Monday, November 17, 2008

Books of the Year and Unintelligent Snap Judgements About Them

The only lists worth reading are year-end Best of Books and Movies lists. Avoid all other lists at all costs. They waste your time and insult your intelligence. But you probably like that, don't you?

Here is a list of the best Current Event books as compiled by, the website that knows more about you that your spouse/affair-mate. I haven't read any of these, but I have opinions about all of them! Here's my one-or-two-sentence maybe google-aided review of the best book I haven't read.

10. The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate (Hardcover) by David Freddoso

This book sounds really stupid. Anyone talking about the myth of the "liberal media" after the last 8 years is a ding-dong.

9. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Hardcover) by Jane Mayer (Author)

This book, from all I understand, is a must-read. Jane Mayer is not a ding-dong.

8. FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics (Paperback) by Neal Boortz (Author), John Linder (Author)

If you see Neal Boortz walking down the street, you have my permission to pistolwhip him. I wrote about him here.

7. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (Hardcover)
by Andrew Bacevich (Author)

This book looks pretty sweet. I don't know anything about Bacevich, but the title is intriguing.

6. Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Are Scamming Us ... and What to Do About It (Hardcover) by Dick Morris (Author), Eileen Mcgann (Author)

The title of this book is pure shit and it only gets worse from there. And customers who bought this item also bought Bill O'Reilly's newest missive, so, you know.

5. The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (Hardcover)
by Jerome R. Corsi (Author)

This list is awful. Who thinks that this book represents good-faith scholarship when it comes from a Swift-Boat for Truth person? Screw you, Amazon.

4. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America (Hardcover) by Thomas L. Friedman (Author)

God, it just keeps getting worse. There is too much to say about how intellectually and morally bankrupt Friedman is, so I'll just tell him to "suck. on. this."

3. What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception (Hardcover) by Scott McClellan (Author)

I'm curious about what the dough-boy has to say. Not enough to pay for it or spend a lot of time reading it, but I'm curious.

2. The Post-American World (Hardcover) by Fareed Zakaria (Author)

Again, I'd be curious to read this, but my gut tells me that there are better books on the subject out there. Kevin Phillips, for one, writes about this subject wonderfully. This short review is neither funny nor insightful. Well, we're almost done.

and lastly,

1. The Revolution: A Manifesto (Hardcover) by Ron Paul (Author)

Ron Paul supporters have nothing but time, so expect Mr. Paul to be on top of a lot of internet lists this year. Esquires Sexiest Woman Alive, Financial Times' 30 CEOs Under 30 to Watch, and Maximum Rock and Roll's Punk as Fuck People of the Year will all prominently feature Ron Paul. Don't read his book.

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