Why we don't suck And how all of us need to stop being such partisan little bitches

Denis Leary

Book - 2017

The actor, writer, and comedian confronts liberals and conservatives alike with satirical looks at such topics as the millennial generation, freedom, social media, and cable news networks.

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New York : Crown Archetype [2017]
First edition
Physical Description
x, 304 pages : color maps ; 22 cm
Main Author
Denis Leary (author)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Actor and comedian Leary (Why We Suck) is predictably profane and unbridled in this collection of caustic political diatribes—"It took less than one decade for us to go from a family of bipartisan patriots to a feuding bunch of asinine finger pointers." His riffs on gun control and Trump's Make America Great Again slogan harken back to his gruff stand-up persona. He is at his acerbic and clever best later in the book, when he dispenses with equal-opportunity bashing and goes where his comedic instincts take him. At times Leary relies on oversimplified stereotypes ("Libertards versus Conservadicks") and forces solutions to advance his political thesis ("Let's literally turn the election INTO a contest"). He finds plenty of ripe targets for mocking through an exploration of America's national cursing habits and hypothetical tweets from earlier presidents (Thomas Jefferson: "What happens in the Big House stays in the Big House #OnceYouGoSlave"). He shares hilarious backstage stories about meeting Rod Stewart and Ron Wood (the stage crew replaced their cups of vodka with water before their wives came back stage) and Beyoncé (who mistook him for singer Bryan Adams), and wearing one of Keira Knightley's dresses. Leary succeeds in conveying his unique brand of twisted optimism. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The actor, writer, and comedian confronts liberals and conservatives alike with satirical looks at such topics as the millennial generation, freedom, social media, and cable news networks.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The actor, writer and comedian takes equal opportunity aim at both liberals and conservatives with his signature blend of biting sarcasm and common sense, in his latest humorous treatise and follow-up to the best-selling Why We Suck.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense.In an America so gluten-free that a box of jelly donuts is now a bigger threat than Vladimir Putin, where college kids are more afraid of Ann Coulter than HIV, it’s time for someone to stand up and make us all smell the covfefe. Dr. Denis Leary is that guy. With Why We DON’T Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches, Denis is on a devoted mission to #MakeAmericaLaughAgain. Using the clamorous political atmosphere as a starting point, he takes a bipartisan look at the topics we all hold so dear to our patriotic hearts—including family, freedom, and the seemingly endless search for fame and diet vodka. Denis will answer important questions like: When will Hillary blame herself? Why does Beyoncé think he’s Bryan Adams? And why doesn’t he follow the millennial lead and post pictures of his food on social media? (Spoiler alert: He’s too busy actually eating it.) Not that Denis has anything against millennials: “When it comes to science, math, and technological advances, this generation has done more in three and a half decades than any other age group in history. What did my generation do? Cocaine and quaaludes mostly. With a side order of really stupid haircuts.” Dr. Leary is here to remind us of what truly makes America great, even though we’re #7 on the most recent list of Best Countries to Live In. Which may sound bad but means we still make the playoffs.