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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Laura Ingraham is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Diaries and Power to the People, the most-listened-to woman in political talk radio as host of her own nationally syndicated radio program, a Fox News contributor, and permanent substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor. A former Supreme Court law clerk and white-collar criminal defense litigator, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her two children.
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The problem is that she has a good solid magazine article here or perhaps a blog where she could hit a zing a week sort of series. There just is not nearly enough for a book, though.
The book starts out rather strongly with some solid hits on what many consider the deterioration of our society's norms. Go back to the 1930's and even hobos or 'bums' (today called homeless peoples) wore ties and usually jackets. Men on assembly lines also wore ties and collar shirts unless the job was too dangerous due to the tie. I can go on as probably you can as well.
Today people arrive half naked to shop at Walmart. Men go to good restaurants wearing nasty tee shirts often with gross pictures or sayings on them. They eat never taking off their baseball caps. This is the sort of behaviors which Ingraham starts out lambasting.
However, after a good start, she runs out of material and wanders into a long complaint / whine about such trivial things such as guests who arrive too early to suit her tastes. She complains about parents lobbying for their children and outcome based education. That is, she moves from individual bad behavior to criticizing institutions she dislikes or disapproves of. Toward the end of the book she picks up steam again hitting some more material complaints.
Finally she finishes in what I consider a rather odd and controversial manner. She complains that the world is getting to be too secular for her. She goes on to explain that anybody with normal sense can see that we 'have a soul' (note to Laura - if you are a Believer, then you believe you ARE a soul) and so gets off on those who are either atheists or who claim to be non-religious but spiritual. In essence, Laura says that God will get those guys and give them a good whacking at some unspecific date when the dead return to life.
Although I agree with Ingraham on many things and enjoyed the first part of this book, I can't recommend it. The material just is not there for a book of this length or cost. I only hope God doesn't give me a whack for saying that.
I almost felt like saying 'elite alert' most of the time. I rounded up to four stars (rather than down) because I have been a 365 member for four years now.
But I had a few laughs. I love Laura as an analyst, she puts on a great show, and I hope this book is not really representative of her as a person. I would hope she is a little more tolerant of us little people who can't afford many of the things she takes for granted. We can't all be perfect. And if my tree is ever about to fall over, I would thank a neighbor to tell me. That is what being neighborly means. I almost feel bad for her neighbors.
If you want a better sample of Laura in a much better book, try The Obama Diaries. She is far better at analyzing politics than she is at social 'zings'. (But I do agree with her overall assessment, that our society is in serious decline)
"Of Thee I Zing" is an attempt at pointing fun at the "decline" of American culture, but ends up sounding like a long rant. The book has its moments, but that's just the point: laughs are few and far in between. For a book dedicated to arousing laughter in readers, I would have expected more enjoyment from this book.
Ms. Ingraham tells it directly how it is in many cases, but I feel she goes overboard in some instances where the cultural "problem" isn't a problem at all. Some of the jokes she makes are tasteless (such as poking fun at new college graduates who move back in with their parents, which isn't hard to imagine in this economy). On the other hand, some of her jokes are funny and true (like making fun of people who substitute real social interactions with Facebook), which is the part of the book I enjoyed.
If you're looking for a book to give you some laughs, I would pass this one over. While I personally believe Ms. Ingraham is a great talk show host, she should stick to political commentary and leave the comedy-writing to others.
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Everything and everyone gets on her nerves. She is rude talking about how everyone else is rude. End of story.Read more