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  • gilwilson 6:36 PM on October 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 45, alec baldwin, parody, , saturday night live, , trump   

    You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) By: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen 

    39802005You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
    By: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen
    Narrated by: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen, Oliver Wyman
    Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    Release date: 11-07-17
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    So what has started out as a Saturday Night Live skit has become a regular job for Alec Baldwin.  This book is a parody of the 1st year in office for #45.  Baldwin should at least get another 2 years out of this.  But only if he can freshen it up a bit.

    I’ve heard a lot of people complain that I don’t write bad reviews.  Well I don’t write bad reviews because I don’t read bad books.  I will put a book down when it starts being bad.  This one may be the slight exception to that rule.  It started out pretty funny and then kinda wavered from there.  Much like watching Saturday Night Live they put their best skits first then just before the end of the show, you get a bunch skits that probably should not have aired.  Sure they may be mildly funny, but never enough to end the show with a bang.  This book is much like an episode of SNL.  It starts out pretty funny but as it ends you are ready to turn off the TV set and go to bed.

    A good chunk of the first half of the book is Baldwin doing his impression of Trump.  That’s what makes it funnier, but as the book progresses he stops the Trump impression and reads as himself.  He (as Trump) even says he’s turning it over to Baldwin.  Then Baldwin turns it over to his co-author, Kurt Anderson who in turn turns the narration over to Oliver Wyman and finally back to Trump.  Listening it sounds as if the authors lost interest in the material and just threw in some bits based on the events in Trump’s first year.  I was ready to turn off the set and go to bed.

    I stuck with it and while there were a few funny moments sprinkled through the latter halfm this followed the guidelines of SNL and got pretty boring after the first appearance of the musical guest.  Maybe they should have had a musical guest in the audiobook to liven up that last half.

    If you are a fan of Baldwin, SNL and parodies of Trump you’ll enjoy this book, especially the first half.  I cannot really recommend the book but I did enjoy parts of it.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump’s presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars and experts on greatness generally.

    “I have the best words, beautiful words, as everybody has been talking and talking about for a long time. Also? The best sentences and, what do you call them, paragraphs. My previous books were great and sold extremely, unbelievably well – even the ones by dishonest, disgusting so-called journalists. But those writers didn’t understand Trump, because, quite frankly, they were major losers. People say if you want it done right you have to do it yourself, even when ‘it’ is a ‘memoir’. So every word of this book was written by me, using a special advanced word processing system during the many, many nights I’ve been forced to stay alone in the White House – only me, just me, trust me, nobody helped. And it’s all 100 percent true, so true – people are already saying it may be the truest book ever published. Enjoy.”

    Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one and a half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. Trump was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others’ flaws and tout his own amazing excellence. Now he levels his refreshingly compulsive, un-PC candor at his landslide election victory as well as his role as commander in chief and leader of the free world.

    There are intimate, powerful, mind-boggling revelations throughout. You are there with him during his private encounters with world leaders, a few of whom he does not insult. You are there at the genius Oval Office strategy sessions with his advisers. You are there in his White House bedroom as he crafts the predawn Twitter pronouncements that rock the world. And, of course, you are there on the golf course as Trump attempts to manage the burdens of his office.

    President Trump explains each of the historic decisions that have already made America great again and how he always triumphs over the fake news media. You’ll learn what he really thinks of his cabinet members and top aides not related to him, of the first lady and the first daughter and the additional three or four Trump children.

    You Can’t Spell America Without Me is presented by America’s foremost Trump scholar, Kurt Andersen, as well as America’s foremost mediocre Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin.

    ©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • gilwilson 6:13 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clinton, democrat, hilary, , republican, trump   

    “Insane Clown President” By Matt Taibbi 

    33895023“Insane Clown President”
    By Matt Taibbi
    Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    Release date: 01-17-17
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Don’t let the title fool you, this book is not a Trump bashing romp, rather it is a horrid look at the way American politics has been on track to becoming a freak show/travelling circus since back to the Clinton presidency and election process back in 1992.  Whether you are down with the clown or not this book should be on your reading/listening list for, if nothing, else as a warning for how politics do not have the common man in mind.  The circus that was the 2016 campaign (for Democrats as well as Republicans) was nothing but a clown car on tour or even better, sticking with the book’s title, more of the circus that is the tour of the Gatherings of the Insane Clown Posse’s fans, the Juggalos.

    This book highlights the battles within the Republican Party and the fall of both parties through the years to actually fight for the interests of the people and making the campaigns all about who can yell the loudest.   Many points are made where the candidate will say or do something, like mocking a disabled reporter, and then deny it happened.  Even though the event is on recorded via video.  It’s amazing how quickly the public will respond to soundbites and not facts.

    If you are planning on voting in the next election cycle, use this as your prep material to weed out what needs to be weeded out.  While many supporters from both sides will argue against the facts pointed out, they should first look at the source material and then realize, that the job of the media is to present facts.

    Rob Shapiro is a standout narrator for this book and definitely keeps an already crazy book even more interesting.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy’s uncertain future, by the country’s most perceptive and fearless political journalist.

    The 2016 presidential contest as told by Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.

    Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the “dangerously bright” alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the racial “holy war” to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, “bloviating and farting his way” through the campaign, “saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next.” For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement.

    Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight.

    ©2017 Matt Taibbi (P)2017 Random House Audio

     
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