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826427762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book takes an extensive look into the history of the two powerful rock bands that changed the world and musical history in unprecedented ways. With a catchy index of quotes and lists of the bands' tours and records, McFliker succeeds in encompassing the kind of amusing and interesting facts that true fans crave... All You Need Is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb covers the contributions these two bands have made to our world in general as well as to the world of music. The Beatles revolutionized music through their lyrics, performances and recording strategies. U2 shook everyone's ears and hearts with invigorating and painfully honest messages. .Never before has a book been able to thoroughly explore all the twists and turns of each of their journeys to make musical history, until now." -Parklander



"The book takes an extensive look into the history of the two powerful rock bands that changed the world and musical history in unprecedented ways. With a catchy index of quotes and lists of the bands’ tours and records, McFliker succeeds in encompassing the kind of amusing and interesting facts that true fans crave... All You Need Is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb covers the contributions these two bands have made to our world in general as well as to the world of music. The Beatles revolutionized music through their lyrics, performances and recording strategies. U2 shook everyone’s ears and hearts with invigorating and painfully honest messages. .Never before has a book been able to thoroughly explore all the twists and turns of each of their journeys to make musical history, until now." -Parklander

About the Author

Todd McFliker has a M.S. in communications from Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL. He is a contributor as writer and photographer to Rag magazine, South Florida's music magazine.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Lamar Mcclure on September 24, 2007
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A great idea that never bears fruit. The author's heart was in the right place but his facts and figures are not. What starts out as a good comparison quickly becomes product and personal concert reviews. For any serious fan it will be a tough read due to conflicting and incorrect information. Maybe for someone who knows very little about either group it would be alright, but beginners only.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melinda D. Prather on April 12, 2009
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I was excited to read this book--it seemed like it was going to be such a great read. The title itself really drew me in being clever and catchy. But by the second chapter it became clear that this book was going to be a waste of my time and money. There are so many mistakes in this book, it's embarrassing. Especially with regards to U2, lots of errors. Not knowing alot about the Beetles, I don't know if mistakes were made about them but since the author got so many details wrong about U2, I'm sure there are factual errors about the Beetles. For example on page 32, he says "Lemon" was sung by the Edge on the album Zooropa. Edge did not sing "Lemon"--he sang "Numb". Lots of errors like that appear throughout the book. Plus the author, Todd McFlicker, seems to contradict himslef from time to time. I advise that you keep your money--buy a different book! This one is awful!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neisha Cushing on January 6, 2008
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I agree with the other "one star" reviewer. This book had great potential but was a big disappointment. I don't agree with some of the information given to the reader about U2 (as a person studying Bono from an academic framework - I believe the author isn't entirely correct on some of his analysis). The repetative parts got to be annoying and insulting to the reader. A good alternative read is "U2 and Philosophy".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mccloskey on December 8, 2008
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Amazon came up with this book as a suggestion when I was looking at other items and boy am I glad it did. What a fun read. I am a big fan of both U2 and the Beatles and I had never seen a author conpare and contrast the two bands before. Todd McFliker put together a good book that really makes you think and look deeper into the music of these two great bands. I Can't wait to see what bands he works on next...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Chamberlin on December 31, 2007
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This had the potential to be a good book but instead devolves into a fact by fact comparison of the two groups without really providing any interesting insights into how the bands are similar. Instead it's a run down of how their greatest hits chart positions are similar or a side by side factual comparison of their movies. It's also very redundant because he makes the same comments about the various albums a few times. In some cases, he actually provides two different interpretations of U2 songs in parts of the book but doesn't reconcile them.
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