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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302900
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Uber-humorist Borowitz (Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers) churns out humor at a fast clip—and here is another timely example. Filled with short memos, talking points and marginal notes from its purported possessor, George W. Bush, this is the latest update of a playbook that claims to have changed very little in recent years—except that the Internet has made it easier to "spread lies and distortions." It advises candidates to scare voters with a doctored photo of a future Democratic-controlled Supreme Court featuring the Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin. There's a devastating sketch about how the Republic Party favors a credible voting process—in Iraq—followed by a somewhat labored Bruce McCallesque set of drawings of Republican-approved voting machines. A hilarious set of photos moves six degrees from Hillary Clinton to Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong Il. A Republican-to-English glossary translates "personal responsibility" to "welfare cuts" and "My fellow Americans" to "My fellow evangelical Christians." More silly, but still amusing, is a "Democrat to French conversion chart," rendering Joseph Biden as "Giscard Boudin." Enough serious points are presented with humor—how the Republicans fool the public with black faces prominent at their conventions, for example, or where the "war on terror" breaks down—to make this book more than just a diversion. (Oct.)
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"A genuine stand-out." -- The Guardian

"Captures the zeitgeist." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Swiftean satirist." -- Wall Street Journal

More About the Author

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times bestselling author and comedian who created the satirical column The Borowitz Report, which was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012 and has millions of readers around the world. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award, a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and a two-time host of the National Book Awards. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast), "the funniest human on Twitter" (The New York Times) and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning). His Kindle Single, "An Unexpected Twist," was a number one bestseller and Amazon's Best Kindle Single of 2012.

Customer Reviews

I am really glad that I made that first mistake, however.
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Would make a terrific gift for anyone who loves the Daily Show or even just the evening news.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frances S. Madeson on September 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What would we do without Andy Borowitz to let us know that it isn't so bad that we can't still laugh? The Republican Playbook is not only clever and entertaining with laughs on every single page from start to finish, but it properly belongs in a time capsule to let future generations know that some of us were aware, appropriately appalled and energetically resisted the tyranny of our day with every resource available including a damning wit, a comprehensive vision and Adobe® Photoshop® CS2.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the most popular political humor books in recent memory was America (The Book) : A Citizen's Guide to Democratic Inaction, put out by Jon Stewart and others at Comedy Central's The Daily Show. America was a political parody disguised as a civics textbook. Now comes another political parody in disguise, this time as a Republican strategy manual called The Republican Playbook. The book passes itself off as a top-secret manual misplaced by President George W. Bush (complete with "his" doodlings and commentaries within) on how to win elections and political points.

The trick in a book like this is to be over the top enough to be funny, yet just realistic enough to make it look and feel like what is being parodied. America succeeded in this, and so does The Republican Playbook. No opportunity to pick on Republicans is missed, particularly ones from the current administration-but the book offers "forewords" to "previous editions" from other Republican presidents that are equally entertaining. However, the book is seldom so overtaken with anger at the current administration that it loses its sense of humor, and maintains just the hint of plausibility needed to make a book like this work. The book is organized into five "lessons"that concern current political issues such as Iraq. Within these lessons. among the more entertaining sections are "Official Republican Supreme Court Litmus Test","How To Drain All Spontaneity From Your Town Meetings", and "Dr. Frist's Long-Distance Diagnosis of Leading Democrats". As he does in the last of these three, Borowitz is able to take plenty of digs at the Democrats, too. The Republican Playbook is a fun, relatively quick read that is clearly targeted to liberals, but many conservatives should be able to see the humor in it, too. This is one of the more entertaining American political parodies of the past several years. I repeatedly laughed out loud reading it, and other fans of current American politics will, too.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Katherine E. Zuckerman on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a slightly edited copy of mail I sent to Andy Borowitz. I seriously needed and loved this book. Please take a chance and buy it. As I said, above, it might save your life. Or at least your mental health!

Andy,

I sent a copy of your book to someone for their birthday, messed up the address part on Amazon and the book came to me (I did go back on Amazon and made sure that the birthday person got their own copy!). I am really glad that I made that first mistake, however. I have been reading MY copy and it is very smart, very funny, and almost frighteningly prescient. Especially the October surprise #2! You are soooo good. Instead of sinking into dispair (which is what I have done) over the whole Bush mess, especially the war, you made something sharp and poisonously funny from it. Oh, yeah. I am going to vote (much good it will do me in Idaho) but, no matter how the whole 2006 election turns out, I think I can continue to see the irony of the whole thing...now that you showed it to me. THANK YOU!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Jacobs on October 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rarely is it asked "Is our President learning"?

Even rarer, is that question answered with Andy Borowitz's good-natured wit and wisdom. Mr. Borowitz not only puts America's collective mind at ease that our President is learning, Mr. Borowitz's "The Republican Playbook" shows us exactly what it is our President has learned.

The Republican-authored Wikipedia entries for Harry Reid and John Edwards are fall off your chair funny. The debate tips -- including the section on "change the topic before the topic changes you" -- will make even the most jaded political news junkie grin. The photoshopped rendition of the Supreme Court featuring the Dixie Chicks and Michael Moore is priceless, notwithstanding the fact that these gems -- and so much more -- can be yours for the shockingly low price touted by Amazon.

Mr. Borowitz has shown once again that he is the legitimate heir to Will Rogers -- except for maybe the part about trick roping while on horseback.

But I digress.

This is a very funny book that should not be missed.

For those whose politics lean left, it confirms much of what you always thought and provides the particulars and a whole lot more.

For those whose politics lean right, this book is a handy prop to prove that the current leader of the Free World has not been taking his cues from "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Politics."

For those whose politics lean neither left nor right, there are hilarious illustrations and not too many hard to pronounce words.

Don't miss this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Valancy on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Andy Borowitz is a genius of political satire! I ordered "The Republican Playbook" and Frank Rich's "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" at the same time. One is fiction, one is non-fiction. One makes me laugh, one makes me cry.

Although this book skewers Republicans, Andy is an equal opportunity satirist. You can subscribe to The Borowitz Report, a daily dose of topical humor, at borowitzreport.com.
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