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Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror: Observations and Denunciations by a Founding Member of Monty Python Paperback – December 20, 2004


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (December 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560256532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560256533
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Algernon D'Ammassa on February 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Unsurprisingly, the book is getting very low ratings from those who disagree with Jones's political views. It may also suffer from being overestimated by those sympathetic to those views.

This is a collection of columns written by humorist Terry Jones, beginning in in 2001 shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, and leaving off after Iraq's provisional government was granted limited sovereignty in the summer of 2004. Jones, known for his work with the Monty Python troupe and for his own books (including a controversial scholarly work on Chaucer), is a phlegmatic critic of the American Bush administration, and of the aid and comfort led to the American President by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The book ranges from satire, some of it brilliant; to sarcastic rimming; to editorial spleen (what one Amazon reviewer characterized as "whining").

Interestingly, the book (and its perspective) are strongest with the satirical pieces. "I'm Losing Patience With My Neigbors" was one of the funniest pieces of political humor to appear in 2003, written during the buildup to invasion of Iraq that year. In this, as with "It's Not Really Torture," Jones assumes the character of someone who adopts the logic of American policymakers in his normal relationships - sending up the fractured logic and twisted grammar of wartime in a way that is timeless yet, for our times, very pointed. Don't think it's easy.

The sarcastic pieces, "Bombing For A Safer World" or "Colin Powell's Exploding English" play more for the converted, and while Jones is a very funny and analytical thinker, these columns become repetitive and tend towards commentary we have already heard.
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on February 20, 2005
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I discovered Jones as a writer with his marvelous book on Chaucer. This book is quite a different type of work, but just as enjoyable in its own way. He is both witty and very logical in his criticism. I take issue with the reviewer who prefers Ann Coulter, saying she backs up her allegations with "tons of material." Read Franken's "Lies & the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" for an analysis of Coulter's fraudulent footnoting--or just do the research yourself. As for the comment that she is "as mean spirited as Jones tries to be"-- true, she IS meanspirited--but I don't think Jones is, nor do I think he is trying to be. This is what is called "satire," guy. Jones' sesne of humanity and deep compassion for the people hurt by Bush's & Blair's policies is always close to the surface and obviously sincere. When has anyone ever claimed compassion on the part of Coulter?
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By JNC on February 1, 2005
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I'm only half way through this book and the stark realizations and unwavering logic is overwhelming. Although I agree with everything Mr. Jones says, he's approached it from an angle unfamiliar to me. I highly recommend this book.... but only if you don't fear the truth about this administration. Now.... if only Bush and Blair were this sensible.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on August 29, 2006
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Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, has written a very funny book on current affairs, composed of articles he wrote for the Guardian and the Observer from 2001 to 2004.

He shows the real reason for the attack on Iraq quoting the Project for the New American Century's `Rebuilding America's Defenses 2000': "The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

The same report admits, "adversaries like Iran, Iraq, and North Korea are rushing to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons as a deterrent to American intervention in regions they seek to dominate." So they want nukes to deter American aggression - sounds reasonable.

Terry is not very nice to Mr Bush. He cites an undersecretary in Bush's administration as saying, "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the U.S. [That bit's right, anyway!] He was appointed by God."

So was it God who wanted to take health insurance off four million Americans, and jobs off two million? Did God want to withdraw benefits from working families earning less than $35,000 a year, by cutting Medicaid, supplemental health insurance, nutrition assistance and welfare? CNN reports, "Half of all Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck - effectively one paycheck away from poverty." But then he (He?) balanced all this by generously awarding tax breaks worth $50,000 per person to America's richest one per cent.

It's only fair that Bush's crony Blair gets some stick too.
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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Muhsin on January 12, 2005
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Comics are the philosophers of today. Using comedy Jones was able to analyze topics that, sadly, no serious journalist/commentator/pundit/talking head was able to do. Great Work Mr. Jones.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Cannon on February 17, 2005
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These editorials are really worth reading, blending satire and humor with truth and giving you facts that you never hear from the major news outlets. This book is great and I would recommend it to anyone.
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