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The Harmon Chronicles

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Leon is kind of like Tom Green, except that Leon is smart, and funny, and should have his own TV show. — Malice Inc. This hilarious collection of anecdotal essays explores the absurdities of modern American life. Harmon Leon is a cutting-edge prankster who infiltrates one lifestyle after the next, takes each to the absolute extreme, and reports back with his findings. From ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by ECW Press (first published 2002)
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In this book the author takes on various personas and sees how far he can push the envelope. It's meant to be funny, which it is, but it's also interesting to see where his "pranks" take him. For example, in one chapter he goes into a plastic surgeon with over-the-top suggestions for what physical traits he should fix. The author is expecting the surgeon to push back and coach him away from those alterations but that never happens.

Leon's over-the-top characters help to reveal the absurdity of ea
Jun 02, 2011 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The mercurial
Recommended to Alan by: The Portland Mercury
The backwards-named Leon (shouldn't it really be Leon Harmon? Did the upending of his name color his upbringing, making him quirkier than he might otherwise have been?) takes on various personae—I think my favorite was "Dieter Lieterschvantz," a bombastic German who speaks of himself in the third person a lot—in his efforts to infiltrate areas of American subculture ranging from gun fanciers to the Jehovah's Witnesses, from Scientology to being a kid's party clown... with occasionally hilarious ...more
Sandra Varley
Incredibly funny! I laughed so hard I was crying. Adult themes some may find offensive. A blast to read.[return][return]Favorite Quote- "We will depart on an epic expedition reminiscent of Homer's Odyssey but without those pesky Greeks. I will set out like a brave knight on a crusade for truth, bringing you, my little Sancho Panza along for the ride."
had a few belly-laughs whilst reading this, although he's rather unoriginal with the whole "infiltrating the kooky american subcultures" angle. its been done better.
Aug 02, 2011 Andrew added it
Half baked... half assed... quarter funny. I adopt my persona of a German book reviewer named Hrothgar and declare this book to be a haufen scheisse.
May 22, 2013 Kalah added it
This book had an unforgiving amount of typos for a published work.
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Harmon Leon is an award-winning author, performer, and former senior writer for National Lampoon. His latest book, The Infiltrator, was released in 2006, and his writing credits for print and television include NPR, National Geographic, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, The BBC, and Showtime Television Network. He lives and works in San Francisco. (from the publisher's website)"
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Republican Like Me: Infiltrating Red-state, White-ass, And Blue-suit America American Dream The Infiltrator: My Undercover Exploits in Right-wing America National Lampoon Road Trip USA: All the Places Your Dad Never Stopped at The American Dream: Walking in the Shoes of Carnies, Arms Dealers, Immigrant Dreamers, Pot Farmers, and Christian Believ

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