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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: AlterNet Books (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097527242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975272428
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,420,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last, as Bush/Cheney staggers toward its final throes, here comes a book that pries back the door on our secretive Vice President and delivers a double-barreled blast of satiric buckshot. I predict Kluger and Slavin will be greeted as liberators!"
Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post

"This book is a hoot, a big hoot—a page-turner and a side-splitter that is so irreverent, its authors will undoubtedly soon be in the Witness Protection Program. Hide this book, read it alone in the dark—and fall down laughing!"
Phil Donahue, talk show pioneer

"This is a funny book. (I mean, I’m not going to say it’s the funniest thing in the world. That I reserve for my own work.)"
Mel Brooks, writer/producer/director

"Bring it with you to Gitmo."
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann

"A must-have item for spring-break!"
— Daily Kos

"If you've spent the last eight years gagging on Vice President Cheney and his hijinks, this should take the bad taste out of your mouth."
Lewis Black, Comedian/Host of Comedy Central's "Root Of All Evil"

More About the Author

BRUCE KLUGER is a writer, columnist and commentator whose work appears regularly in newspapers and magazines across the country, as well as on the Internet. A member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today, Bruce also frequently writes about fatherhood for Parenting magazine, and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, The Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, Time Out New York and the Huffington Post.

Formerly an editor of Playboy magazine and a DVD reviewer for Us Weekly, Bruce has written about current events, family and the popular culture for, among others, The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Time.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Salon.com, Alternet.org, ForbesTraveler.com, Arrive (the Amtrak magazine), Time Out New York, Time Out New York Kids, NickJr.com and the Sesame Street Workshop. He is the co-author, with David Tabatsky, of "Dear President Obama: Letters of Hope from Children Across America" (Beckham Publications Group, Inc., 2009). Additionally, Bruce co-edited and/or contributed to the books "The Right Words at the Right Time" and "The Right Words at the Right Time, Vol. 2: Your Turn!" (Atria Books, 2002 and 2006) and "Thanks & Giving: All Year Long" (Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 2004), all by Marlo Thomas. (The CD version of the latter book, for which Bruce served as Associate Producer, won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.)

Since 2001, Bruce has also been writing satire with David Slavin. Their work is regularly featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and in The Los Angeles Times; in dozens of syndicated newspapers around the country; and on countless sites on the Internet, notably The Huffington Post. Their books include "Young Dick Cheney: Great American" (AlterNet Books, 2008) and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas: 21st Century Edition" (Andrews McMeel, 2010).

Formerly an actor, Bruce appeared in the films "The Burning," "The Chosen," "Diner and "Playing For Keeps," and on the TV show "Diff'rent Strokes." Television enthusiasts might also remember Bruce from his three-year assignment as an on- air correspondent for the E! Channel's "The Gossip Show."

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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kohnstamm on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of negative things to say about our friend Dick Cheney, but Bruce Kluger and David Slavin do it with a particular comical gift. They manage to come at Dick with their relentless satire in a full frontal assault. If the cover photo doesn't make you laugh - or creep you out sufficiently - rest assured that there is lots more to follow... and it keeps pace right to the end. There are even a few lascivious details about young Dick and Lynne's budding romance, which made me want to put the book down and wash out my eyes with bleach, but the humor kept me going.

Highly recommended for its satirical take on such a terrifying figure and the off-beat format to the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on August 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Young Dick Cheney is hilarious beginning even at the dedication, until the hilarious ending (and I only WISH Curious George W. Books existed!) It's so absurd, but hysterically so! I'll admit, I thought it would be factual anecdotes with added mockeries, but I was definitely fine with settling for complete illogical mockery. It really makes me wonder what Cheney was like as a kid/teen. Oh, scary scary thoughts. Loved it, an amazingly snarky book for anyone who absolutely loves mocking Cheney and his idiocy.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book will help you teach your kids that with enough focus on the Bottom Line, anyone can be President. I mean Vice-President.

Richard "call me Dick" Cheney is a man who represents all that is possible in America if you stop worrying about what people think and just concentrate on the tasks at hand. He has done more as President, I mean Vice-President, or should we say President of Vice, than most any man ever. His 450,000 Halliburton (now based in Dubai, how logical, what a truly great American company, let's give them a trillion more to sell us cans of coke for 45 dollars) stock options await him once freed from the noble bonds of public service, so we can stop worrying how he'll survive once out of office. Chump change, really, compared to what he's done for a select group of American Patriots in the last 7 years. Well, 40, really.

Sure, the other 98% of the country is far worse off than before Cheney arrived on the scene, but their suffering pales in comparison to how really truly well Dick's friends are doing. Give a million, get a billion! Now that is Capitalism in action.

Not to mention the love and (conservative) compassion that Dick has so nobly bestowed upon our planet. Just think of all the thousands of terrorists and about a million Iraqi civilians who would still be contributing to the Greenhouse Effect (it's real at last, Bush's White House confirmed it as he leaves, now we can finally believe all those lying scientists, and let a new President fix it) were it not for the kindness of Richard Cheney.

How well he must sleep at night.

And boy is our environment doing great these days! Maybe we should think about not using so much oil in a decade or two.
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This book is wildly over the top and wonderful. I laughed all the way through it. You have to have been a political junkie for the last 7 years to get all the humor.
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