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When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 31, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of Maher's more trenchant arguments are:
Wars are won by uniting and making sacrifices, so why not carpool as civilians did during WW II (hence the title of this book) instead of driving alone? Also, why not give up SUVs and other idiotic vanity vehicles in favor of fuel efficient ones that will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, which is one of Al Quaeda's prime sources of revenue.
PROTECT THE CITIZENS
If the president gets a secret service, why can't we? Put real security in our airports like Israel does.
PERFORM INTELLIGENT SEARCHES
At the risk of being offensive, search likely suspects at airports, not random people including old women and children.
THE 'WAR ON DRUGS' IS REALLY STUPID
Why are we investing billions of dollars and lots of resources making sure cancer victims can't smoke pot when we could be directing all of that money and resources toward protecting civilians at home? Besides, it doesn't work and it simply makes more people hate us.Read more ›
Bill is tired of politcal correctness and other such practices that keep our country from being everything that it can be. He dwells on various topics ranging from oil consumption (in terms of automobiles and liht bulbs), truly coming together as a country and making REAL sacrifices, religion, the futile and meaningless drug war, airport security, freedom of speech, American arrogance to anything foreign, and national security.
All 132 pages are filled with intellectual and amusing observations and recommendations by Maher. His comic relief in the midst of some hardcore political discussion will definitely catch you off gaurd (I found myself laughing out loud many times), and when you have finished the book, you will sit back and think: "Damn, that was so funny... but damn, he is SO RIGHT." This is why many people love the likes of Bill Maher and Al Franken... they are funny, but they are also serious about everything they say.
The reason I did not give this book a perfect 5 stars is that it is a bit short (lots of illustrations, white space, and large lettering), but in some cases, it makes it even better. I finished it in 2 hours... you could buy it and keep it in the bathroom and still learn alot from this book!
The book is much like Bill's show, very opinionated but the ideas are never really fleshed out. A lot of points get made in a hurry here, but they are darned good points - and they get the reader thinking after he finishes laughing.
The reader reviews here aren't totally friendly, and I think it may be because Bill manages to annoy everybody at some point or other. Or maybe folks were looking for Calvin or Marxian depth. But taken as a whole the book is like a very good political comedy routine - you'll chuckle, you'll be insulted, and you'll learn something. That's Maher's schtick on stage, and that's his style here.
Listen, his show got on my nerves - I've never been a fan of his. But I enjoyed this book, and credit Maher for taking on the government and shallow patriots for their reaction to 9/11. And it's nice to see that Maher appreciates his country and what it represents while he faults its leaders and many of its people.
By the way, what this book lacks in depth it makes up in height. If your bookshelf is less than 16 inches tall you better wait for the paperback.
Through an assortment of well thought out drawings that harken back to WWII propaganda Bill tackles numerous topics on how we, the people of this nation, should and could have responded, as well as some very astute observations pertaining to the role of the government.
Now, this book in not for PC's. Racial profiling is one of the many questionable programs that Bill gives the thumbs up to, though the reasoning behind his arguments cannot be denied as anything less than sound. This along with SUVs, the drug war, assisted suicide, political passivism, and living in a wasteful nation, are among the topics covered.
Whether you agree with him or not, the book raises serious issues and brings to light a unique perspective on what is going on in our nation. As stated, every American of age 18 should take the time to read this book and reflect on their own lives and contributions they might be making to those who flew planes into our buildings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been on a bit of a politically-fueled comedy book reading bent lately, and since I generally like Bill Maher's style, I thought I would check this book out. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Janet Morris
This book is mostly interesting, from a historical perspective, as it looks into our post- 9/11 mindset. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Scott
Please keep in mind, my review of this book is just over 10 years after 911 happened. I usually agree wholeheartedly with Maher's point of view but given time to reevaluate 911... Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by BDonohue
An easy read and the chapters are very distinguishable. The humor in the book is just OK, but the information given is very worthwhile. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Jordan
While there were some rants that I didn't agree with, for the most part, I found myself agreeing to alot of what Maher had to say here. Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by N. Adams
I've enjoyed watching Bill Mahar on his various TV shows, and while I don't always agree with his politics, he can make be both laugh and think. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by Andrew W. Johns
While I remain a fan of Bill Maher, "When You Ride Alone You Still Ride with Bin Laden" disappointed me. Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by K. Swann
I admire the guts it took to say these things in modern America, a land where political correctness stifles free expression as surely as McCarthyism ever did. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Dai-keag-ity
If only Bill Maher could turn his perceptive political insights into useful prescriptions for change, rather than cranky rants. Read morePublished on January 3, 2006 by doomsdayer520