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Bill Maher hosts the hit HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher and also hosted Politically Incorrect for nine years. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? and True Story. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775137
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
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In World War II, there was a very famous poster of a man driving a car with a shadow of Adolph Hitler in the passenger seat. The caption was "When you ride ALONE you ride with Hitler! Join a Car-Sharing Club TODAY!" This was an appeal to save gasoline for the war effort and that every gallon of gasoline used was one less that could be used to fight the war. Maher makes the very valid point that it is just as true today as it was during World War II. The reason that American forces are fighting in the Middle East is because there is oil there and the Western nations need it to run their economies. If there was no oil or no need for it, hundreds of billions of dollars could be saved and we could care less what happens there. If even simple, relatively painless fuel economies were enacted, a large amount of that dependence could be eliminated. He also explains how the Bush administration has made very little effort to have the American people sacrifice things for the "war on terror."

Maher also makes other very valid points using posters, some of which had analogues created in World War II. Each poster also has an explanatory caption, where Maher is at his best in intelligent ranting combined with satire. One of my favorites is "Knowledge Wins" where he points out that to fight an enemy successfully, you must understand them. He quotes "The Art of War" and George C. Scott as General Patton when he notes that the only way to defeat the terrorist threat is to understand it. Groups such as bin-Laden's are largely Islamic in nature, well funded and have the support of hundreds of millions of people. Just as importantly, millions of those people own land floating on the oil that we cannot do without.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Le Chat on September 13, 2005
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Who by now isn't familiar with the satire and political incorrectness of Bill Mahr? He has always been capable of thinking as fast as he can talk, and this book encapsulates his opinions into one to two page, easily readable, hilarious proddings to anyone with the brains to question the way things have been going in America since September 11. He points out the many ways most of us here have been choosing to live like ostrichs with our heads in the sand, and ways we can change our politically correct lameness into intelligent, decisive self preservation. I especially enjoyed his explanation of why we should allow profiling in airports, why SUV owners deserve to be drafted (and why there should be a draft), and why we should not allow Muslim countries to muzzle their women - if it were Black men behind those veils, we'd have a fit.

Excellent, thought provoking reading for adults who can pry themselves away from FOX news and reality shows.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 30, 2005
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Maher is excellent at point out inconsistencies and hypocrisies. His basic platform in this book is following the format of WWII posters appealing to Americans to support the effort. One of these was "If You Ride Alone You Ride With Hitler," referring to the need to save gas. Maher points out that the need to conserve is just as great today because the monies ultimately go to OPEC tyrants who support terrorism. Unfortunately, we now act as though we have a god-given right to drive SUVs and waste gas.

Maher is also upset by the government's political correctness in refusing to use profiling at airport security points - thus, the little old lady in a wheelchair has a great an opportunity of being searched as an Osama look alike. True, the little old lady may be a fake, but that doesn't make me feel any better sitting on a plane behind three obvious Middle Eastern men who did not receive special screening.

Another topic of attention in the book is Maher's disgust that we don't want to see Islam as a problem - despite its prior record of trying to rid the world of "infidels" (everyone else), and the monopoly they have on today's terrorism. Again, political correctness bites America in the rear.

Throughout the book Maher makes clear that his patriotism for America is total - however, that does not mean that we should not question our leadership, or try to understand our enemy.

If only President Bush spent time listening to people like Maher, and not just neo-con crazies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on March 8, 2007
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I got introduced to Bill Maher through his HBO show. That is a mixture of no-nonsense political spiel with comedy mixed in. I then purchased his book "New Rules" which basically expands on the portion of the show where Bill says some really funny things about stupid things (both mundane and political). I really loved that book. This book is very different in that it only gives Bill's spin on how the current administration has "butchered" everything post 09/11 (minus the comedy). If you are an ultra conservative you will be put off by everything Bill says. Being in the middle I find that what Bill says in this book seems to be supported more by logic or common sense rather than digging up supposed "facts" that many of the political pundits seem to load in their books.

What always bothers me about what they claim in those books as "fact" can never really be verified as the sources can be tainted too. Though I agree with Bill on many of his subjects, many others I don't. I appreciate a good argument though (I loved being on the debating team in school).

Whether you agree with Bill or not he has an amazing presentation style that makes me enjoy his TV program even more.
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