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Whether or not you've read Joe Quint's blog, this book will keep you laughing in a riotous and/or embarrassingly loud manner with every page. Quint's first book has a look at several surprising items and pop-culture phenomena younger than McCain, almost all of which have not previously appeared on his blog, and I have to say I even found the small bonus section on "Things Older than McCain" highly amusing (the War of 1812! etc.) - not since the stylings of Dave Barry has subtle (and not so subtle) political humor made me randomly bust out laughing.
The book is a fun little flip-through read which can be a witty, edgy substitute for a coffee-table standard, a fantastic conversation starter (do we truly want a president who is older than the invention of PENICILLIN? Penicillin, people. Really.) - and it'll have your friends envying your impeccable taste in humor. This is definitely gobs of fun for anyone and a great buy - loved it!!
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My son, Steven, gave me this book for Christmas 2008 and it was one of my favorite gifts. It is a cleverly constructed and humorously annotated list of--Can you guess?--72 things that have been around less time than John McCain. My personal favorites are: Alaska, duct tape, Geritol and Social Security. I had a good time reading it and look forward to passing it around the office next week.
It's my own fault that I ruined it for myself by going back and reading the introduction. This cost me my good feeling about the book and the author--should he care--a couple of stars. You see, he seems to think he is taking on "...one of the real issues of the day...and not because I like young people more than I like old people, but because all experience isn't necessarily good experience and because it is important to be relevant, inspiring, exciting, engaging, and sharp." (p. vii). This intention is fine; it just doesn't match the rest of the book.
John McCain's age certainly was a real issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. But a book full of jokes is not engaging in a meaningful discussion of this issue or any other. During the 2004 campaign, I read Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World by John Kerry and John Edwards. THAT was a discussion of the issues. And I was grateful that they wrote it, even though I disagreed with some of what they had to say. I am sorry to belabor this point, but we need to know the difference between humor and useful discussion, between Jay Leno's monologue--no matter how funny--and a Washington post editorial. I worry that the author does not. I fervently hope that his readers do.
Though the campaign has been over for about 2 1/2-3 years, this book will surely elicit laughter among anyone who believes, first of all, that age was a issue in the campaign, and, second of all, from anyone younger and older than McCain. Though it is not incredibly deep, I highly recommend it!
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