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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671673394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671673390
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is hilarious, informative and shocking.
Chipper
He can be as liberal as he likes, pointing out the hypocrisy of the Republicans as they tried to take Clinton down, just write the book.
M. Ash
The book is the type you can have around and pick up every now and then and read a few pages.
John G. Hilliard

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Andemicael on July 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
The cover has been crudely taped on backwards, the cover laminate is gone, the pages are dog eared, but my copy still holds together after countless re-readings.
Chronological, exhaustive coverage of the gaffes and shocking lies told to the american public that made reagan so memorable (or should have), combined with gems of pop culture, entertainment, crime, and so on. An illustrated, cynical diary of soundbites and factoids. If you were under the general impression that reagan wasn't that bad of a president, you will walk away from this a changed person: he WAS'NT the president! The ascerbic commentary may seem occasionally unfair, (more so if your a republican), but 9 times out of 10 it hits straight on, attacking both democrats and republicans with their own quotes and foolishness. But mostly reagan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By the_frog on May 11, 2001
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Paul Slanksy evidently hates everyone, and the 80's supplied him with more than enough material to nail them all. Obviously, Republicans take far more abuse because the book IS about the Reagan era. This book is funny and really cuts through the nostalgia many (GOP in particular) hold about the 80's. Great Read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
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Pure hilarity... I don't know whether to life or cry when I read this. If one didn't know it was true, one would think it was an absurd satire... Don't for a minute think that the 90's have seen the birth of incredulity and double-talk when it comes to our political leaders... This book sheds light on the late great 80s, the decade that brought you Michael Jackson, spandex, Bankrupt S&Ls and a budget deficit we'll be paying off for the next decade or so. In a lot of ways, this book predicts the rise of Ross Perot. The fact that this book is out of print must surely be the doings of some right wing wackos.. Has anyone seen Murdoch?... It astounds me that you can't buy this book. It should be required reading at all GOP conventions... But anyone, back to work. Gotta go pay off the deficit.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CharlieE on July 1, 2000
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I've lent this book to countless friends who all regarded former President Ronald Reagan as "a great man." Few of them adhere to that opinion today. It's astonishing to think that anyone so out of touch with reality could have been elected to two terms as President. Slansky's brilliant book combines seemingly unrelated pieces of information into a cohesive whole that reveals, once and for all, the astonishing incompetence of the Reagan administration. As a bonus, Slansky also manages to skewer virtually all aspects of popular culture of the 1980's. Since those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, this book should be required reading for all, lest we get another presidency like Reagan's. My copy has been read so many times that it is literally falling apart. One of the great books of the last fifty years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B Bear on February 17, 2011
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SPOILER ALERT! This book is not for fans of Ronald Reagan. It is not for Sarah Palin fans. It is not for anyone who can currently call himself or herself a Republican without feeling even a twinge of embarrassment, because everything that is repellent about that party today - the proud ignorance, the shrieking hypocrisy, the utter disregard, no, contempt, for the truth - was given a glorious send-off during the Reagan '80s.

The Clothes Have No Emperor, first published in 1989, is for anyone who lived through this surreal era not with a sense of pride in being an American - a pride the culture tried to make one feel guilty for not experiencing - but rather of humiliation for being led by this vapid front man for the avaricious, the corrupt and the callous. It is for anyone who was appalled to the marrow by the reality that no matter how many times Reagan forgot his lines and needed to be publicly cued, or referred to note cards containing scripts for even his most miniscule small talk, or trotted out those relentlessly recycled one-liners yet again (and received, yet again, the obligatory unearned laughs for them), the public and the media nonetheless conspired to pretend that an actor wasn't playing the role of President of the United States.

It is most especially for anyone too young to have been politically conscious - or even alive - during those eight surreal years, and who might therefore be tempted to buy into the preposterous myth of Reagan's greatness. No book better counters the vigorously propagated fable that Ronald Reagan, Godhead to the bitterly regressive party of greed and hate that the Republicans have become, was a Great President. Available at [...]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on November 26, 2004
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Maybe it was just me, but when I purchased this book on line I assumed it was going to be a book, you know the type with chapters and well thought out paragraphs. What I got was a book that is made up of day by day humorous quotes from the news sources of the time. So I was a little disappointed at the start just because my expectation was not met. With that out of the way I dug in and found the book provided a number of laughs and brought back a number of memories. The author picked up on mostly political issues to populate the book, but he does toss in a few pop culture items that usually show the ridiculous side of American life. The humor the author uses is rather dry and sarcastic, which fit very well with the news reporting style blurbs.

Overall the book is an easy to read, fun review of the 1980's that brought back a lot of memories for me. The author does tend to focus on a small group of topics, Geraldo Rivera, his dislike of popular music and Michael Jackson all seem to get repeated mentions. The book is the type you can have around and pick up every now and then and read a few pages. It is light fair and shows a 10,000 feet view of the 80's.
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