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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (September 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316611107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316611107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
If there's that one person on your Christmas list for whom it's impossible to buy a gift - say, your conspiracy-theorist, rubber-necking, fascinated-by-the-strange kind of friend - the search for the perfect present may be over. The Smoking Gun, a website dedicated to bringing people actual copies of government documents about celebrities and normal people involved in a variety of strange situations, released a "best-of" book, The Smoking Gun: A Dossier of Secret, Surprising, and Salacious Documents from the Files of the Smoking Gun. Chock-full of all kinds of dirt, human stupidity, and general hilariousness, this is exactly the book for the person who has "everything."
Want to know the details of Marilyn Monroe's autopsy? What about Martha Stewart's attempt to run down a gardener who refused to take her advice? The police report of the first officer on the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide? President Nixon's background check from when he was thinking of joining the FBI? Tim Allen's sobriety test from 1997? The details of every attempt Dennis Rodman made to force himself on a woman? It's all here, in its original black-and-white glory, ready for your perusal.
Like a train wreck, you just can't tear your eyes away from The Smoking Gun's insane offering of all that makes our species better than the monkeys - or so we think, anyway. It's amazing, sick, and fascinating all at the same time. And, you've got the stocking stuffer for the person who has it all - because, chances are, they don't have Mike Tyson's arrest report. Just don't stay up all night reading it yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Reiner on October 8, 2001
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Bastone, Green & Glauber's book enters the leagues of Ripley's Believe It or Not, Ricky Jay's examination of con artists and circus folks, and Woodword & Bernstein's investigation into Watergate. In other words, it's fun, outrageous and incredibly revealing. Meticulously researched and entertainingly presented, the team paints a decidedly different picture of what we know and what we think we know. Fans of the web site will not be disappointed with what they find here; a must for muckrakers, malcontents and truth seekers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mangy Fox on October 4, 2001
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Sorry to gush but I absolutely loved this book. The smoking gun gives you the inside skinny on all sorts of things you didn't even know you wanted to know about. It's a book that is made up of documents: arrest reports on the famous, infamous and simply bizarre, contracts, memos, all sorts of stuff. I laughed out loud and my jaw dropped several times. A very fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric P. Rodawig on October 3, 2001
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Do you remember a while back when FOX ran "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" And do you remember that a week or so later, it was revealed that Rick Rockwell had a restraining order put on him? Well, the people at The Smoking Gun found it out, and told the country about it.
On their popular website, ..., court documents, letters written to government officials, FBI files, government studies, and many other official papers can be found. Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, they range from people complaining about 'obscene' license plates to Martha Stewart's alleged assault, to what happens when you explode a nuclear weapon in the vicinity of aluminum cans.
This book, their first, is filled with things in the archives of their website, and is a very interesting read. If you've ever been curious about what our government or celebreties are up to, you will love this book!
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