New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer
  • New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

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by Bill Maher
     
 

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"Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program, Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible, mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur." "Now, his popular new HBO television show, Real Time with Bill…  See more details below

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"Bill Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit Comedy Central and ABC-TV program, Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible, mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following as well as a reputation for being a hilarious provocateur." "Now, his popular new HBO television show, Real Time with Bill Maher, has put him more front and center than ever. In particular, one of the show's segments, entitled "New Rules," has struck a chord with viewers." "With these rules Maher takes serious aim, bringing all of his incisiveness, wit, and his signature exasperation to bear on topics ranging from cell phones ["I don't need my cell phone to take pictures or access the Internet. I just need it to make a phone call. From everywhere! Not just the places it likes!"] to fast food [No more McDonald's in hospitals. I'm not kidding!"] to the conservative agenda ["Stop claiming it's an agenda. It's not an agenda. It's a random collection of laws that your corporate donors paid you to pass."]" Maher brings these brilliantly conceived riffs to the written page for the first time, along with some singularly Maher-ian "editorials" - editorials nothing like the standard fare found on the pages of the local newspaper.

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Publishers Weekly
Though it's often true that the audio adaptation of a humorous work is better than the print edition, particularly when read by the comedian who authored it, one gets the sense that this production isn't all that it could have been. Maher's delivery is well-timed, but the audio, with its lack of music or embellishment, has a bare-bones feel. Nevertheless, the sound quality is good, and those who appreciate Maher's wry sense of humor and, in particular, who are familiar with his HBO series, Real Time with Bill Maher, should enjoy this collection of witticisms. Maher has established some new rules for our "self-obsessed, success-by-any-means, get-mine culture," and he tackles everything from food ("Cornbread isn't bread. It's cake") to the environment ("The big oil companies must stop running ads telling us how much they're doing for the environment. We get it. You rape the Earth, but you cuddle afterward"). While the alphabetical list format doesn't make for the most flowing listening experience, Maher's expert delivery ensures that each joke is as funny as when he originally presented it on Real Time. Simultaneous release with the Rodale hardcover. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594862953
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/26/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.92(d)

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Meet the Author

BILL MAHER is one of the most politically astute humorists in America today. His unflinching honesty has garnered him 18 Emmy nominations—and the respect and admiration of millions of fans. His previous books include Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? and When You Ride ALONE You Ride with bin Laden, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1956
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Cornell University, 1978

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New Rules 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im so glad that bill maher's career has reached such heights. It is really refreshing to have a liberal who isn't scared of telling the religious nuts and hypocritical republicans the truth. I just read the other reviews from typical RUSH and O'reilly fans. The fact that they were all offended by this book makes me cheer for more. These same people probably love Ann coulter's republican slander, but are all pissy that someone finally punched back. I love it. Cant wait for his movie called religulous. I cant wait to see how many christian groups go crazy and protest. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being somewhat right of center myself,I don't always agree with bill's obvious left of center bias. But 'NEW RULES' is a one sitting read and bound to make all but the staunchest right winger laugh outloud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't know what the fuss is all about,we don't think the rules aplly here in Misisipi.I think Fox News is grate and any liberal Yankkee that comes here is going to get lynched.Did not like the book, but then, hoo can read or think for that matter. He hee hee.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a quick read but really funny and insightful novel. I just could not put it down. This guy says what he thinks....You have to love that! A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knee-slapping commentary delivered in a condenced and pithy way. Maher's witty take on issues are ironic, scathing, yet very sensible. A must read for anyone who ever finds themselves up in arms with the status quo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funnier books I've read in a long time. I recommend it to anyone who has ever laughed because I can almost be certain beyond doubt that you will laugh out loud at least a few times while reading this book. Whether you are left-wing, right-wing, or niether.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed so hard in months. I loved this guy on his HBO special, and now I don't get to watch him. It was great to read his book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a great compilation of things that everyone always thinks, but no one ever says. It was hilarious...read it all in one sitting.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Did you ever see any of Coulter's books win anything as prestigious as a Grammy? Or O'Reilly? I thought not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The observations are simply hilarious.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If I didn't feel like going out on a Friday night, I was watching 'Real Time with Bill Maher.' When I did feel like going out on a Friday night, I set the timer for 'Real Time with Bill Maher.' I love this dude, and I'm tapping my fingers now that his show is off for the season! He and I agree on so many issues, including legalizing same-sex marriage, the Bush administration, religion, Republicans being busybodies, and the injustice in the prison system. It's almost like I never have to open my mouth again when it comes to politics. I can just tell folks to watch 'Real Time with Bill Maher' and get all my thoughts out. This is the ONE political host who would talk about the truth of the Jena 6. As much as I support Obama, Bill Maher spoke louder and prouder about it. In addition to that, he always has guests that I'm interested in learning more about as well as some of my favorite people (ex. Mos Def and Cornell West). While there are times when I disagree with him (MySpace fight, all black folks loving gin and juice [that's so mean!], all Democrats being spineless), I can respect his views even if I (very seldomly) don't agree with him. At the end of his show, the New Rules always make me laugh. I have yet to watch his show and not leaned over laughing so hard that I didn't have to wipe my eyes. If you want to know the truth about the justice system, please check out his show on HBO or his website. And if you want to peek into this book, look in the Y section under 'Hard Cell.' That one is the most onpoint of all of his rules! Note: I did not know that the photo on page 176 was a young girl burned. Thank you to the reviewers who told me that. Although I still loved the book, I can add that to the small list of things I don't agree with Bill on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I met Bill Maher at a book signing. Shook his hand. I'm the youngest published sci fi novelist in America, Ken Eng, and I can honestly say that this is the best book I've read in like ten years. I am a very opinionated person, and this is the first time I've ever read a book that had opinions identical to mine. In fact, I only disagreed with two of the jokes. Man this was only 2000 words and is almost as great as my book Dragons: Lexicon Triumvirate. And Paris hilton does only have one facial expression, I've noticed that for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe in reading all kinds of books...although im a Conservative Republican I still read it... wouldnt buy it though....I was given it... I personally think he is honestly messed up...he is funny... but an idiot