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American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures
Title : American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures
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ISBN : 9781401323943
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240

This is not the first book written about quantum mechanics, but it just might be the last. The theory presented inside these pages is so revolutionary that it has stunned the scientific community into reconsidering centuries of thought about the behavior of energy and matter. Prepare to have your mind blown. Sorry, that's the introduction to Willie Geist's next book--the cThis is not the first book written about quantum mechanics, but it just might be the last. The theory presented inside these pages is so revolutionary that it has stunned the scientific community into reconsidering centuries of thought about the behavior of energy and matter. Prepare to have your mind blown. Sorry, that's the introduction to Willie Geist's next book--the culmination of his life's work. Look for it next spring, just in time for Mother's Day. This book is about his other passion: freaks. When he's not in the lab, Geist spends his time on MSNBC's Morning Joe sifting through the wreckage of American politics and popular culture. These days, that's a big job. With an Alaska hockey mom turning, almost overnight, into a national icon and threatening to move from Wasilla to the White House, with the world's most famous athlete now associated less with the Masters and more with the strippers, and with reality TV working around the clock to ensure the constitutional right of every man, woman, and child to fifteen minutes of fame, Geist's business is thriving. In his hilarious first book, American Freak Show, Geist takes the smart, biting observation loved by his television audience to new satirical extremes. The real-life characters who now haunt our daily lives are cast as stars in completely made-up scenes that, frankly, are not all that far from reality. Geist treats us to the first look at President Sarah Palin's unconventional inaugural address, performed live on WWE's Monday Night Raw after her renegade victory in the 2012 election. We go inside the ballroom for a Dean Martin-style welcome roast of Bernie Madoff upon his arrival in Hell, with Pol Pot serving as sidesplitting roastmaster. Geist provides us with never-before-seen FBI wiretap transcripts of the more mundane, but equally profane, telephone conversations of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. And George W. Bush's batting-cage-and-waterslide-themed plans for a presidential library are laid out publicly for the first time. From Obama to Oprah, Afghanistan to Lohan, and Snooki to the Salahis, Willie Geist spares no one as our host of this wild American Freak Show. You'll laugh out loud while weeping for the future of America.


American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures Reviews

  • Stewart Tame

    Fun book! This is a collection of short, fictional stories involving various tabloid personalities. Some fans of some of these people might possibly object to the portrayals, but Geist seems pretty much on target at least most of the time. I'm not much of a celebrity watcher, so some of the nuances of these pieces may have escaped me. I think my favorite is probably the one about inducting people into the 15 Minutes Hall of Fame. I suspect that most of the jokes will only become more obscure wit [...]

  • Audrey

    It pains me to give this book two stars. I'm so sorry Willie. Maybe you should just stick to being adorable on Morning Joe, because dry humor very rarely translate well in book form.I think with comedy writers tend to over think it and they think every sentences has to be a hilarious line. Which isn't the case. And this satire turned out to be a little too ridiculous (I couldn't even get through the chapter about Tiger Wood's sex addiction).Not to say there wasn't some truly funny parts, you jus [...]

  • Amanda J

    This book is a compilation of fake stories about famous people from politics and pop culture. A few of them were funny, but I was disappointed more than I was impressed, which is a real shame because I love Willie Geist on MSNBC. One of the more interesting stories was right at the beginning when Geist tells you about meeting former Governor Rod Blagojevich - it is the only true tale in the book. I think Geist would have been more successful if he had written from his real life, rather than tryi [...]

  • Chris

    I hate having to give this book such a low rating, because I really like Willie Geist. In fact, I will admit to having a bit of a crush on his very tall self. Some of his premises were really very funny, and everyone he wrote about totally deserves the ridicule, but much of the cleverness was lost in so much profanity and crudeness. It was overdone, in my opinion. I gave it an extra star, however, for the list of people he wished he could have included at the end.

  • Paul

    I think this is one of the worst books I have ever read. In fact, I usually see books all the way through. This book was obviously written by Willie Geist in one day while he smoked crack cocaine. This is poorly written, unimaginative, and vulgar (which I only mind in combination with the first two).

  • Jamie

    Yes, I will admit some chapters were funnier than others, but I think this book deserves a higher rating on here. The chapter on Eliot Spitzer was so sick it actually managed to actually make me laugh out loud on the bus - a very tough thing to do! The stories of everyday freaks were also great - I liked the vacuum one! Love me some Willie.

  • Marilyn

    Portions of this book are laugh-out-loud funny! And, read-out-loud funny, as I "performed" certain fabricated stories for my husband -- when I could stop snorting with laughter. Witty! Worth reading if you're up on history, religion, and culture to "get it."

  • Smellsofbikes

    hated it, didn't find it funny, but I misunderstood the premise when I picked it up: I thought it was a book about stories that were false but represented as true, like "Lies Across America" when it is actually just fake stories, like The Onion or The New Yorker's Shouts & Murmers.

  • Juli

    Parts of this book were pretty funny. Sadly, the humor was kind of hit and miss. If you like satire and enjoy reading "The Onion", there is a chance that you may find this book entertaining.

  • Carol Martinez

    Mean spirited. Very disappointed.

  • Tricia

    hilarious!

  • Tex

    I loved this book! Absolutely hilarious. and completely terrifying because its so realistic!

  • Sarah Sloan

    Love Willie Geist every morning on the today show. This, not so much. The bit about the presidents was funny.

  • Mandy

    Funny on some aspects, however on other aspects it was just goofy. I was hoping for a book that I could not put down, but that was not the case with this one.

  • Pablo

    Funny, funny, funny! Did I mention that this book is funny? I have enjoyed Willie's father's work for decades. Good to see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this case.

  • Valerie

    One word. Disappointed.