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  • Series: Onion Presents
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439156921
  • ASIN: B003WUYS4E
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wandakitty on December 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Don't get me wrong, I love the Onion, and own all of the News Archives books, which I reread all the time. But to only have the front pages makes no sense. You can start to read an article but then cant finish it. Talk about frustrating. I personally would love to know when there will be a new Ad Nauseum News Archive book-they are supposed to come out once a year but there has not been one since 2006 or so. If they ever put out another one I will be at the book store the day it comes out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosebud Book Reviews on December 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps we never grow up. What we laughed at in our formative years, Mad Magazine for example, draws us to what we laugh at as adults, The Onion. I don't know if that realization is funny or sad, but here is a big coffee table book of satire to read while pondering the question.

As a Wisconsinite I particularly like the early years (the "O" started out here): "Gov Proclaims November Masturbation Month" and "UW Cuts Funding Of Coed Naked Sports" (Wasn't "Coed Naked Sports" a t-shirt? What kind of a publication plagiarizes a t-shirt?). I can see taking this book out from the library, but why would someone buy it, I hear you asking. Because, the more you look the more you find. We read this in fine print: "Beatles reunion tour ends after chair mishap," for example, and realize we really live a kind of non-sequitor existence that goes beyond cheap SNL sarcasm. A world the "serious" media ever admits. Truth! Can we take it? "War, Come On, Let's Have One," "Clever bumper Stickers Resolve Abortion Issue," "Pope Forgives Molested Children" and "Nursery Home Has '96 Die-Off."

Maybe Speed Stick isn't available in Neapolitan yet and Christ has not returned to the NBA "...chipping in 13 points, 4 assists and wowing fans with his trademark `Ascension Dunk.'" But the reality is main-stream daily newspapers are dropping like horse turds and The Onion is getting the red-carpet treatment. Perhaps we should just accept that the..."Last Literate Person On Earth Is Dead At 98." But who cares. Or in the wisdom of our childhood, "What Me Worry?" Hey, we don't have to hide from our parents anymore. Meanwhile my favorites are "Pier1 Issues Formal Apology For Rattan Death March" and "Disembodied Voice In Elevator Wants To Know Way to San Jose." They make at least as much sense as anything else does today.

- John Lehman, [...].
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've been a long fan of "The Onion" and its brand of humorous fake journalism. They have an uncanny ability to over inflate an ordinary story (all those "are man" pieces come to mind), and present the most outrageous over-the-top headline in the most mundane matter-of-fact way imaginable. "The Onion" is a parody of "US News and World Report" style of journalism, and it is to their credit that they have never grown stale with their mockery.

When I go to "The Onion" website I am primarily interested in the headline, and to a lesser extent the first paragraph or two of each given story. So a book that is a collection of the front pages is exactly my kind of thing.

As 2010 just drew to a close, one cannot but help to reflect on the past decade or two and the major events that have been grabbing the headlines. Many, if not all, of these headlines were nothing to laugh about, but reflecting on the upsetting and tragic events can make for a very depressing read. Looking at the past two decades throughout the humorous lens of "The Onion" can take away much of that depressing sensation, and make one have a more light-hearted reflection on our recent history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Edgar Mihelic on January 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While I enjoyed the book, I liked both _Our Dumb Century_ and the satirical atlas better. I think the main reason being that the Onion's writers seem to do better with some context. The immediacy of topical humor is good, but some of the articles lack punch after the fact.

Also, This collection does not allow you to read more of the stories that might be intriguing to you. If the headline is not a punch in the gut, there is a lack of a narrative to build your story because it is only front pages. I would recommend it as a coffee-table book and a way to pass an idle Sunday afternoon. Perhaps you would be better served waiting for the paperback copy or venturing down to your local library to check this out.
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My husband and I own many of the Onion collections that include more than just the front page of the Onion, so I was a little skeptical when purchasing this book of the just the front pages. But that's where most of the humor is anyway! You will laugh out loud at every single page. The only part that wasn't as funny is the very front of the book; there are some old styled Onion pages that aren't quite as good. But that's just a little blip. This would be the perfect bathroom book if it wasn't a huge hardback edition. Love the Onion!
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By JesusFish&Chips on June 17, 2010
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I gave this as a gift to a family member and some of the other people in attendance sat there for quite a while laughing quite loud at this book. It's not the type of book one would pick up and read from cover to cover. The charm would wear off pretty quickly. It's good for picking up once in a while and turning to random pages for laughs. If you frequently have guests over and want a coffee table book to help them kill a few minutes, this would be an excellent choice.
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