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Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit
Title : Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit
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ISBN : 9781586487737
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 286

Chairs. Neat people. Ugliness. War. Over six decades of intrepid reporting and elegant essays, Andy Rooney has proven a shrewd cultural analyst—unafraid to question the sometimes ridiculous, often surprising facts of our lives. Rooney’s great gift is telling it straight, without a hint of sugar coating, but with more than a grain of truth and humor. His take on America? “IChairs. Neat people. Ugliness. War. Over six decades of intrepid reporting and elegant essays, Andy Rooney has proven a shrewd cultural analyst—unafraid to question the sometimes ridiculous, often surprising facts of our lives. Rooney’s great gift is telling it straight, without a hint of sugar coating, but with more than a grain of truth and humor. His take on America? “It’s just amazing how long this country has been going to hell without ever having got there.” On food? “There’s more dependable mediocrity than there used to be.”Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit brings together the best of more than a half-century of work (including long-out-of-print pieces from his early years) in an unforgettable celebration of one of America’s funniest men. Like Mark Twain, Finley Peter Dunne (Mister Dooley) and Will Rogers, Andy Rooney is a classic chronicler of America, a writer for the ages.


Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit Reviews

  • David

    Yet another collection of Mr. Rooney's ramblings, some repeated, some never before in print. The old curmudgeon is a fine writer, something often overlooked by his television audience.His thoughts on ordinary things are usually spot on, and I especially related to his column on "home". His Stars and Stripes pieces on WW11 were as good as anything I've ever read about aerial combat.

  • Chad

    When your neighbor's house is on fire, you have an obligation to go and watch it burn.Fans of Andy Rooney and his legendary witticisms will love this book. I listened to the audiobook version and found it highly entertaining. The man performing the book sounded a lot like Rooney -- so much so that I began hearing Rooney's memorable voice as he spoke. It was as if Andy was riding along with me each day. I recommend this book to fans of Rooney and to anyone looking for an easy-going read.

  • Kellie

    This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I found myself reading parts to my husband. I always admired Andy Rooney because he was one of the only journalists who was not afraid to NOT be politically correct. We need more people like him. I loved his frank, straightforward, opinionated way even if I didn’t agree with it. I respected it all of it. In this book, he writes about several things, including a small section about chairs. He is probably the only person who could write about chairs and make i [...]

  • Linda

    Compilation of observations from all of Rooney's previous works.

  • Verona

    I really enjoyed this book. To begin with, I've always liked the time with Andy Rooney on "60 Minutes," so I was a fan already. I learned a lot about Andy Rooney in this book. I liked learning about his personal life and his family and his values. I agree with so many of his observations about life. I feel that we must come from the same generation and have the "old fashioned" values and ideas about life and what's important. The only thing that struck me negatively was Andy's attitude about God [...]

  • Jane

    I found this book at a used book sale. I had grown up watching 60 Minutes at my grandparents' home every Sunday evening, and all activity would stop when Any Rooney's monologue began. This book by Rooney covers six decades of essays and reporting, and is done in a chronological order. I laughed out loud often reading this book. He is "everyman" and articulates the frustrations of modern life that the rest of us just suffer through in silence, or at best, mumble about. Any one over 50 will enjoy [...]

  • Shawn

    I always liked the straightforward wit and wisdom of Andy Rooney. I felt that one of the funnest parts of this book was the collection of witticisms (proverbs?) at the very end. Some of the parts in the middle were a bit mundane, but the genuine approach still made it enjoyable to read and to look at things in a different light. This is a good sampling of the sort of thing you'll find in this: books.google/books?id=7KnY

  • Les

    This book started off slow and ended slow but everything in the middle was golden.The middle of the book is a compilation of essays by Andy Rooney taken from his 60 years as a writer.He covers many aspets of life that many of us can relate toQuote:"I have finally come to the sad realization that I will never write anything today that looks as good as it should to me tomorrow. It is the writer's albatross."And Andy is still kicking it today (2011) at the age of 92.

  • Bruce

    I grew up listening to Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes. Getting to read a sample of his work over the last 60 years was a very special treat. Don't know anybody who can say it better than Andy Rooney. Even when you disagree with him you usually respect the way he expresses himself. Loved this book. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend this book.

  • Tim O'Hearn

    If you watched enough Andy Rooney to be able to read using his voice and narration style, this book is a treasure. Rooney is a giant of a bygone era. He was a man of great moral character and integrity who both pioneered and perfected a style of writing. Although his analysis is on-point, at times it can be mundane. He wasn't an entertainer, he was a writer, and that always took precedence.

  • Chris

    I could hear Andy Rooney's voice as I read these essays. I skimmed the war ones, too grim. Some essays were written more than 20 years ago I suspect because he talks about the price of things The good,old days.

  • Andrea

    Andy Rooney is always a class act in his honest and forthright writing that makes me laugh.

  • Diane

    Read parts of this book after learning of Andy Rooney's passing. More on bookwinked.wordpress

  • Brian

    More from the curmudgeon at the other end of the dinner table, but this time with an incisive introduction written by his son.

  • Steven Freeman

    Bought this on the day he died and have been reading an entry or two every now and then. I did not always agree with him, but I always enjoyed his commentaries. He is missed.

  • Elaine

    Enjoyable read. Learned more about him & his family. Don't always agree with his opinions but he is enjoyable to listen to & to read.

  • Linda Letourneau

    Good humorI always enjoyed watching him on 60 minutes with sardonic wit and wry smile. Book entertained me, I see he wrote others.

  • Kim

    An eclectic collection of essays ranging from ice cream to Christmas. None of them are very long, and most are quite amusing. A nice read.

  • Ann

    Since we don't get to see him anymore this is a great fix for that unique humor.

  • Kevin

    I love this guy!!!

  • Barb

    3.5 starsThere were some slow spots, but overall I enjoyed this book.