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A Practical Guide to Racism Hardcover – December 27, 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

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As everyone knows, there's only one thing that can end racism: laughter. Or fire. This book is a ready source of both. Read it with someone you hate.
Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show"
An insightful and provocative treatise on race.?
John Hodgman, author of "The Areas of My Expertise"
Mr. Dalton's book is sure to soothe, or possibly inflame, racial hatred.
George Meyer, writer and producer for "The Simpsons"

aAs everyone knows, there's only one thing that can end racism: laughter. Or fire. This book is a ready source of both. Read it with someone you hate.a
aJon Stewart, "The Daily Show"
aAn insightful and provocative treatise on race.?a
aJohn Hodgman, author of "The Areas of My Expertise"
aMr. Dalton's book is sure to soothe, or possibly inflame, racial hatred.a
aGeorge Meyer, writer and producer for "The Simpsons" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

C. H. Dalton is the creation of Sam Means, an Emmy-winning writer for The Daily Show and a cartoonist for The New Yorker. Means is a former contributor to The Onion and Saturday Night Live. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403486
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick M. Carroll on August 27, 2010
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This book killed me. I laughed out loud so many times that my wife thought I was going insane. Of course, I thought about trying to explain to her what was so funny, but being Korean and having limited exposure to American culture, she wouldn't understand. I guess that should make me happy.

The book takes the nine races and looks at each one individually in a faux-19th Century quasi-scientific approach. It examines Hispanics, Jews, Whites, Indians and Injuns, Blacks, Asians, Merpeople, Arabs, and Gypsies. Need I say more? The glory of the book is that it catches you laughing at racist remarks but at the same time reminds you of how utterly ridiculous racism is.

The one thing that I would caution is that this book requires a decent understanding of American culture and history to get all of the jokes. There are some references to 80's pop songs, 60's musicians, and TV shows from the 40's and 50's.
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My nephew who is in college had this item on his holiday gift list. When it was delivered to my mailbox, I flipped through it before gift wrapping it... and I was totally sucked in to this book! Everyone in our house passed this book around that night randomly selecting paragraphs or quotations to read aloud. We laughed at the silliness of it all.

The title makes it sound like it could be offensive - one of my initial thoughts, and the reason I started perusing the contents. If it is considered offensive, at least it offends everyone equally across the board. No group is exempt. It is actually based on a course about white supremacy taught by a college professor in the early 1900's - and then satirized to amplify how absolutely ridiculous and stupid bigots sound when they speak.

The gift was received with a lot of hugs and gratitude from my nephew who is sharing it with friends and colleagues.
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This book will either turn you into a complete racist or make you completely hate racism but either way, it's an incredibly funny read.
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This book has a certain amount of truthiness to it, and as it was (allegedly) written by a member of The Colbert Report's writing staff, there should be no true surprise.

But, bypassing all that, it is almost like coming across some alternate reality history book, where all the unvarnished discriminatory natures seen and known all our lives had actual factual backup. Many times during my reading of this book, I had to stop reading because I had to wrap my head around a statement about some racial group that made my head hurt, both from shock and to keep from bursting out loud in an inappropriate place (like a morning rush-hour train) especially since I made no attempt to cover the book's title.

I can see why some people would totally trash this book, if you read it as a straight book, but it makes such a device of more or less telling you straight out this is not going to be a serious discourse on racism, that if you don't GET that, you are as dumb as this book thinks you are.

I was recommended this book by a friend of mine in the military, who was turned on to it by a member of his unit (who happens to be a prominent member of one of the many non-White races described within), who took to quoting from it out loud at random. Believe me, as (or, if) you read this book, you will see many quotable quotes, just be sure you know what kind of company you keep, because some of these statements, out of their humorous context, could get you hurt....

I broadly recommend it, just be sure to read with an open mind and sense of humor, or you'll miss the point.
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In case you're worried that C.H. Dalton plays favorites, let me allay your concerns. Every race, gender, ethnicity and even species you can think of is skewered in this book. Dalton's comments are often as incisive as they are funny. At the end of the book you are left not only with a ton of laughs but also with a real feeling of the absurdity of racism.
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If you like the Daily show and Colbert books, then you will like this one, if you're not an uptight politically stupid and have the ability to recognize satirical humor when it comes to race, then you will find this book very entertaining.
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A Practical Guide to Racism offers pitch-perfect satires of racism of every stripe. Humor of the Sarah Silverman variety is blended with Dadaist absurdism and its close sibling: the scientific racism of the nineteenth century (a helpful appendix compares the skulls of members of dozens of races to the skull of Friedrich Schiller). The blustery narrator Dalton parrots and exaggerates all of the brutish and inane things that men have ever said of one another. Not for the faint of heart, but then, as this book amply demonstrates, neither is real life.
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By Apr :-) on February 3, 2014
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I wish I had a few more of these to pass out as gifts. From the first page, I was laughing out loud. Towards the end, I was worn out by all the racist content, but that is probably part of the author's intent... I will say that if you have someone in mind for this book, they will most likely enjoy it very, very much.
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