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New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer - Bill Maher
New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
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Bill Maher is on the forefront of the new wave of comedians who have begun to influence and shape political debate through their comedy. He is best known not just for being funny, but for advocating truth over sensitivity and taking on the political establishment.Maher first came to national... show more
Bill Maher is on the forefront of the new wave of comedians who have begun to influence and shape political debate through their comedy. He is best known not just for being funny, but for advocating truth over sensitivity and taking on the political establishment.Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit ABC-TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a controversial bad boy. Bill Maher's popular new HBO television show, Real Time, has put Maher more front and center than ever before. Partic-ularly one regular segment on the show, entitled "New Rules," has been a hit with his ever-growing legion of fans. It is the part of the show during which Maher takes serious aim, bringing all of his intelligence, incisiveness, wit, and his signature exasperation to bear on topics ranging from cell phones ("I don't need my cell phone to take pictures or access the Internet. I just need it to make a phone call. From everywhere! Not just the places it likes!") to fast food ("No McDonald's in hospitals. I'm not kidding!) to the conservative agenda ("Stop claiming it's an agenda. It's not an agenda. It's a random collection of laws that your corporate donors paid you to pass.")His new book, the first since his bestselling When You Ride ALONE You Ride with bin Laden, brings these brilliantly conceived riffs and rants to the written page. Appropriately titled New Rules, the book will collect some of the best of the rules derived from previously written material and will also contain substantial new material, including some longer form "editorials"--of course with a twist and bite that only Bill Maher can deliver.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594862953 (1594862958)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Grimlock ♥ Inhumans
Grimlock ♥ Inhumans rated it
3.5 Funny, timely, and a fantastic read - with one major issue and a couple minor
But I remembered being more amused, and more enlightened, reading The New, New Rules. Or maybe I just am comparing this to seeing Maher live, which is an insanely fun treat! Either way, while, yes, this made some wonderful points, and I did laugh out loud a lot, there was something missing. N...
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
2.0 New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
Meh. I agree with much of his politics and got a handful of chuckles out of it. This is pretty old so most of it is very much out of date - I thought this was the newer book when I borrowed it from the library. That'll teach me to pay closer attention. Very happy I borrowed it and didn't buy it. Mah...
Cheri's Book Blog
Cheri's Book Blog rated it
2.0 New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
Meh. I agree with much of his politics and got a handful of chuckles out of it. This is pretty old so most of it is very much out of date - I thought this was the newer book when I borrowed it from the library. That'll teach me to pay closer attention. Very happy I borrowed it and didn't buy it. Mah...
VeganCleopatra
VeganCleopatra rated it
1.0 New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
New Rules works as a segment on Maher's television show but not lumped into a book or audio format with nothing else. Constant "new rule" after "new rule" became tiresome and the tone of the book was rather bitter overall. So instead of being funny, as it is on TV, it was a mad rant from an angry gu...
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
3.0
I like Bill Maher. I like his humor and I like his politics. So I was looking forward to reading something by him. The humor in this book did not disappoint me but it had a problem a lot of these books by comedians has. It reads like excerpts from his stand-up routine. For that, it deserves at least...
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