Synopses & Reviews
When the red states trumped the blue states in the 2004 presidential election, many Democrats were left wondering just what makes the conservative mindset tick. Wonder no more. Join self-described infiltration journalist, Harmon Leon as he goes undercover to explore what being conservative really means.
A flaming liberal in real life, Leon has been called a cross between Michael Moore and South Park. He shares with readers his hilarious misadventures as he dons the pesona of a pissed-off convenience store clerk at the Knob Creek Biannual Machine Gun Shoot in Bullit County, Kentucky. Next, he's working security in southern California at an Arnold for Governer rally, where he has several memorable encounters with the Terminator himself and finds himself constantly promoted!
But this is only the beginning. Leon paints on temporary tattoos, wears a black T-shirt reading "Kill'em all. Let God sort'em out!" and then entertainingly describes the reactions he gets when he tries to purchase a condominium in an exclusive gated community.
Uncertain about whether his inspiration is Jane Goodall or journalist John Howard Griffin, author of the 1950's classic Black Like Me, Leon nonetheless perseveres from one adventure to the next, hoping not to be found out and get his head broken. Leon's daring anthropological romps into finding out how the other half lives are by turns outrageous, disturbing, and hilarious, yet always illuminating. Don't be surprised to find yourself laughing out loud as you turn each page!
"Though Leon compares his mission of going undercover to infiltrate the 'Bush-loving extreme Right' to Black Like Me and the work of anthropologist Jane Goodall, a more apropos comparison would be to Beavis and Butthead or some of the stunts featured on Jackass. In these 31 essays, Leon sloppily paints abortion protestors, private security companies, white supremacists, the press, the FBI and anyone who isn't from 'Northern California, the land of the peace-loving, true BLUE liberal,' with a brush wider than the trailers he assumes most of his 'subjects' have crawled out from under. The writing on display here is at turns abominable and clichéd, and nearly always unfunny-spastic, juvenile locker room banter disguised as daring commentary. His 'infiltrations'-volunteering for the Schwarzenegger, Bush and Kerrey campaigns; joining abortion protestors; having dinner with a group of suburban white supremacists at an Applebees; working at a security guard at an Oakland Denny's; participating in an FBI-sponsored media luncheon-amount to little more than a disparate array of set-ups for Leon to act like a 12-year-old buzzed on too much caffeine: after working the phones as a San Francisco-based Bush volunteer, for instance, Leon writes, 'For no apparent reason, in black Magic Marker I scrawl the words "Bush Wears Panties!" in the middle of the phone list and leave.' Leon's inspiration may have been noble, but the result is so asinine it's hard to imagine liberals will want to claim him as one of their own." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Funny as hell." Howard Stern
"Read this book immediately. Then eat it. If they do take over, no evidence will remain linking you to it." The Yes Men
"One funny motherf*cker!...A very, very funny guy." Jimmy Kimmel
"Harmon Leon is a free radical, a random element that infiltrates a situation to introduce chaos, mayhem and hilarity. He's every employer's worst nightmare. Harmon Leon is a national, and possibly international, treasure." Ted Rall, syndicated cartoonist
"Harmon Leon makes David Sedaris read like George Will he's that funny." BookSense 76
The hilarious misadventures of self-described infiltration journalist, stand-up comedian, and flaming liberal Leon as he goes undercover as various characters to explore what being conservative in America really means.
A flaming liberal in real life, Leon goes undercover to discover what being conservative means. His daring anthropological romps into finding out how the other half lives are by turns outrageous, disturbing, and hilarious, yet always illuminating.
About the Author
Harmon Leon is an award-winning journalist who has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Details, NPR's This American Life, Spin, Wired, and more. He has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, Penn and Teller's Bullshit!, and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. His first book, The Harmon Chronicles, won a 2003 Independent Publishers Award for humor. Leon is also a stand-up comedian who lives in San Francisco, CA.