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American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
For his first book Geist, from MSNBC's Way Too Early and Morning Joe, imagines private conversations, e-mail exchanges, Twitter feeds, speeches, and other scenarios involving top newsmakers from our time. Such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, Kate Gosselin, Tiger Woods, Levi Johnston, and "President" Sarah Palin are subjected to Geist's wooden, repetitive send-ups. As Geist tells it, most everyone-including all 20th century presidents-seem to be identical to each other, right down to their speech patterns: they are arrogant, lack self-awareness, and have a penchant for swearing. While they may, indeed, share certain qualities, individual personalities are lost on Geist. Occasional "true story" vignettes about real-life "freaks" feature much fresher and funnier content; while recounting a news story in which a man was arrested for pleasuring himself with a coin-operated car wash vacuum, Geist muses, "One assumes Whitesnake was playing on the radio." Clearly commentary, rather than storytelling, is Geist's strength, so it's a shame that narratives make up the bulk of this effort.
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About the Author
Willie Geist is host of MSNBC's Way Too Early with Willie Geist and co-host of Morning Joe and is a contributor to many NBC News programs. Geist also hosts Zeitgeist, a satirical video blog on MSNBC.com.
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So...what is this book? Funny. Entertaining. Something that makes us laugh about the madness all around us, which makes it something we could use a lot more of. It would probably help if you have watched Willie on Morning Joe a time or two because, having done so, you're not caught off guard with his brand of wit and Python-esque sarcasm ("'Eee's using Saaahrcasm."). Having seen Willie a few times and being familiar with his style of devilish humor, it was easy to get right into the book. I'm actually surprised that Willie does not have his tongue permanently stuck to his cheek after writing this.
So go ahead...buy it and have fun laughing out-loud as Willie lampoons the lineup of freaks in the American freak show. Life's too doggone short to be serious ALL the time! if you are the serious type you either REALLY need to buy this book or consider Googling "New Life."
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The premise of the book is that it's a celebration of America's freaks.Read more