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Rooney, revered 60 Minutes commentator, weekly syndicated newspaper columnist, and best-selling author (most recently of Years of Minutes) delivers a collection of caustic, comic essays on topics ranging from the serious (Iraq, global warming) to the absurd (the outdated semi-colon, irritating cell phone ring tones) that proves he hasn't lost his cranky appeal. Written over the past four years, these highly opinionated and often chuckle-worthy vignettes are refreshingly candid and paint a fortified portrait of Rooney's frustrations with the state of the world. In 10 themed sections (including Daily Life, Politics and Sports), Rooney showcases his broad knowledge and voluminous gripes; though they won't dazzle the literati, Rooney's signature cynicism and stream-of-consciousness voice shine through. There is something for everyone in this collection: election junkies will find the petulant "Crab Grassroots Campaigning" particularly amusing; pack rats and recyclers alike will identify with "We're Wasting Away" (the perfect case of "sad, but true"); and those who just plain love Andy will cherish his quirky lists in "Things I Love to Hate" and "Things to Do Today." In the preface, Rooney asks himself, "How much do I have to say that anyone cares about reading?" Luckily for him-and for us-he has an entire book's worth.
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The reader can almost hear Rooney's meandering delivery of his 60 Minutes commentaries in this essay collection. In his inimitable rambling but cogent style, Rooney delivers probing questions, sound observations, and occasional whimsy. Rooney concedes that he is no great writer, but he has a wry sense of the everyday life that puts both the large issues and the small stuff into perspective. The essays focus on philosophy, food and drink, work, politics, war, sports, money, his life, and the English language. In an essay on the enormous amount of trash Americans generate each day, he notes that when we speak of throwing things away, "there's really no such place as 'away.'" Rooney riffs on marriage statistics and adds some of his own "homemade statistics" as observations of the likelihood of lasting unions. Rooney also defends the profession of journalism, questions Tom Brokaw's assertion that Rooney's generation--who fought World War II--was the greatest, and wonders why so many Americans speak English so poorly. Rooney's observation on war: Americans learned more firsthand in a day about the progress of World War II than we will learn in a year about the current war as long as the military controls information. Responding to inquiries about when he will retire, Rooney declares: Never. "I am never happier than when I am working." Fans will adore this collection. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586485059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586485054
  • ASIN: B001G8WO2C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bill Mack on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read most all of Andy Rooney's books and was looking forward to this, his latest. I must be honest, there was a bit of doubt in my mind. I am such a fan of this man via his "60-Minutes" input on CBS, his syndicated columns, and the various books --- all leading to the question, "Does Andy have the fuel for another outstanding collection to share with us on the printed pages?" No, I wasn't questioning his ability because of his age. Mr. Rooney is ageless! He simply gets better with the added years. Since most writers seem to reach a peak and begin to lose some steam after brainstorming for so long, there was some uncalled-for doubt that he could continue on the same level as in the past. Of course, it was idiotic of me to create such needless drab in my mind. After diving into OUT OF MY MIND, I quickly realized Andy Rooney has never been better. When referring to current issues pertaining to world affairs, he presents them with honesty, as if he's simply discussing some serious "happenings" while chatting with you in the living room ... or over cups of coffee in the kitchen. When projecting some of his personal thoughts, he makes you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" Andy Rooney is needed as never before. He speaks our language! OUT OF MY MIND, like his other works, simply makes the day a lot better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Reinstein TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have been a faithful viewer of CBS' "60 Minutes" since it's inception. It is a basic part of my Sunday evening. For many years now - no, not from the beginning - the final piece has been Andy Rooney talking about - well, whatever Andy Rooney feels like talking about. Generally taking between 1 1/2 and 3 minutes (tops, I think), in a casually curmudgeonly way, comments on just about everything from politics, to economics - history to science - magic to silverware - marriage to dogs (no suggestion of direct correlation intended.) I haven't thought that every one of his pieces was wonderful or even worth listening to - but I have been consistently amazed at his ability to earn a VERY good living literally chattering about anything he likes for a couple of minutes a week. Astounding!

His success and notoriety on TV is paralleled by his many books of collections of these 'commentaries.' I believe that there are, as of now, at least ten of them. This review is of the most recent, "Out Of My Mind." The title is not about his concerns that he is crazy - it is rather a literal statement about where the material in the book came from!

The book is organized into ten parts, each of which contains a plethora of examples of Andy's verbal meanderings about matters large and small - about things of consequence and about what might generously be dubbed as trivia. Andy does both pretty well. Every once in a while, his wry humor is punctuated with comments that jolt the reader back to recalling that Rooney began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes - the newspaper written for our servicemen while they were fighting their way through World War II. Even when he is being silly, we can feel the force of real life experience, pain and humanity under it all.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Mcmahom on December 9, 2006
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There are 176 essays in this book. I would like to teach a high school class for a year called "Andy". We would read one essay each day, discuss it and have the students write an essay. Imagine a class that taught critical thinking! It would never sell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on February 24, 2008
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Product arrived in a timely manner.
Book is halarious and easy to read.
Thanks to the format you can read a couple of sections and come back to it when time allows.
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By V. L. Wilson on August 4, 2010
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Andy Rooney is the premier writer of short essays! I've enjoyed a delightful time reading this book published in 2006. 60 Minutes would not be the same without Andy's three minute opinion piece at the end. Reading his essays are all the more brilliant. Sure he can be contrary but who isn't? Most of his opinions we can all agree with and laugh about, or ponder.

There are 353 pages and you will want more! Topics include daily life, at work and in the newsroom, the nation at war, politics, food and drink, Andy's personal life, money, the English language and sports. Every short essay is clear and to the point - no wasted words.

Andy Rooney is, in my opinion, an honorable man who is still forming opinions and sharing them in his ninth decade with ease, courage, competence, and most importantly, wisdom. Thanks for your insights, Andy. I wish all writers could form sentences like you do.
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I was most impressed with a deep look into the life of Andy Rooney... Humor was his style yet he faced many tribulations. His use of words could lead you in many directions yet, return you to the point that he created for you to arrive at... A master, better yet, a creative master of words and their arrangement.. Lots of fun, leaving you contemplative, where could he possibly going next1!! Oh Yes, a must read... Chuck...
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I'm not one to watch shows like 60 Minutes, but the one thing I will always watch is Andy Rooney's musings on various and sundry topics at the end of the show. For a good look at the more mundane everyday things that we so often take for granted or wonder if others are thinking this too, here is the fun of it. He thinks on many a topic and always finds the funny side of it. An excellent read! Also makes a great gift.
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