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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots [Kindle Edition]

Laura Ingraham , Raymond Arroyo
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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Book Description

While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?”

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and “experts” prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth is: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony . . . can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!?

Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell.

You know we’re in trouble when . . .

• Airplane seats shrink—just as the passengers expand.

• Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).

• People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout.

• “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday.

• The weddings last longer than the marriages.

• Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form.

Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.

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About the Author

Laura Ingraham is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Diaries and Power to the People, the most-listened-to woman in political talk radio as host of her own nationally syndicated radio program, a Fox News contributor, and permanent substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor. A former Supreme Court law clerk and white-collar criminal defense litigator, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her two children.

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  • File Size: 4011 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005AMYXSI
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ5RG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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164 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Snapshot 2011 July 13, 2011
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I look forward to the day that none of what Laura describes in her book makes sense...skinny lattes, skinny jeans, high tech strollers with cup holders, parents who let kids express themselves with bad behavior (the type I would have been spanked for if I even thought about stepping out of line back in the day), lack of manners, the inability to distinguish between personal and public information, and our increasingly connected / disconnected youth. When I think about it, my kids were lucky their mid-80's stroller had brakes, and the wheels, as I recall, only went forward or back; I had to pop a wheelie to make a turn or correct course...and my hand was my cup holder.

It's important to step back and laugh at ourselves once in a while...of course I write this on my iPad as I'm considering taking my son's dog (oops, animal companion), who is a semi-permanent house guest (my son living elsewhere), over to PetSmart for a nail trimming, and wondering if I should sign her up for a supervised play date for a few extra bucks...all on my dime. Time to reset my priorities, and just take her for a walk. No mention of boomerang pets in 'Of Thee I Zing'; I guess I'm on the cutting edge of something here....

Life lessons, a snapshot of life in 2011, and an etiquette book wrapped in satire; if you don't find yourself on at least one page, you might want to pass the book to a friend and get their thoughts. Funny and thought provoking to the last page, and well worth a weekend read.
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99 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lighthearted Romp July 14, 2011
By anna
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Laura Ingraham's new book 'Of Thee I Zing,' is a light-hearted, humorous romp through the American culture. This is an ideal summer beach amusing commentary about so many unfortunate things we're exposed to in this society, from the ill-mannered to the "muffin topped," from spoiled kids to poorly educated teens, from men donning purses ("murses") to those shrinking airline seats...the list is endless. I found this book great fun; my daughter and I have been reading parts out loud to's good to laugh about our culture once in awhile and Laura Ingraham knows how to do it! (If we can't laugh about it all, we'd surely be weeping!)
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Zing, too August 18, 2011
By Jules
Format:Kindle Edition
I had a blast reading Laura's newest book. It is nice to know that you are not alone in the world. I, too, have observed the things that Laura and Raymond write about and have very similar feelings to theirs.
Then I read a chapter that I realized I Zinged myself!(or in other words I am as guilty as them).
This is a fun book to read in these depressing times. Poking fun at the culture (and maybe even yourself) has given me a few giggles. Thanks Laura and Raymond!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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No subject is off limits, as the author unleashes verbal nuclear warheads towards everything that bothers most of us "old-school" types in today's deteriorating society. Laura's writing style is more like a manifestation of the little voice within us all that rolls its eyes and shakes its head in disgust in every area from the mall to church to the holiday's... which Laura logically explains... includes a list of holidays that had to be created by Hallmark Cards. When I say nothing is too sacrosanct to be protected from Laura's scathing attacks, I mean from drooping pants in the mall to this reaction to BRITNEY SPEARS latest performance: "SPEARS LIP-SYNCED THE LYRICS TO A TRACK AND EXECUTED HER DANCE MOVES WITH ALL THE ELEGANCE OF A STROKE VICTIM ON VALIUM." Her take on current entertainers in general can best be summed up by "THE INGRAHAM RULE OF THUMB: THE MORE DESPERATE AND FLAILING A "SINGER'S" HAND MOTIONS, THE WORSE THE SINGING. I REFER TO THE LADIES WITH THE "RAINING FINGERS WHOSE DIGITS MIRROR THEIR WILD VOCALS AS THEY RUN UP AND DOWN THE SCALES IN A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT NOTE. ONE HAND LIVES ON THEIR EARPIECE; THE OTHER EXECUTES THE RAIN GESTURE. TIE HER HANDS BEHIND HER BACK, AND MARIA CAREY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE ANY SOUND AT ALL-WHICH COULD WELL BE AN IMPROVEMENT."

But don't think for a minute that even 20% of the book is about entertainers. The author sprays her denigrating (but almost always accurate) venom in every direction that mankind currently exists. From "devotees" dressed up in movie character garb and camping out in line to get into opening night... to people not knowing the difference between "THERE" and "THEIR"... to the almost communistic practice of every kid on every team getting a trophy regardless of performance...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Long - Too Strained September 20, 2011
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Unlike many others who've given low ratings to this book, I don't disagree with this author on most political issues. Despite she and I holding some similar views, I really didn't think that much of this book.

The problem is that she has a good solid magazine article here or perhaps a blog where she could hit a zing a week sort of series. There just is not nearly enough for a book, though.

The book starts out rather strongly with some solid hits on what many consider the deterioration of our society's norms. Go back to the 1930's and even hobos or 'bums' (today called homeless peoples) wore ties and usually jackets. Men on assembly lines also wore ties and collar shirts unless the job was too dangerous due to the tie. I can go on as probably you can as well.

Today people arrive half naked to shop at Walmart. Men go to good restaurants wearing nasty tee shirts often with gross pictures or sayings on them. They eat never taking off their baseball caps. This is the sort of behaviors which Ingraham starts out lambasting.

However, after a good start, she runs out of material and wanders into a long complaint / whine about such trivial things such as guests who arrive too early to suit her tastes. She complains about parents lobbying for their children and outcome based education. That is, she moves from individual bad behavior to criticizing institutions she dislikes or disapproves of. Toward the end of the book she picks up steam again hitting some more material complaints.

Finally she finishes in what I consider a rather odd and controversial manner. She complains that the world is getting to be too secular for her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of politically biased nuts
I don't often have truly mixed feelings about anything I read - but this book definitely was a bit of a paradox for me personally. Read more
Published 24 days ago by shopgirl76
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Got this in Kindle form….great for "waiting" rooms….read it on my phone and didn't have to read it "cover to cover"
Published 2 months ago by clickbang1
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Thee I Zing
Laura is very good at looking at the "irony" of things. But I still like corney Christmas sweaters, I wear white shoes after September and socks with my sandels (my feet... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alice G. Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read with a few laughs
Laura has great interviewing and reporting skills and I enjoy listening to her, but this book was an okay read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Lozano
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Well written & Engaging
I thinnk I pretty much summed it up in my title!
The book is a great read! Laura did well with this one
I very much enjoyed her brand of humor while describing her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S.P. Kodiak, AK
3.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous
The gist of the book became monotonous. An easy read, but it had to be to make me want to finish the book.
Published 6 months ago by Muskego Glenn
1.0 out of 5 stars Laura Ingraham is the worst person on earth
The book actually looked interesting after reading the dust jacket. I was drawn in by the clever cover art. I had no idea who Laura Ingraham was.

Now I know. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Clayton
2.0 out of 5 stars Lauras Book
Did not care for this book .. On tv she is very smart engaging and quick witted ..Unfortunately it did not translate into her book, Seemed like just complaining about people with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alan L. Opie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great presentation of tongue-in-cheek humor and punditry.
Published 9 months ago by Michael F. Mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love Laura Ingram and her "no spin" remarks on Fox News TV ~ her book is great! Love it....
Published 10 months ago by Muzzer
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