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From Publishers Weekly

The often controversial Rooney here picks on such easy targets as the decline of romance, dull textbooks, the U.S. postal service, the dearth of good conversation, unwanted Christmas gifts and the Miss America contest. "These calculatedly curmudgeonly pieces touch on phenomena with which almost everybody can identify," remarked PW. 100,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is the latest collection of essays by columnist and 60 Minutes correspondent Rooney. These one- and two-page essays, written in a light-hearted tone and offering sensible values--Rooney's hallmarks--are less formulaic than in his past books the most recent being Word for Word, LJ 2/1/87-- Ed. , but still seem similar and predictable when read collectively. The best piece is the preface, which lists 100 opinions that put Rooney's popular, often insightful sentiments in a nutshell. A small weakness is his criticism of incorrect word usage in one essay while misusing "disinterested" and "wherefore" in others. Missing here are any of the more serious pieces which have provided depth and balance to previous works. Rooney's work appeals to a broad audience, and like his past books, this one should be quite popular. Recommended.
- Annie Davis, Technology Training Assocs., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140131728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140131727
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,122,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Old men usually have a lot of important things to say; the problem is that either many of them do not know how to say it in an interesting and engaging manner, or do not care to share their wise thoughts as they've learned that silence is golden. Not so with Andy Rooney; this crankiest of old men has a lot of things to say, loves to say them, and is pretty good at making it interesting. An example is this book, one of multiple by the 60 minutes personae. Written as a compilation of items he has discussed on air at various times, each short section examines a certain issue from multiple points of view. Some topics are heavy; like the Cold War or women's rights. Other topics are more lighthearted; like food, sports, and annoying habits that we put up with in our close relations. This is an interesting book and worth the time to read it. The book appeals to more than just old people, and anyone with any sort of humor can appreciate it. I recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
"With so many fools in the world, it's impossible to make the world foolproof. The people trying to make the world safe for everyone are fighting a losing battle and one that makes life difficult for the average person." - from NOT THAT YOU ASKED

After Andy Rooney died in November 2011, I was compelled to pick up a copy of NOT THAT YOU ASKED found on the book exchange shelf of the local Y since I'd always enjoyed his weekly commentary ending "60 Minutes."

In this volume, Rooney opines about Changes, Nuisances, Problems, Truths, Dilemmas, Habits and Occupations, People, Places, Animals and Pets, Houses, Holidays and Vacations, and Pleasures. First published in 1989, it is, of course, dated, but the underlying truths remain as topical as ever.

In NOT THAT YOU ASKED, Andy's views run the continuum from an insightful perspicacity to a curmudgeonly grumpiness, the latter seeming to predominate as the volume progressed. Perhaps a collection of written commentaries such as this is best absorbed at multiple, short sittings - much like a bathroom reader. Otherwise, it may become slightly tiresome like an overly long sermon.

For me, Rooney's value to the general public was that he took the time to lucidly and wittily skewer the absurdities that vex the daily lives of America's Average Persons. He will be missed by us Average Joes.

Just as Hal Holbrook has become famous for his live stage performances as Mark Twain, perhaps one day some clever actor will make a name for himself presenting "An Evening with Andy Rooney." I think it could work.
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Reading the little short stories will either hit home, bring back memories (for us older folks), put a smile on your face, or make you laugh out loud. While reading some of the sentences, I swear I can actually hear Andy speaking from behind his desk on 60 Minutes with that unique voice of his. Thank you Andy!
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Format: Paperback
Before the homespun/off-kilter "Observational" style seemed to reach a peek with Seinfeld, "The View", "The Savage Nation", Andy Rooney was poundin' that IBM Selectric, producing some tasty journalistic tidbits for us folks out there in the masses dreading another working week coming up in about 10 hours.
His writing style is original; his phraseology is timed with the precision of a great vaudeville monologist like a Jack Benny or George Burns. But that was before "Political" humour really took over. So, in a way, Rooney a kind of kinder-gentler, TV General Audience Lenny Bruce for the '80s. Or a later day kinescopic Will Rogers?
This book is crammed with the kind of quotable quotes which come from an American *original* and which sustain us on that miserable Monday at work (following a 40 minute late arrival at work, greeted by that glaring, knowing nod from the creature at the end of the hallway who decides folks' employability).
As a Period piece, Not That You Asked has its' share of dated bits and pieces: how come the bride gets the newspaper coverage, not the groom? (Not that there's anything wrong with it) but what guy wants his kisser out there?. I daresay Rooney would be the last - although apparently he agreed to have his visage on the cover of this book; he also asks the question, is the Creator of the Cosmos a member of the Republican Party? By now, after watching "Hannity & Colmes" at least once, a reader might say, that question is a tad tired. (Although, the Creator can do anything He/She wants).
Another slightly played-out theme is Where I would take Gorbachev if I had the chance to hang out with him for 24 hours? - I'd show him all the Culture and History that goes with Freedom. Well, of course, these writings came before the Wall came down, and the Internet went up.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'd give it a 6 if I could. I like his style because I think the things he wrote about in this book really happened to him and not in the abstract. I'm on the down side of seventy and I can identify with his writings very well. Those who were born rich and spoiled will never understand this book, its a common people's book.
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