WHEN YOU RIDE ALONE YOU RIDE WITH BIN LADEN: What the Government Should be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

WHEN YOU RIDE ALONE YOU RIDE WITH BIN LADEN: What the Government Should be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

by Bill Maher

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Overview

Political provacateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. 33 dynamic new posters and several classics from our government's archive, accompanied by text from one of our leading pundits and cutting-edge comedians make this the perfect book for this time in our nation's history and will help Americans make the connection between what we can do and how it will help our troops to victory.
Says Maher,
"Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what.
Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory,it's maddeningly vague -'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!'
'And what?' I always want to ask.
"Bring a sweater?'"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012440341
Publisher: PHOENIX BOOKS INC
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 145
Sales rank: 406,582
File size: 4 MB

About 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 other books include "Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?" and "True Story" and "New Rules".

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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WHEN YOU RIDE ALONE YOU RIDE WITH BIN LADEN: What the Government Should be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jamie copied a bunch of pics from this book and posted them all over town when we lived in Greeley :-)
mtnbiker1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable, sometimes very funny commentary on the issues of terrorism and how our government attempts to spin it into a better light. I think I like Bill Maher better as a writer than as a stand up comedian or a talk show host.
guardianbookfest2011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was prepared for this book to be terribly outdated, but I wasn't ready for the blatant racism. Could have done without that. Bill's also usually funnier than this. There are a few genuinely amusing moments, but mostly it's just kind of tepid.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this day and age all too few are raising their voices in dissent. The fascism that is rising in this country is scarcely comparable to what it will be if the junta that stole the country manages to do so again. With a measured voice Maher tells the truth as it is and points out the hypocrisy of the rank and file who can justify all manner of ugly business under the cloak of patriotism. Reading this book shows me yet another sign of courage and life amidst the clamoring voices of the ditto heads. It makes you realize just how stupid and deceived you have to be to buy into the reasons for this administrations outrageous behaviors. It also points out the power of the hard core neo-cons to influence the cowardly and the fence sitters. God help America if people don't begin to listen to the few voices of conviction like Bill Maher. Something has gone missing in America and it all comes down to greed and fear. The ultimate result is a lot of very fat people quaking inside their jello-shaking flesh as they insulate themselves from their feelings and justify each new enormous mis-deed with whatever it is that has replaced their conscience. The words of Frank Zappa return with a terrible irony, 'and they said it couldn't happen here.' It is happening here. Wake up America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt that Maher has hit many things on the head. No one wants to be told to curb their lifestyle, it isn't in vogue not to be excessive. I think that is why so many got upset with this book. They can see themselves and many of their actions held up to scrutiny and shown for what they really are, window dressing. People are quick to try and cover their own embarassment at being found out as fakes that they are and quick to yell 'Unpatriotic!' or demand political (over)correctness. It is sad to see common sense forgotten and 'the good (feelings, esteem) of one over the best for all' taken as the best approach. Shortsightedness limits the view to the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone hates the USA and it will only get worst for them. They are a bunch of over armed rednecks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Maher not only shows time after time his lack of patriotism, but his refusal to see any good in anything. He is negative and sarcastic and many times rather than offering a solution to any of our nations problems offers critcism to public leaders and private organizations offering to make a difference. Rather lazily sitting by critcizing he could step up to plate, like many of todays celebrities, to use his influence to make a difference. Hated the book, but most of all hated what the book represents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way Bill Maher goes ahout introducing the many problems with how the government is handling the current situations is absolutely hilarious. The illustrations, although sometimes extreme, make you want to go tape them all over someones SUV...a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Correct me if I'm going senile in my old age, but wasnt the bombing on 9/11/01. How could he remark about it on 9/9/01? ------------------------------- On September 9, 2001, a remark he made on his show caused quite an uproar: 'We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away, that's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maher gives a remarkably humorous and sarcastic, yet accurate representation of the state of our country today. In the war on terrorism, he points out that to win, we must be logical. Yet we are too worried about people's feelings. The bottom line in any line of business is getting things done, and doing whatever is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. I myself would be considered a minority. However, I agree wholeheartedly that racial profiling would be necessary if we are going to combat terrorism effectively.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Maher's new book sounds like an alarm clock waking us from a comfortable but dangerous sleep. In brief, hard-hitting chapters, he exposes why the U.S. government would rather strip away your privacy than stand up to big oil (keep driving those SUVs alone)or ruffle the political feathers of foreign leaders. Those who strip away our freedoms and privacy in the name of waging war against terror run the risk of destroying exactly those core American values for which they claim to be fighting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The comments in this "picture book" on Islam being forced on the people, are historically misguided. Historians have, across the board, termed this "sword" claim as a "debunked hypothesis" (See Philip K. Hitti's, A Short History of the Arabs 1973:59). An analysis of the adoption of Islamic names reveals that over a century and a half after the "conquests", less than 10% of the population of those areas was Muslim. This suggests that the masses accepted Islam much later and not as a result of the conquest (see Albert Hourani's, A History of the Arab Peoples (1991), page 46-47). Prominent Western historians (like Edward Gibbon) have called this "sword" propaganda a myth. Why are you perpetuating a myth that has been debunked by experts who scientifically analyze the evidence? The author's silence about "Holy Violence" in the Torah, and the explicit racism of the Old Testament that has been translated into the present day apartheid regime of modern Israel, shows dishonesty and insincerity. He claim that U.S Foreign Policy cannot be criticized by today's Muslims because Muslims who lived 1400 years back allegedly had a "conquering to convert" foreign policy is not only absurd, it reeks of the Israeli claim that since their ancestors allegedly inhabited Palestine 2000 years back, they are justified today in stealing the entire area from its indigenous Arab population. It is a almost non-researched, agenda driven "picture" book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Maher's new book is refreshing and insightful. In a country that our President has repeatedly described as "at war," Maher recalls what those words meant in previous wartimes when (as in World War II), conserving energy and oil were huge priorities to all Americans. With deep intelligence and humor, Maher takes a very serious look at the current state of events from a much needed global perspective. He reminds us that "we are all in this together," as opposed to "every man for himself." The book is beautifully illustrated with modern-day replicas of wartime posters, a medium which, he explains, not only reflected American priorities during previous wars but also served as a vital tool in helping Americans understand what they could do to help with the war effort. Maher's creativity, patriotic spirit, and courage to break from convention reveal that he is a true American hero. This is a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good reading, points well taken. A man not afraid to speak his mind. I think the American people have become to complacence and don't grasp the full picture of the global threat of terrorism that we now face. They would only have to read Inside Al Qaeda by Rohan Gunaratna and I believe then they would understand better what Mr. Maher is trying to say. Gunaratan's book is scary, but a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amid a world that has changed so much in the last year, Bill Maher's new book tells it like it is. In a country that our President has repeatedly described as "at war," Maher recalls what those words meant during previous wartimes when (as in World War II), conserving energy and oil were huge priorities to all Americans. With great intelligence and humor, Maher takes a very serious look at the current state of events from a much needed global perspective. He reminds us that "we are all in this together," as opposed to "every man for himself." The book is beautifully illustrated with modern-day replicas of wartime posters, a medium which not only reflected American priorities during previous wars but also served as a vital tool in helping Americans understand what they could do to help with the war effort. Maher's insightful creativity, patriotic spirit, and courage to break from convention reveal that he is a true American hero.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Bill Maher fan, and was so sad when "Politically Incorrect" was canceled. I picked up his book thinking that it was going to be funny and edgy. And it is. But it is sooo much more. This book is exactly what every American needs. We are fighting terrorism, yet citizens don't do anything to help out the government. He has some great ideas and his book is terrific. Get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The intent of this book is to have everyone super prepared for terrorism on the scale the USA was during World War II. Everyone knew World War II would be over within a certain time frame. No One knows when the war on terrorism will end, my opinion is not until its all over. Who wants to live like the people in the Era of World War II forever. I think the message is sincere, but get real, we have to live our lives freely, not in perma fear and perma sacrifice. Id like to recommend a good book on this subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, Dr. Phil isn't the only one who tells it like it is. Bill Maher pulls no punches and says it all with wit and humor. I love the way he trashes todays climate in light of these nutty terrorists.