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The Worst Person in the World,: And 202 Strong Contenders

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  359 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
All of the failings and missteps of celebrities, politicians, and a few just-plain-dumb folks, as seen on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith OlbermannKeith 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 Bi ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by John Wiley & Sons (first published August 28th 2006)
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Aaron Marvel
Jul 25, 2011 Aaron Marvel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My one big disappointment with this book was that I was expecting totally new material here, and all this really amounts to is a years worth of transcripts of his famous in-show segment. Which strikes me as a very lazy way to put out a book. I would imagine his hard core fans who religiously watched his show were awfully disappointed in this book for that reason. For someone like me, who can't bare the thought of watching political shows of any kind, on any sort of regular basis (even ones that ...more
As a devoted fan of MSNBC's Countdown (daily news show), I found that most of these had been covered over the years on his "Worst Person in the World" segment.

I found while reading that the featured Worst Persons spotlighted lacked the punch of the TV delivery, visuals, etc. Or maybe it was because I'd heard most of them.

From back cover: "The stinkers, the rascals, the reprobates ... and the just plain dumb"

I've been a huge KO fan for 20 years, since his days as a sportscaster on the local Los A
Feb 19, 2013 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, however, I feel a little schizophrenic about it. I do not prefer journalists that are in the outer limits of the left and right like Keith Olberman or Glen Beck. They act like congress and achieve nothing [except maybe ratings]. This book gives a daily bronze, silver and gold award to the person or group that Olberman considers to be the worst in the world. Most of his nominees are deserving and often monumentally stupid, selfish or mislead and it leads to some entertaining ...more
Mark R.
I started watching Keith Olbermann's "Countown" on MSNBC late last year. His brand of outrage combined with humor inspired me the first time I saw his show, and my favorite segment, since then, has been his "Worst Person In the World," which usually runs about three minutes in the second to last spot in the "Countdown".

This book is not much more than a transcript of "Worst Person" episodes from 2005 to 2006. As a fan of "Worst Person", the book provided a lot to laugh about (and get irritated ab
Aug 17, 2009 Erika is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and funny, scathing, but this seems much more fluffy than his Countdown show.
Sep 06, 2011 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love countdown therefore i love this book. It's all the best from countdown in one book.
Jan 20, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stewart/colbert fans, newslovers
This book was great (even if it was a collection of pieces from his show). There is such a delicate balance between a Darwin award-esque tales of bone headed criminals and journalistically brutal attacks on those who lie and mislead (notably Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O'Reilly). Some may think he attacks too often and can often become petty but I found most of his attacks extremely well founded. The only time he may 'go overboard' are in the cases of these repeat offenders named above ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Selwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
When I bought this book 6 years ago, I loved Keith Olbermann and I loved this book. Now, though, I don't feel particularly strongly about Mr. Olbermann one way or another, and as for this book, it's quite dated. Re-reading it recently, I certainly laughed at a lot of it (some bits more than others), but Bush is no longer President, O'Reilly and Coulter are less relevant (right?), and Limbaugh is ... I don't know, actually. I'm not sure what happened to him after he called a college student a slu ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Spudsie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Keith Olbermann fans
Shelves: politics
Ahhhh…..politically savvy and attractive. Could there possible be a better combination for a commentator?!

All kidding aside, this book was what I expected. A fun collection of Olbermann’s picks for “worst person in the worrrrrrrrlllllllldddddddd” in book form.

I had hoped there would be a little more—I had hoped to see some of his written writing style (as opposed to his writing style for broadcasts). But alas, no such luck. It seems to be primarily a re-print of his spoken lists. And that’s okay
Apr 12, 2010 bethanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves dumbness
Shelves: read-in-2010
After noticing this book in a local bookstore last year, I wanted to read it. My boyfriend and I love watching the segment on Countdown with Keith Olbermann of "World's Worst" and this book does not disappoint. It takes the segments of "World's Worst" from 2005-2006 and puts all of the hilarity and stupidity on full blast.

The result is a fun, quick read that makes the reader laugh out loud. Not only are certain news figures that are known for running at the mouth are featured, but also, funny se
Feb 15, 2008 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alison by: Keith Olbermann
Despite my massive love and devotion to Keith I got bored with this book. The majority of it was transcripts of his Worst Person in the World segment. They are very funny but after a while I really need a narrative rather than page after page of one-paragraph stories. Mixed in among this were transcripts of Keith's famous Special Comments. These have always been my least favorite part of his show. I appreciate & enjoy his commentary but he acts like Moses delivering the 10 Commandments when ...more
May 05, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It's an old joke that somewhere in the world someone has to be the worst doctor in the world, and someone has an appointment with him. MSNBC's commentator Keith Olbermann takes that premise and stretches it. Someone has to be the worst person in the world. Every night on his show Countdown, he announces the three strongest contenders for the night. His book The Worst Person in the World is a compilation of the first year's segments. From political spit takes to plain stupidity I couldn't stop la ...more
Mike Jensen
I’m a fan of Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World segment on his MSNBC program because liars, hypocrites, and morons (usually) should be exposed. What is great at a rate of 3 a day is overkill over 267 pages of this book. What is timely on the show is yesterday’s news in print. That this books disappointed as much as it did is not really the author’s fault; it is mine for not figuring out the problems in advance. Still, it is good to have a record of these miscreants. Now, if someone tells me t ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Clackamas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bathroom readers
Recommended to Clackamas by: Seemed like good airplane reading
Shelves: humor
For some reason unknown even to me, I adore Keith Olbermann so I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't funny, witty, clever, or really worth reading at all. I was so disappointed. The only reason I'm even giving it a second star is because it's broken up into small bites that take very little time to read so it works well if you're a bathroom reader the way everyone in my household is.
Hilarious and often mind-boggling... it's amazing how under-endowed some people are with common sense, compassion, and integrity. Olbermann skewers them articulately with mingled outrage and bemusement. A funny read, at the same time it made me worry about what kind of system we live in that allows people like those he describes to reach positions of power where they can cause a lot of hurt and chaos.
Aug 31, 2008 Dirtyshooze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read!! tho difficult to read in one sitting -- TOO much information about the goofballs (moreso Olbermann's frequent targets throughout the book, not the single incident boobs) who take too much of our energies. Thank you, Bill O'Reilly, for being such an ass, and giving continual examples of why you rank high on Olbermann's list.
Apr 12, 2008 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Keith Olbermann. However, this book is just a reprint of the "worst person in the world" segments from past shows. Not much new is added to this collection, but it is fun to reread his commentary.
Apr 22, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No particular objection to the content, but it just doesn't read well. Might be a great gift for a die hard Olbermann fan? Especially one that liked the WPITW bit from his show. Seems more like a collectible than a book to me.
Alex Melnick
Parts of this book are very funny, and parts are interesting and serious. Putting the two parts next to each other doesn't work very well. Funny bits: 4 stars; serious bits: 3.5 stars; combination: 3 stars.
Sarah Hayes
Sep 02, 2010 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics-history
An excellent collection of the Worst Persons from COUNTDOWN; it's probably better to read this book in chunks instead of reading it all in one sitting, taking it one month of entries at a time. It's gotten me very excited for PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES' release later this year, that's for sure!
Jul 17, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liberal readers
Has to be one of the funniest books I have read in a while. This is a collection of the "Worst Person" segment from "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" that aired on MSNBC. I would recommend to liberal friends looking for a good laugh.
Jan 13, 2008 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just a compliation of stuff from his show and it got pretty tedious after awhile.
Apr 09, 2008 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reality comedy. Funny and sometimes depressing
I love his hunky ass!
Sidney Rodriguez
I stopped reading this about a quarter of the way through. Just didn't enjoy the way it was written.
Jan 03, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fun to read. Mr. Olbermann is a liberal and hates George W. and you can definately tell with this book.
May 14, 2009 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is all opinion and comedy laced with truth, but I got a good, Olbermann makes excellent points.
May 14, 2008 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Keith Olbermann, but I was a bit disappointed in the book. It is essentially a collection of transcripts from his show on MSNBC...
May 04, 2008 Clair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, i-own
It's all a take off of his show, but it's still hysterical to read. Keith Olbermann... I don't know what I'd do without Countdown.
Jan 18, 2008 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Keith Olbermann, but this book was serious overkill on the Worst Persons in the World Segment...
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Keith Olbermann is an American news anchor, commentator, and radio sportscaster. He currently hosts Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, an hour-long nightly newscast of five selected stories with commentary by Olbermann and guests. Starting with the 2007 NFL season, Olbermann also serves as co-host of NBC's Football Night in America with Bob Costas.
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