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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

According to Leary, his first book is not for the faint of heart, by which he means Americans: "I am here to debunk and declassify and otherwise hold up a brutally honest mirror to our fat, ugly, lazy American selves." Now, a good many comedians make a career out of daring to speak the ugly, gasping truths that few others would. Leary brings a particularly acid-tinged tone to his rantings about annoying children, why cats are satanic spawn, what an ugly racket the Catholic Church is and (more surprisingly) why he loves Oprah. The book will most likely appeal to fans of Leary, and while the material might have been better delivered as a live performance (some of these hate-laced monologues are just begging to be read aloud), Leary himself wildly entertains. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Denis Leary has appeared in more than thirty films, including the Oscar-nominated Wag the Dog, The Thomas Crowne Affair, and Ice Age, as well as the Christmas cult classic The Ref, and such indie favorites as Jesus’ Son and Suicide Kings. Leary was the co-creator, producer, and star of the critically acclaimed network comedy The Job. His one-man shows No Cure For Cancer and Lock ’n Load broke viewing records on HBO. Leary has also written for New York Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Esquire, and many other publications. He is the co-writer, creator, and star of the four-time Emmy and Golden Globe–nominated television series Rescue Me. He lives in Connecticut.

More About the Author

Denis Leary has appeared in more than thirty films, including the Oscar-nominated Wag the Dog, The Thomas Crowne Affair, and Ice Age, as well as the Christmas cult classic The Ref, and such indie favorites as Jesus' Son and Suicide Kings. Leary was the co-creator, producer, and star of the critically acclaimed network comedy The Job. His one-man shows No Cure For Cancer and Lock 'n Load broke viewing records on HBO. Leary has also written for New York Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Esquire, and many other publications. He is the co-writer, creator, and star of the four-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominated television series Rescue Me.

Customer Reviews

First off, this book is a riot from page one.
Hunter Sixx
What was a surprise was that so much of this book seemed to have been drawn from Tony's very own rantings!
Happy Face
My son enjoys this book because it is funny and he really likes Denis Leary.
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217 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Hunter Sixx on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First off, this book is a riot from page one. I don't write reviews because I think everyone else out there does it better, but after reading the one star reviews on this book I had to chime in. Leary has a mean and angry style to his comedy. If you're easily offended, every other paragraph will get under your skin. This would not be the book for you. This would be a great book for anyone that does have a sense of humor and that can laugh at themselves without being offended.

The one star reviews annoy me. I like hard rock and to me, those reviews come off as being the same as if I wrote a one star review of the latest blue grass album because it's not what I like. It would be a waste of my time and the reader's time.

In the Prologue, Leary comes out saying that this is a comedy book. It is a parody, satire and poking fun. His exaggerated take on life. That's what all comedians do and Leary does it well. He also points out that there are endless things you can buy in America - but a sense of humor isn't one of them. Well put.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Zenster on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received "Why We Suck" as a gift on the same day that shoppers killed a man trampling him while lined up for "Holiday Shopping" at Walmart and realized this is WHY WE SUCK.
Happily, the book is funny and fun to read.
Sadly, it is a true commentary about our lives.
From CelebuTards to Dr Full to Mr Leary's idea of justice for Michael Vick, the book is astounding in it's genuine insights into WHY WE TRULY SUCK. Mr. Leary is a man with his eyes open and a mind that has not been brainwashed by the spin doctors and Dr Fulls of this world.
If you read one book this year, Why We Suck should be the one.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Dr." Denis Leary explains it all --- literally. (Leary earned an honorary doctorate in 2005 from his alma mater, Emerson College, and he intends to use it.) For the Boston-bred comedian, there are no sacred cows, no taboos, no subjects off limits --- the Catholic Church, celebrities, politicians, even his Irish lineage. No one is safe from ridicule, and when Leary takes aim with his razor-sharp wit, he takes no prisoners.

When first published in November, WHY WE SUCK and its author courted controversy concerning his statements on afflictions like childhood autism, especially when he says: "There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumbass kids can't compete academically so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks and psychotherapists to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't give a **** what these crackerjack whackjobs tell you --- your kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."

This hardly seems like the diagnosis of a doctor, but as Leary clearly states in his lengthy prologue, "This is a comedy book. Which means it's meant to be funny. So when I say something in here I am offering up my opinion, my slightly exaggerated take on people, places and things and very often a twisted take on reality. In other words: it is parody, satire and poking fun." So I guess the offended parties skipped right over the prologue to get to the offending chapter.

Leary has been a comedian/actor for over 20 years. He created and stars in the popular F/X series "Rescue Me," which is about to begin its fifth season. But even in his earliest stand-up days, he wasn't a stranger to controversy.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on January 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book delivers as promised. It finds a way to offend everybody and every imaginable grouping of everybodys.

But it does so in a nice, mostly entertaining way. It makes us laugh---at ourselves and at others.

And isn't that what the old TV show, "All In The Family" did? Offended nearly everyone and made us find a way to laugh at ourselves? And, doing so, find some measure of common ground?

That's what this book does: Meathead meets Archie Bunker in one long rant, 240 pages worth, guaranteed to make you laugh, make you smile and, a times think, "Oooh, Don't believe I'da said that..."

There's something here for everybody
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Ellefsen on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong Leary-fan I had to read this book. It is generally as good as i hoped, but some chapters/passages resembles a transcript of a stand-up show, which should have been avoided.
I seriously believe that doctor leary is on to a good thing with this book, and I do not envy those poor schmucks who are provoked by this book, because they have missed out on most of whats true and real in life.

I belive a lot in this book can be summed up like this:
"Do not make life into something more complicated than it is..."
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Santos on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
[A word of warning: If you're a gender stereotype and you see Denis Leary walk into the room? Run and hide, because he's going to beat you to death.]

OK, but seriously, if your idea of comedy is "Girls play with DOLLS, boys play with TRUCKS! OK!?" then by all means, buy this book. If you think "DOGS are better than CATS! Your cat SUCKS!" is a hilarious observation, this book is for you. Go on, treat yourself. If you think bullies are a boon to society and kids who are bullied should just suck it up, this is your guy. And if you think Oprah (?!) is a national treasure, an all-knowing and righteous goddess, then you and Denis need to go bowling together.

If, on the other hand, you think tired cliches, worn-out homespun "wisdom" and recycled cultural tropes about traditional families are outdated and devoid of humor, stay the hell away.

I slogged through the first 160 pages of this tripe because a good friend gave me the book as a gift. I couldn't finish it. And I finish *every* book I start. It was that bad.

Leary's act has always seemed more style than substance - like Andrew Dice Clay if he hadn't been in on the joke. This book seals that impression for me. The guy is desperate to portray himself as harsh and edgy, but the vein of comedy he mines was exhausted forty years ago. Take away the swearing and the attitude and even your grandmother would find Leary boring and benign.
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