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When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,740 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Maher, host of the now-defunct TV debate show Politically Incorrect (which many believe was canceled in response to Maher's riff on the word "cowardly" after the September 11 attacks), brings his latest series of irreverent rants to audio. As the title (inspired by a WWII poster) indicates, this time his target is our nation's role in the war on terrorism. Though he initia ...more
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Published September 1st 2007 by Phoenix Books (first published October 31st 2002)
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Kristen
It would be really easy to write a review absolutely trashing this book, too easy, even for me . . . and I like Bill Maher, I mean sure he's a complete douche-bag and the way he smirks at his own jokes makes me what to punch him but I still like his show, so I'll keep it positive.


On to the positive points of this book:

This is by far the best (and only) book I've ever purchased from the dollar store . . . now I feel like I should explain why I was in a dollar store, rest assured I had a good rea
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Brooks
Bill Maher lost his show back in 2002 when he said that the 9/11 terrorists were not cowards. He wrote this book to highlight what the government should be telling us rather than the misinformation and terror alert level we get (Code Orange, do I need a sweater today?). His major points: 1) Ask Americans to Sacrifice – in WWII, we had to give up to defeat the enemy. JFK, “ask what you can do for your country”. Bush says drive more and consume more. 2) Political Correctness – We should use racial ...more
Fintan
I've always been a fan of Maher's talk show and thought it'd be fun to check out his comedy in the written word.

Unfortunately, it was a little light on both comedy and substance for my tastes. There's plenty of gags to be found but they really take a back seat to the political points Maher is trying to get across. It reminded me of some of the graphics segments he does on the show that are kind of funny but outstay their welcome after he hits third one with eight more to go.

Maher clearly thinks
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Mohamed Mohamed
I liked this book not because I agree with what he wrote in it, but because he has the audacity to come out straight forward and say what he really believes. His idea of profiling Arabs and Muslims for security measures was one of the ideas that I found hard to swallow at first, but when I tried to understand where he was coming from I began to realize that it has some rational bases. One that I don't agree with, but it's always nice to explore the ideas of those who view the world differently. ...more
Dave Burke
Bill Maher's advice for what we all could do after septemeber 11th - and Maher's frustration at Bush's advice to "Shop"

Maher has a lot to say and certainly isn't always right but he speaks his mind and doesn't care whose toes he steps on, even when being told "Americans need to watch what they say now". A lot of people could use a dose of his attitude, which is summed up by this quote

Americans today confuse freedom with not being asked to sacrifice.

Cliff
If you like Bill Maher's snarky sense of humor, I do, you'll probably like this book. It's basically and extended version of his old, Politically Incorrect tv show. Although I don't agree with alot of what he says, he says a lot of things most people won't. Even if you don't agree with his point of view, his ideas are worth a ponder.
Julien V
The less is said about this piece of paranoid, islamophobic crap, the better. To think I sorta liked Bill Maher before - despite the douchiness and all the zionist apologetics. To add insult to injury, this pamphlet isn't even funny. Not once.
Michael
Funny a little of the time, serious a lot of the time, thought-provoking throughout, and very relevant.
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: Political provocateur 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 the war effort, but are at a loss as to what. Thirty-three 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, the zeitgeist of post-9/11 America. This is the book that will help ...more
Judith
Maher has good points to make, oversimplifies and sounds alarms needlessly, but it's worth listening to. Solutions are not always as simple as he'd like to think, of course. But it's hard to ignore the insanity of many "solutions" in place today.

Maher offers several suggestions for fighting the "war on terrorism", including, of course, using less oil per person. It's a quick and easy one to hear. I wish I had kept a notebook nearby while listening, however, because it is harder to review points
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Janet Morris
I've been on a bit of a politically-fueled comedy book reading bent lately, and since I generally like Bill Maher's style, I thought I would check this book out. This book is definitely different from his New Rules books by featuring only essays by him--well, except for the political posters, which were inspired by or based on the ones that were made during World War II.

This book is also different in that it isn't really all that funny. It's more of an educational sort of thing. As is probably o
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Eva
I really like the way Bill Maher thinks and writes, from the humor to the straight talk. (Admittedly the book got a little repetitive after a bit, though.) Some quotes:

Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague -- "Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!" "And what?" I always want to say, "Bring a sweater?" - Loc 103

An original 1943 wartime poster warned Americans, "When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!" - Loc 194

On September 11, a whole city cared for 3,
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Lucy Furr
This was a super fast read; it went down easily in one sitting.

On the one hand, I'm not really a big fan of Bill Maher (I was attracted to the book simply because of the title, having been aware of the old “when you ride alone, you ride with Hitler” posters and figured it might be good for a laugh) and I will fully admit, it was better then I thought it would be. On the other hand, even though it exceeded my expectations, my expectations were pretty low to begin with and it was exactly the kind
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Nicole
While there were some rants that I didn't agree with, for the most part, I found myself agreeing to alot of what Maher had to say here. Written not long after 9/11 he has some great points about terrorism, national security and the way forward which, sadly, still ring true today (we've made a stunning lack of progress). It made me realize just how far we have to go.

I recently read and reviewed America Alone (another book I really enjoyed, by conservative author Mark Steyn), which makes some of
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Toney
since im not 69 years old i dont know who the heck bill maher is and ive never watched his stupid HBO show. i assumed he was like a more Old and stupid jon stewart, dispensing milquetoast liberal wisdom with smirking gray-haired paternalism, but the reality is evern worse somehow!!!!

this retarded book is filled with asinine post-9/11 moron hysteria and "straight-talkin'""" "non-partisan" bullet points such as :

- Muslins should do their patriotic duty and not complain about being profiled/discrim
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Leah Lucci
This takes about an hour to read max.

What it pretty much does is copy old propaganda posters into modern settings to emphasize what we should be doing as a country to keep it together during these tough times. These updated propaganda posters, which were mostly lifted from WWII posters, remind us of how much the elder generations sacrificed during times of war. There were ads to carpool, to grow your own food, to skimp on new clothing -- overall, to use less and help out in the community more.
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Jake
While many of the things Maher writes are common sense (and bear in mind it was written at a time when "gut feelin's" and raw emotion trumped common sense), and he makes a lot of valid points about personal sacrifice and American willful ignorance, I found myself disappointed by some of the things he wrote as well. We should be threatening countries that harbor terrorists with nuclear attack? Really?

Also, the book is extremely western-centric. At one point Maher writes that free speech and equa
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Mathias
I thought the book was spot on and brilliant but in my case he was preaching to the choir so I didn't walk away with a lot of new information. However, Maher calls out a group of people, the fool we all know who "doesn't get into politics" as if it's some sort of badge of nobility. This book is for that fool.

Had I only a small understanding of the information in this read I'm sure I'd have given it a 4. It's funny and short but I think a book like this could have benefited from some supplemental
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Hallie Huffman
I didnt have TV at the time, so I never watched Politically Incorrect, but I watched his other weekly show for a while. While I liked his style I found he was repetitive and that put me off reading this one for a long time. But this book was smart and I liked that it offered concrete examples of what should be done by "the little guy" to fight terrorism AND TO UNDERSTAND IT. Taking us through the process of how terrorist groups are funded and the direct link between terrorism and poverty gave an ...more
Alex Norcross
This book is a little dated, having been written after 9/11, but before the invasion of Iraq. Maher is spot on with his criticism of American consumerism, ignorance, and obsessions with things that don't matter. A lot of the things he discusses are problems that should be addressed and sadly still remain untouched and rarely examined by our leaders. Some of his arguments, however, are extremely biased and short-sighted. Maher writes that "Taking literally ancient parables from thousands of years ...more
Daryl Crompton
A quick read that was entertaining, and not all that insightful (given when the book was written and what we now know)
If you like Maher's sense of humor (I do, whether I agree with him or not) this is a fun read, punctuated with same salient points.
Susan
What the hell is it about women and diamonds? Generalizing/sexism much? Sure I'd love some, but I'm certainly not 'thinking about it as much as men think about sex'?? WTF bullshit is that? Or is it just me 'not getting it'?
Matthew
What I like about this book (and Bill Maher in general) is that he speaks out without fear, making valid arguments that use both logic and of course his facetious, or sarcastic humour to point out the risks posed by blind conformity, mass fear, irrationality and apathy to democratic freedoms that arguably the current generation of Americans take for granted. Although written a couple of years prior to Al Gore's The Assault On Reason, I happened to read this one immediately after the Gore book an ...more
Patrick
Maher is interesting because he's one of the few political voices who no one really always agrees or disagrees with on a regular basis. The focus of this book is that in the immediate post-9/11 America, the consensus was, "I'm gonna keep driving my S.U.V. and my Hummer and waste gas, because we're not changing a damn thing, or the terrorists have won," compared to the national attitude during World War 2, which was "roll up your sleeves, we all have our part to do, let's conserve and make sacrif ...more
Fred
This book is great. Of course it has a comedic aspect to it since it is from a comedian but he points out a lot of really interesting things and many, many, good ideas. For example, why don't we guilt people into car pooling since money for gas goes to the Saudi Royal Family which still supports Bin Laden (or at least his organization) financially. Or why don't we set up some sort of a bucket to collect change at the security checks in the airport. Everyone would dump their pocket fulls of chang ...more
Terri-Lea Chowles
A bit outdated now as it was written just after 9/11, but his views are always entertaining and it's easy to picture him smirking at his own jokes.
Nate
Oct 02, 2012 Nate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Americans
Shelves: humor, politics
Even though this book is written by a known liberal-leaning comedian, I believe that every American should read this. It is a book with a message written by an American that supports America and provides some perspective on the conflict that underpins the War on Terrorism. While not exactly scholarly reading by any stretch, the images and facts presented are, in my opinion, important for those of us "at the street level" to start to understand what is happening. Read it for the comedy, but also ...more
Margot
A collection of short political essay rants coupled with military and government propaganda posters the Bill Maher wishes our government would make. Some ideas I agree with, some I don't, but reading this book did make me feel lucky to be American. A short, easy read with big block quotes and lots of pictures. Sort of a picture book for adults. As if Maher thinks that Lazy Americans can't even read a full book without lots of visual stimulation, or he just didn't have enough written for the book ...more
Lauren
Although I shouldn't be, I am somewhat astounded that 6 years after this book originally came out it still has the same if not more relevance in our society. Maher addresses the poor attitudes of Americans yet still manages to make you feel proud to be one. I found myself agreeing with most (but not all, of course) of what he has to say. For one, I thoroughly enjoy Maher's sarcasm and honesty and found myself laughing out loud more than once as I read. Overall, great read that I will take with m ...more
Lillian
I heard that Bill Maher is "really liberal" (I'm pretty moderate) and "says nasty things," but I agreed with a great majority of this book. Maher makes excellent points about the need for Americans to be more thoughtful, more aware of the outside world, and less selfish. Selfishness and our attachment to overabundance were core themes of the book; Maher made me rethink some of my own habits as well as recognize societal faults in general. Overall: an eye-opener. More people should read this.
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William Maher, Jr., is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He hosted the late-night television talk show Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central and ABC, and is currently the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. On June 1, 2006, he also began hosting an Internet-exclusive talk show on Amazon.com entitled Amazon Fishbowl.

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