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Beating Around the Bush

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald returns undaunted to examine the ridiculous people and preposterous events that we call our daily reality. Collected from his recent columns, with an introduction by Garry Trudeau, Buchwald's satirical essays take jabs at politicians, power, corporations, and the media without pause. A self-described troublemaker, Buchwald continues to represent the great American traits of skepticism, humor, and a refusal to ...
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Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Art Buchwald returns undaunted to examine the ridiculous people and preposterous events that we call our daily reality. Collected from his recent columns, with an introduction by Garry Trudeau, Buchwald's satirical essays take jabs at politicians, power, corporations, and the media without pause. A self-described troublemaker, Buchwald continues to represent the great American traits of skepticism, humor, and a refusal to compromise in the face of absurdity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583227145
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 15
Introduction 19
Economics Lesson 21
Trouble in the Middle East 23
God Bless 24
Saving Time 26
Let's Not Forget the Lobbyists 28
Which God Is Your God? 30
Yesterday's Enemy 31
Dinner at the Darbys' 33
Book Flogging 35
Shadow Government 37
Safe Deposit for Sale 39
The Young Audience 41
It's Cherry Blossom Time 43
Malice on Purpose 45
Red Alert 46
The FBI Changes Its Ways 47
A Declaration 50
Things in My Attic 52
Another Icon 54
Ashes to Ashes 56
I Spy-You Spy 58
Between Iraq and a Hard Place 59
Will the Real Saddam Stand Up? 61
I Hate Saddam 63
To Lose One's Center 65
Games Children Play 67
Come Fly With Me 68
Foreign Affairs for Dummies 70
The Last Pill 72
Losing Your Identity 74
Whose Reality Is It? 75
The Fight for Duct Tape 77
Yelling at the TV 79
The Tip of the Iceberg 81
The War Over Abstinence 83
Bumper Stickers 85
Weapons of Mass Destruction 87
I'll Always Have Paris 89
Americo-Shaft Airlines 90
Freedom of Speech 92
The Political War 94
Spam the Greatest Generation 96
James Bond and WMD 98
The Bookies 100
The Iraqi Stock Market 102
Bless the World 104
I Won't Be Home for Christmas 106
Who Remembers Watergate? 108
Three-Letter Word 110
Poor Rupert Murdoch 112
Senior Citizens Vote Too 114
The Ten Commandments 116
Power Anonymous 118
A Great American 120
The Big Leak 122
Unnecessary Roughness 124
But Seriously Speaking 126
Wal-Mart 128
Talk Show 130
A Sexual Revolution 132
Gotcha Saddam 134
Holiday Greetings 136
Saving Britney's Marriage 138
The Opera Isn't Over 140
Suppose They Were Wrong 142
War of the Steroids 144
Four Letter Words and More 146
Duck Hunting With Scalia 148
Just Good Friends-Bah 150
Who Killed Jesus? 152
The Good Americans 154
Canada, My Canada 157
The Blues Brothers 159
Soldiers of Fortune 161
Torture 101 163
The Rich are Different 166
Michael, Say It Isn't So 168
The Trial 170
"Oh Darn" 172
How Many Wars? 174
Commissions for Boo-Boos 177
Image Control 179
Couch Potatos 181
Meat Loaf 183
Husseinku 185
Compassionate Conservatism 188
Left Behind 190
Trial Lawyers-Who Needs Them? 192
Do It Our Way 195
Dan Rather Factor 197
Our Long Nightmare Is Over Once Again 199
Congressional No Flu Zone 201
Slam Dunk 203
Crate and Baghdad 205
In God We Trust 207
A Vivid Inauguration 209
First Junk Call 211
Making Extra Money 213
Social Security Blues 215
Flip-Flop Diplomacy 216
Harvard, Dear Harvard 219
Well Hello, Martha 221
Smoking Guns 223
A Constitutional Solution 225
Oil Tasting for Snobs 227
About the Author 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Still Going Strong

    Art Buchwald is one of the most influential newspaper columnists of the past half-century and one of the greatest humorists in the history of American journalism. So when he comes out with a new collection of columns, it is indeed a cause for celebration. Buchwald has been plying his trade, which is to make us laugh at the absurdities of modern life, for an astounding 56 years. Along the way, he has won the Pulitzer Prize, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has built a legion of fans and has written 32 books. 'Beating Around the Bush' is his 33rd. It's also one of his best. Buchwald works in two ways: His columns are fresh and funny snapshots of our society, but when the topicality wears off and they appear in a book one to four years after they were originally published, they become little history lessons, still funny and still, amazingly, fresh. Or, at least, not stale. Fans of the Bush administration may not appreciate some of the jabs Buchwald takes, but fans of the Clinton administration probably didn't appreciate the jabs the humorist took at Bill and Hillary in his previous collection, 'We'll Laugh Again.' Buchwald is an equal-opportunity jabber. His humor is never cruel or mean-spirited, but it always hits the mark. It's remarkable considering he suffered and fully recovered from a massive stroke five years ago, recently turned 80 and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks for all the laughs, Art. Keep them coming.

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