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72 Things Younger Than John McCain Paperback – August 26, 2008
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The book is a fun little flip-through read which can be a witty, edgy substitute for a coffee-table standard, a fantastic conversation starter (do we truly want a president who is older than the invention of PENICILLIN? Penicillin, people. Really.) - and it'll have your friends envying your impeccable taste in humor. This is definitely gobs of fun for anyone and a great buy - loved it!!
It's my own fault that I ruined it for myself by going back and reading the introduction. This cost me my good feeling about the book and the author--should he care--a couple of stars. You see, he seems to think he is taking on "...one of the real issues of the day...and not because I like young people more than I like old people, but because all experience isn't necessarily good experience and because it is important to be relevant, inspiring, exciting, engaging, and sharp." (p. vii). This intention is fine; it just doesn't match the rest of the book.
John McCain's age certainly was a real issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. But a book full of jokes is not engaging in a meaningful discussion of this issue or any other. During the 2004 campaign, I read Our Plan for America: Stronger at Home, Respected in the World by John Kerry and John Edwards. THAT was a discussion of the issues. And I was grateful that they wrote it, even though I disagreed with some of what they had to say. I am sorry to belabor this point, but we need to know the difference between humor and useful discussion, between Jay Leno's monologue--no matter how funny--and a Washington post editorial. I worry that the author does not. I fervently hope that his readers do.
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