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The Devil's Dictionaries: The Best of the Devil's Dictionary and the American Heretic's Dictionary Paperback – August 1, 2004

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The funniest people I know all seem to have a copy of the Ambrose Bierce classic, The Devil's Dictionary, begun in 1881, which is not Satanic, but is certainly one of the most cynical (yet truthful) collections of bubble-popping definitions for many of our most sacred cows. This edition also contains a considerably longer modern successor to Bierce's classic, by Chaz Bufe, written in the same spirit but updated for the 1990s. Highly recommended to anyone who craves the truth behind the pretense. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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". . . a sharp and funny look at the 'sacred institutions' of America." -- Abilene Reporter News, Larry Lawrence reviewer

"Never has a dictionary provided so much raw honesty." -- Saginaw News, Janet Martineau reviewer

"Such bitterness, such negativity, such unbridled humor, wit and sarcasm." -- Mensa Bulletin, Tom Elliott reviewer

"The quirky cartoons by J.R. Swanson nicely complement Bufe's cruel wit. Recommended." -- Free Inquiry, Tim Madigan reviewer

"[This book] is filled with witty definitions." -- Deseret News, Dennis Lythgoe reviewer

Such bitterness, such negativity, such unbridled humor, wit and sarcasm. -- Mensa Bulletin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: See Sharp Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884365353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884365355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,795,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
_The Devil's Dictionary_ has long been one of my
favorite books of all time. Ambrose Bierce's
satirical definitions are elegant jewels of sardonic wit, hard and sparkling as diamonds.
The publisher of this book has had the inspired notion of showcasing Bierce's wit by displaying it side by side with the work of a truly moronic and talentless imitator, one "Chaz Bufe" (a name Bierce himself might have invented for one of the "poets" whose works grace certain definitions in his own classic work). Bierce's diamonds of wit glow all the more brightly in contrast with the rank and malodorous cow pie that is "The American Heretic's Dictionary."
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I have been a fan of Ambrose Bierce for many years, and I've often wished that someone would update and add to his classic

Devil's Dictionary. Bufe has done a great job of blending his definitions with those of Bierce. Bufe certainly has the sardonic wit and caustic humor that characterized "Bitter" Bierce. Instead of reading the old reprints of Bierce's D.D., I would highly recommend this updated and overhauled version of that classic satire.
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Bierce's is obviously a classic and Bufe modernizes it wonderfully in his new version which lashes out at society just as well as it's inspiration albeit with slighty more layman language. Both books (despite what some seem to think) are decidedly anti-religious and leftist. That doesn't mean, however, that liberals are left unharmed though. All in all I think it's target audience will find it a fun read and it's targeted victims will be the only ones whining about it.
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'the american heretic's dictionary' is a poor imitation of bierce's classic 'the devil's dictionary'. bierce's insight and wit is a two-edged sword striking the foibles of anyone and everyone. 'heretic's dictionary' is a narrow-minded and biased attempt to capitalize on this work by throwing together some cheap-shots at those who disagree with the author's point of view. true, some of the shots are valid, but many are not really and too many are simply petty and vindictive. if you want true insight and satirical comment (still valid after a century), buy the 'devil's dictionary', not this piece of trash
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It would be fitting if I could somehow link my name, as a book reviewer, to, say, Edgar Allen Poe, and credit this review to him. Mr. Bufe has created a similar ruse, using the name and reputation of a great American wit to sell his personal hateful, condescending, bitter spite as clever social commentary. There is no wit about Bufe, and his commentary rarely reaches the intellectual level of the Dixie Carter character's rants in the television show "Designing Women." Where was the editor for this project? Probably the worst thing, overall, this reviewer has read
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By citizen on November 26, 2005
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Let the right-wingers rant and rave - this is a really, really funny (and unusually truthful) look at society, life in the 2000's and people in general. Those who rail at this book would do well to read a little more closely and ponder a bit more deeply. Whatever your (political, sexual, etc.) bent, at the very least this book should make you think. Have some individuals forgotten the term "devil's advocate"?
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