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American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Then its the welcoming initiation for Tiger woods at the Wilton Norman Chamberlain Sexual Addiction Institute in Southern California for celebrity sex addicts. Other members include Charlie Sheen, Richard Gere, Rev. Ted Haggard, Paris Hilton, etc. The group leader, Dr. Vanden Fanning, keeps emphasizing how their affliction is a disease, not a moral shortcoming. Photos of JFK and WJC adorn the wall.
Then its off to less interesting segments, such as tweets from Lindsay Lohan, supposedly similar in spirit to MLK's writing from a Birmingham jail decades ago (a loud cry for justice), excerpts of suggestions passed on from prior White House occupants to their successors, conversations between Gov. Spitzer and his 'girlfriend,' Levi Johnson's application essay to Berkeley, etc.
The best evidence that we are indeed a dying republic, is not just the list of mostly American characters Geist satirizes here, but the fact that the "Mourning Joe show," (pun intended, an hour long collection of a million advertisements, interspersed with Joe Scarborough's always incoherent ramblings), is the best the country has to offer during the hours of 6-9 am.
The biggest freak of that show is the insufferably egotistical rightwing jackass host, Joe Scarborough, who lacks even the minimum awareness to know that his views are only slightly to the left of, and only slightly less rank and incoherent than those of Sarah Palin. Meka Brzezinski (Joe's female co-host and much abused masochistic sidekick) at least has no excuses, for clearly she comes from good genetic stock. But Joe, even for the rightwing, (and of whatever is his lowly genetic stock) is clearly a lost cause.
Geist had to do something before he loses his mind and goes completely batty. This book is obviously his own self-approved sanity check project. It showcases other freaks out in the firmament: from Tiger Woods, Bernie Madoff and Dick Cheney, to Lindsay Lohan and everyone's favorite idiot and freak, ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Although all of the entries are LOL funny, the best two in my view are the "Presidential Book," in the "Obama versus Dick Cheney: late night in the White House Kitchen," and the "Bernard Madoff: Welcome to Hell" roast.
Geist finally gets to "let loose" and flex his considerable intellectual muscles. We are all better for it. When he can no longer take it, he's got a career away from his day job. Four stars.
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why did I wait so long to read this? must've been busy watching him on all of his tv shows.Published on March 8, 2014 by kerri padilla
Pay no attention to anyone who says differently. This book is HYSTERICAL! From Sarah Palin's Inaugural Address to the Neverland Ranch Garage Sale, this book screams. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Geno Conte
I love Willie Geist! So witty, clever and such a great read! I'm looking forward to the next one...and hopefully soon!Published on June 9, 2012 by Anya
I'm a Morning Joe and Willie Geist fan, but the HS boys' locker room language disguised as humor leaves much to be desired. Sorry Willie, it just did not make me laugh.Published on April 17, 2011 by Ailene Cusack
I purchased this item for my son who thoroughly enjoyed it. He in turn bought one also to give as a gift.Published on March 12, 2011 by Ren
American Freak Show: Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasure comes from the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe and offers a fun insider's perspective on today's... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
Easily one of the worst books I've ever read.
The premise of the book is that it's a celebration of America's freaks. Read more
You know, I've never laughed reading the Acknowledgments section of a book before. Willie Geist finds genuine humor (as well as Grade-A snark) in so many of our current Passing... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by Steve Schwartz, Austin