Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal
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Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal is a personal and political history told with acid humor and a loving heart. Barry Crimmins, a writer and commentator on Air America Radio, travels from a skeptical childhood in frozen upstate New York, through the founding of the Boston comedy scene, to a career as a satirist and activist. No villain is spared; no hero is forgotten. C...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2004)
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“Never Shake Hands With a War Criminal,” besides being filled with the high level of “take-no-prisoners” humor one would expect from Barry Crimmins, is also a cri de coeur. (“NOUN: An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest.”) It is a wail against the center not holding, at our own lives being filled with ghosts, and the places we come from, the places that shaped, or mis-shaped us…disappearing. It is the voice of sanity, even as it is delivering unrelenting broadsides against those who wo...more
Like many comedians the author has a very serious side which he blends well with his humor. It is a very political little book. It is a bit uneven but thought provoking.
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