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Culled from an ongoing series at Huffingtonpost.com, author and blogger Crittenden (Amanda Bright @ Home) crafts a hilarious, eerily realistic behind-the-scenes online world where heads of state use instant messaging to discuss everything from world events to what's for lunch. Arranged as a series of "chats" between Kickass43 (George W. Bush) and a host of newsmakers like Ben16 (Pope Benedict XVI), Sxybritguy10 (Tony Blair) and Ladeezman42 (Bill Clinton, one of Bush's more frequent chatting partners), nothing is off limits. Holding IM meetings with his staff, Kickass43 discusses the Middle East (telling Condeleeza Rice "hi 5 GF!!; U ROCKD the Mideast!"), the State of the Union address ("we need sum 1 liners rite off the top") and the Harriet Miers nomination fiasco ("I wuz sposed 2 b nominatin u 2 the IRAQI supreme court"), among other prescient topics. Sharp throughout, Crittenden gives her targets full, consistent characters and keeps several running gags going; for example, vulgarity, emoticons and butchered spelling are reserved for world leaders, while underlings do their best to respond with poise. The premise (that these IMs have been "leeked" to the press) and formatting (computer-like graphics, extremely casual text) are clever, but can be hard to understand, and could grow tiresome for readers who aren't up-to-date on IM shorthand or current events.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416947493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416947493
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,688,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Does the author have a secret inside source inside the White House, or has her teenage son hacked into Kickass 43's laptop? Whatever, this is a must read for those hooked on the vagagres on intentaional diplomacy. Yeah, I know it's computer-talk fiction, but the author has the likes of Tony Blair. Ladeezman Clinton and even Condy cutie-pie down pat. Hyey, Maybe the First Lady is the secret sourcce - remember her refering to her hubby as "Mr. Excitement.?" Whatever, a delicious book without malice but lots of perception. Even the Pope gets a laugh.

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What a fun and witty book this is! For all of you political junkies out there, no matter what side of the aisle, I hope you enjoy reading these IMs as much as I did.
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this book is a hoot! It shows Bush and his cohorts exactly as we assume them to be, warts and all, but does it so amusingly I can't imagine even the subjects themselv es not being tickled by it.
Also a great way for the older generation to learn the arcana of Instant Messaing!
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I was perhaps expecting more humor. It did at times bring a smile to my face..
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What a clever and entertaining book! Crittenden gets so totally inside the heads of Bush and his cronies (including his super-secret IM buddy President Clinton), that you really feel you've accidentally logged into the White House computer system. She pokes fun at everyone (from Jenna Bush to Pope Benedict to the Emir of Kuwait) and everything (from self-important media types to scheming Washington bureaucrats to American foreign policy) in such a skillful, stylish, and refreshingly non-abusive way that I found myself laughing -- but sympathetically! -- at the foibles of public figures I thought I loathed. A terrific and fun read that people on both sides of the political divide will enjoy.
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