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More about Penn and less about a lack of belief, be prepared for foul language and crass behavior
on May 16, 2017
I enjoyed the book and have been a fan of the author for a long time. I took off a star because the book really doesn't match the title. In fact, the book was much more about the author's anecdotal experiences than it was about either convincing or identifying atheist tendencies in the reader. The author has certainly led a colorful life, and has been extraordinarily lucky, and so being a fan I found it interesting to learn more about him. If you were not already familiar with, and interested in, Penn & Teller as famous magicians, you might not find the book interesting enough to get past the foul language, weird behavior, and a lot of general crass childishness written in, sometimes, excruciating detail.
As a book on general atheism, I would not recommend it at all. There are some cute quotes and some discussion of why Penn is himself an atheist, but between all that the book is more about Penn himself and his personal anecdotes. I'm not even sure why he went this direction as he could have removed a very small amount of the book and sold it as "Penn's thoughts and stupid human tricks." I probably would have bought it anyway...