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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
Synopses & Reviews
How many authors of political commentary can lay claim to flattering dust-jacket blurbs from Michael Moore and Ann Coulter, both Bill O'Reilly and Al Franken? Only one, I believe, and his name is Bill Maher. Not only is Maher in possession of a razor sharp intellect, a constantly interested — and interesting — nature, and a good dose of indignation, he is also very witty. His ability to cut across party boundaries and say what is on his mind, even if his comments are sometimes deemed "politically incorrect," has earned him the wrath of commercial sponsors, but also the respect from those who value incisive political commentary. This wonderful collection of short essays by Maher is illustrated with WWII-style propaganda posters that capture Maher's satirical wit in a few well-chosen images. Unlike many critics who prefer cheap laughs at the expense of the opposition, Maher strives for pragmatic and intelligent solutions to the ongoing problem of terrorism. When You Ride Alone serves as a jumping-off point for provocative political debate. Georgie Lewis, Powells.com
A book with original new posters for America's new war...from Bill Maher...that takes some explaining! In a nutshell...these are posters with messages of how everyone can do things to help fight future terrorism, the kind of posters our government SHOULD be making and plastering everywhere.
Since we live in an era where pandering is expected and therefore essential to politics, the American government no longer asks citizens to sacrifice, as it did in World War I, World War II, and during the Cold War. In posters from those eras we see a government unafraid to call upon its people to curb travel, save tin, buy bonds, or plant a garden.
Maher has looked through books of these old posters (several will be reprinted at the beginning of the book), and some from 60 or 80 years ago are eerily perfect for today's struggle. "Should brave men die so you can drive?" Our government does not make that same link for its citizens today, although it is just as true. Rather the current administration spent government millions on an ad campaign we've all seen, "I helped the terrorists by doing drugs," even though drugs fund a negligible amount of terrorist activity and oil, ultimately, almost all of it. Whenever somebody tells Maher that drugs fund terrorism, he always says, "It's SUVs that fund terrorism." That, and messages like that, is what these posters say. How can we think differently and act differently to live safer in a better world?
This is a practical book — chock-full of things that can actually be done. When we become smarter, more caring, less materialistic, less myopic and greedy...we will win. We will all win! Maher says, "Since I'm NOT the government, some of my posters exhort us to put the kind of pressure on the government itself that would result, for example, in airport security personnel with at least a high school diploma."
"Bill Maher has the courage to speak his mind — no matter what the consequences — something you can't say about most people these days. And he's damn funny! Now, more than ever, the country needs his outrage. Agree or disagree with him, there is no question that what he has written in this book should be front and center in the great national debate and I, for one, am thrilled that this cantankerous s.o.b. is still there doing battle for the republic we all love." Michael Moore
"Bill Maher has inherited the mantle of Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift and he wears it with aplomb. If he were living in any other time or in one of many other countries he would truly be in danger of being put to death for his legendary ability to say the unthinkable and say it better (and before) anyone else. When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden is destined to be the most talked about book of the year." Larry King
"After September 11th, when Bill Maher offended easily-offended people with a widely (and in many cases, deliberately) misunderstood remark, Ari Fleisher said that people need to watch what they say and do. In this very funny but ultimately serious, provocative but truly patriotic book, Bill prescribes what Americans can do to defend our nation. And please put this blurb as far away from Ann Coulter's as possible." Al Franken
"Bill Maher loves America, hates conventional thinking, and, despite his curmudgeonly image, has a heart of gold. In the war on terrorism, we could use a little less tolerance and sensitivity and a little more manly anger. In this book, Bill leads the way hilariously." Ann Coulter
"I've met funny guys but none as smart. I've met smart guys but none as funny. Bill Maher has single-handedly raised the quality of political debate in America and with When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden he will make the ultimate statement of his remarkable career. This is a most important — and most necessary — book." Arianna Huffington
"Bill Maher rides alone daily but it is a hilarious, incisive trip. Maher versus Bin Laden? Take Bill, give the points!" Bill O'Reilly
About the Author
In 1993 comic Bill Maher created the perfect forum for his quick-witted comedic talents: Politically Incorrect. He brought together some of the most interesting politicians, entertainers, and journalists to participate in some of the most controversial, topical comical discussions. On September 19, 2001, a remark he made on his show caused quite an uproar: "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away, that's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."
On 6/28/02 Politically Incorrect went off the air...leaving a big void.
Maher was born in New York and raised in River Vale, NJ. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He and his show won four cable Ace Awards and was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. He is the author of Does Anybody Have a Problem With It: Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits. He has had five HBO specials, and has made many appearances on Letterman and Leno.
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