Worst Person In the World: And 202 Strong Contenders

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All of the failings and missteps of celebrities, politicians, and a few just-plain-dumb folks, as seen on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is more popular than ever, and ratings for Countdown are up 85 percent over the last year. A key feature of the program is his daily award for "The Worst Person in the World." From Ann Coulter and Barbara Bush to Bill O’Reilly and more, he brings the best of his "worsts" together in a wildly entertaining collection that ...

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Overview

All of the failings and missteps of celebrities, politicians, and a few just-plain-dumb folks, as seen on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is more popular than ever, and ratings for Countdown are up 85 percent over the last year. A key feature of the program is his daily award for "The Worst Person in the World." From Ann Coulter and Barbara Bush to Bill O’Reilly and more, he brings the best of his "worsts" together in a wildly entertaining collection that reveals just how twisted people can be–and how much fun it is to call them out on it.

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* For his first book as a newsman, the smart, sarcastic host of MSNBC's nightly newsmagazine program Countdown with Keith Olbermann has compiled nearly one years' worth of his wickedly righteous Worst Person in the World feature. Of course, when he says "worst," Olbermann isn't talking about Hitler; these specimens—including Tom Cruise, OJ Simpson and Ann Coulter—are "the mortal enemies of honesty and dignity, of selflessness and class." Though the peppery host often pillories the merely stupid or ridiculous behavior of regular Americans and celebrities, the recurring theme is corporate, political and media malfeasance of every stripe. FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, school boards around the country, Rush Limbaugh and George Bush all make multiple appearances. But the real star of the book—not counting Olbermann himself—is his ratings rival Bill O'Reilly (their shows air at the same time), who gets taken to task again and again. Depending on your politics, you're either going to love or hate the fierce, progressive Olbermann, and his printed rants aren't nearly as cathartic as they are when delivered in his confident, mocking boom, but this collection makes a fine book for flipping]. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly Reviews Annex)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470044957
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/11/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Olbermann is a veteran broadcaster who was the co-anchor of ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. He has also hosted primetime news programs and anchored the World Series broadcast, and received the Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of the events of 9/11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Worst book in world

    Very shallow and mean spirted. It's no wonder he keeps getting fired.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Pathetic

    Keith, please stick with sports. Politics will never be your forte. Maybe if you got a solo sports show with no co-host competition (instead of working with Dan Patrick who always showed you up), you wouldn't be so difficult to watch.

    A writer, you're not.

    A talk show host, you're not.

    Find something else; leaving your bitterness, anger and inflated ego on the written page for future, unsuspecting generations to stumble upon is certainly an ugly legacy and no way to serve your fellow man in a positive way.

    Give it up

    (PLEASE)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    He should be at the top of his own list!

    What a hack he is just trying to put himself in the limelight on the coattails of everybody he is trashing and make himself alittle money in the process.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    Very poor

    He points out the most mundane things about his victims, and then restates it again and again. AWFUL

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    Not worth the money.

    I can't believe I paid money for this book. I was a big fan of the book he co-wrote with Dan Patrick, The Big Show from his ESPN days but this is nothing more than recycled scripts from his nightly Worst Person in the World segment on Countdown. I was hoping for new material but there's no here, here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Pointless

    If you watch his show from time to time there is no need to buy this. It is just a long list of Conservatives and idiots. But if you think Bill O'reilly is more evil than Osama Bin Laden than by all means get it. Personally though, I am returning it and getting my 15 bucks back

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    Substance........not!

    There is no purpose really for the book. It is offered as comedy in some classifications but one gets the feeling that it is just another critical rant from a marginally educated broadcaster. I really get the feeling that KO is way over his head in commenting on other public figures. Maybe if he went back to a good school of government and history it would fill in the gaps....emotional venting from an undereducated ex-sports broadcaster. Keith, go back to ESPN, more fun and less credibility required....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    what do you expect from a sportscaster

    Olbermann is a sports guy who got fired and moved into news. A realm he apparently has no real clue about. His show is the worst rated show for his timeslot and for the week. Yet he continues to put out his drivel and meaningless words of what he calls wisdom....meaningless because only about 12 people are watching. And as another reviewer said if you watch his show you have read the book. The entire book is almost a transcript of his tv show. It was boring, trite and a waste of time and money. I wonder if I can get my money back?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Funny!

    Enjoyed him on ESPN, where I understand he was fired for insubordination (a trend that continued in other jobs). Wish he had stuck to sports, because comparing him to Edward R. Murrow is like comparing Mickey Mantle to Mickey Morandini.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    great

    great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    A book of truth

    A pleasure to read. It's always nice to hear the re-caps of how the Bush Administration and its minions, whether by Conservatives or news providers such as Fox Noise, continue to shamelessly point our country in the wrong directions. Olbermann's show is my choice for news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    When the Founding Fathers created the United States in 1787, they knew from personal experience the value of people offering justified criticism of their own government. Like Edward R. Murrow calling out Senator Joe McCarthy or Walter Cronkite stating the Vietnam War to be a stalemate, Keith Olbermann offers straight-to-the-point views of a government that may be taking the protection of America to an negative level. Not only that, Olbermann also points out the plain stupidty or down-right lack of common sense from non-political people whether it be criminals who need to think more or school officials who need to think less. Overall, this is an enjoyable book for those who like accountability with their news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

    Olbermann is the truth

    Finally someone who can speak out against the evil bush administration and point out the flaws of fox noise. As you see the people who did not like this book point out the facts he makes against these people, well turn off Bill Oily and watch something that isn't a lie...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    A heroic newscaster

    While most of the mainstream media allows the Bush administration to take away our constitutional rights, Keith Olbermann has stood up for defending American liberties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A moderate view of what is wrong in the world

    Keith has an unusual way to put idiots in the spotlight. For what they say or do, they deserve it. If you are from the far right or far left, you will see little humor in this. But if you are in the middle of the road, you will see the humor in it and see why we are in such a mess in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    A Beacon of Truth in a Time of Darkness

    Finally those of us who want to keep our democracy have a spokesman in Keith Olberman who shines like a beacon of light in the shadows of darkness created by the current administration. This highly entertaining yet thought provoking book reveals some fascinating truths about those chosen as Worst Person in the World.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Entertaining recap of his show

    I am an admitted fan of Keith's and maybe that's the reason I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Yes, it was a repetition of the 'Worst Person in the World' segment of his show, but I often find that hilarious just like the book. It was a great reminder of some of his worst that I had forgotten about or missed. I also like the idea of supporting a news commentator who is brave enough to 'speak truth to power' in a time when few others do. This will get passed along to a friend I'd like to encourage to become a fan of Keith's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006

    Nice to have it recapped!!

    With tounge in cheek and yet a pointed wagging finger, Keith reminds us to think about what folks are telling us, there just might be lame motives behind them!! Thanks Keith, for exposing the terrible lack of self reflection in our world and how it is played out on the stage of life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    He is right!

    Keith Olbermann is a voice for basic decency, and this book is an excellent example of that.

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