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America, You Sexy Bitch

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  870 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
In the summer of 2011, McCain and Black embarked on a balls-out, cross-country tour. Along the way, they spoke to politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates and opponents, gay parents, flag burners, Muslims, poker players, Tea Partiers, Minutemen, veterans, teen moms, bikers, fast food workers, and a hooker or two. They toured the White House. They fired semiautoma ...more
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Published June 12th 2012 by Random House Audio
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Harmony Cox
If Meghan McCain is a a progressive, then I am the goddamn queen of the Nile. She needs to stop asking people like me for a high five because she's cool with the gays. You don't get a gold star sticker because your proximity to another social group caused you to feel empathy for them. The main thing I learned from this book is that socially liberal republicans are capable of being objective about issues only when they are forced to, and they will still probably only arrive at a viewpoint that is ...more
Kelly Hager
Jun 10, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The backstory: apparently Michael Ian Black, high on junk food and Ambien, talked to Meghan McCain on Twitter and suggested they write a book together. She agreed.

The premise: they travel cross-country (occasionally by plane, mostly in an RV) and discuss politics with each other and various people they meet.

The theory: although politics have become increasingly polarized, we are more alike than we are different and if we'd shut up for two seconds, we'd realize that.

I was excited to read this be
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 When I saw this book at the library, it just looked really interesting to me mostly because it's such a strange concept. Take Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP Presidential candidate John McCain and Michael Ian Black, comedian with fairly liberal views, and throw them in a stinky RV for a trip across the country together. It sounds strange, but it actually works pretty well.

This book is a sort of love letter to America and all of its wonderfulness and strangeness and eccentricities. Duri
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Eileen
May 31, 2012 Eileen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was disappointing. The authors spend too much time seeing the sights and partying and not enough time actually meeting people along the way. They are very candid and their political discussions are civil, so that part was great. It says on the back cover - they "talk to strippers, senators, soldiers, anarchists, Mormons, and Muslims." That is true and that is all. No talking to secretaries, farmers, machinists, entrepreneurs, salesreps, nurses, teachers, or factory workers. So this is ...more
meghann
This book was not really what I expected based on the blurb. I thought there would be more interviewing people across the country, but it was more about relating accounts of Michael and Meghan's time spent with these groups of people. Which was still fun to read, but it took me a minute to get into the style of this book. Basically it alternates between Michael and Meghan talking about an experience at the many locations they visited on their trip and their thoughts surrounding the topics they a ...more
Shelbi
Sep 20, 2012 Shelbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I *LOVED* this book. I will admit, I am a big fan of Ms. McCain. Not necessarily because of her politics (though I do agree with her on several issues) but because she is smart, independent, passionate, respectful, and above all OPEN MINDED! She is fiercely loyal to God and Country, but will be the first to admit that neither party is perfect, her's included, and that people are entitled to their opinions. Michael Ian Black is a revelation in this book as well. I am most familiar with him throug ...more
Kammie
I decided to look past the stupid title because the book’s odd couple concept appealed to me. Meghan McCain, a young Republican, travels across the country with Michael Ian Black, a liberal comedian. It was a pretty quick, enjoyable read.
The actual goal did get a little fuzzy. The book’s description says they travel across the country to find out what Americans are thinking about, yet the biggest issue I had was that I wished they’d included more of the conversations they had with people. They
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Greg
Jul 30, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I thought it would be. Surprise, Michael Ian Black is a better writer than Meghan McCain. And she gets paid to write. Actually, Black does too, now, and anyone that's read "You're Not Doing it Right" will not be surprised that his are the parts to look forward to.
But man, since reading it, almost all I've done is think about how it could've been better. Why did they take an RV? Why not a car? They slept in a hotel every night! They talk about life on the road, sort of, and talking
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Lorri Steinbacher
Meghan McCain spends all her time crowing about what a Republican rebel she is and how no one understands her but her inner circle. She also engages in the kind of "other party" denigration that she claims she wants this book to help alleviate. I have a hard time with people who self-identify as rebels...like self-identify rebels ceaselessly. And Michael, who I love, and wose politics I agree with, I kind of wanted to smack him, too. Maybe just due to his proximity to her. I get it, w can all ge ...more
Bill Rambo
I used to be ambivalent about Meghan McCain...then I listened to the first few chapters of this audiobook. Protip: You can't say the point of the book is to explore why we're so divided politically as a country, and then sentences later say Democrats are ruining the country and have to be stopped, and still expect me to take you seriously.

MIB -- you're still cool. I'll give it an extra star for you.
Erik Hines
Apr 18, 2013 Erik Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and mildly engaging (soft for you hard-core politicos out there), a good light hearted read that in the end tells us something that we already knew. Politicians and the politically obsessed are assholes, the rest of us are just fine, and Megan McCain likes to get smashed ALOT. :)
Kate
Sep 16, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
funny, insightful, quirky and deep. a great read all around!
Siim
Feb 11, 2017 Siim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book to figure out what's going on in Republican and Democrat heads. Get a plurality of views. Both Senator McCain's daughter and the very white comedian represent their party's views well, I thought, even when they are both more open-minded than some of their more vocal thought-leaders (Meghan McCain is all for gay rights, because she knows some gay people and thinks them loving each other is actually not something to abhor in the eyes of God, etc).

Their road trip through America
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Collette Mcdonough
An interesting tale of two very different people traveling this great country talking politics. I wish I would have read this book in 2012. I think it would be neat had they gone on another road trip this summer.
Len
Jun 12, 2012 Len rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First it must be said that this was the first book I've ever listened to rather than read, and the overall experience was quite good. I really liked hearing the book read by the authors themselves -- it added a lot to the experience. I downloaded a trial of Audible and listened mostly in my car and at the gym and I think it's a good way to experience a non-fiction book.

Now, for the book itself. It wasn't quite what I expected. I guess I was expecting to hear more from the people Michael and Megh
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Nathan Dehoff
Oct 28, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At least according to the book itself, the idea for this somewhat odd volume came about when Black was high on Ambien. This led to him taking a road trip across the country with John McCain's daughter, examining various cultures and interviewing people, at least partially to see how much common ground there really was between liberals and conservatives. It switches off between authors, often covering the same events from each person's viewpoint. Black is a Democrat and McCain obviously a Republ ...more
Laura
Aug 24, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, audiobooks
My updated review, having now finished the (audio)book, is that it's pretty good. I will probably listen to it again, simply because Michael Ian Black is so funny, and as I mentioned before, his description of their visit to Zappos is hilarious. So hilarious I should listen to it every morning when I wake up to put me in a good mood.

My main issues with the book are Meghan's lack of awareness (detailed below), and the fact that the book promises that they'll talk with Americans about the country
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Diane
Jul 17, 2012 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comedian Michael Ian Black is a forty-something comedian, happily married, father of two and a liberal. Meghan McCain is a twenty-something Senator's daughter, admittedly unlucky at dating and a Republican TV commentator.

They met when McCain was a guest on Black's pilot talk show for the E! network that did not get picked up. One night after he had taken an Ambien, Black and McCain were 'talking' on Twitter when he suggested that they take a road trip across America to see if the country was as
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Tom Roche
Apr 30, 2012 Tom Roche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Really enjoyed this book, which is basically a buddy road trip, where the buddies barely knew each other beforehand, and one is the single, conservative daughter of an almost president and the other a snarky left-leaning married father of two most remember from I Love the 80s. The book's chapters are broken down into the cities they stopped in during their cross country tour, and it's in the style of he said/she said, so you'll get Michael's take on events, then Meghan's. And you spend the firs
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Sorenconard
A solid read that examines our political divide in a mostly funny but sometimes deep and revealing way.

Pros:

The concept is great. Two people who are basicly strangers, agree to go across the nation and take in this great nation since they have opposite political view. The book takes on most of the current big time political topics and has the authors break down their viewpoints on each issue. Both MIB and Meghan do a solid job explaining what and why they think the way they think. I found Megha
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Michael
Aug 12, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I saw this at my local library and the title alone caught my attention. Based on that alone I had to read it . The premise is simple and not as daunting as most people would expect. Michael and Meghan aren't trying to change your opinions at all and only offer up their insight throughout their road trip in a smelly RV. How would this play out? These are two people on opposite sides of the the political spectrum on the road to discuss politics. The thing is that the politics of course come up, b ...more
Pariah325
This book was a let down to me. I have a political view that is hard to label as conservative, liberal, or even libertarian. I think all three have good aspects, and all three have negative. I was hoping that getting a liberal and a conservative together like this might be an interesting book.

Michael Ian Black turned out to be a solid writer. I am sure years of comedy writing has taught him how to write with timing to pull off jokes. He made good use of different sentence lengths to land his pun
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Heather
Apr 28, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, politics
I'm on board with any and all Michael Ian Black projects. And his contributions to this book, as far as I'm concerned, get an unequivocal 5 stars. That's only half the book, though. I'll admit that my automatic liberal reaction was to not like Meghan McCain, but I decided to give her a chance considering that anyone who Michael Ian Black deems worthy of accompanying him on a month-long cross-country road trip must not be all bad. And she's not all bad - but she's not really all that great, eithe ...more
Kim
Jun 27, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because I am a big fan of Michael Ian Black and will pretty much read anything he writes. This is co-written with Meghan McCain and is about the two of them taking a cross-country road trip, visiting distinctly "American" places and trying to talk about the vast divide between the "left" and the "right" in this country. Michael Ian Black aligns himself more with the Democrats and is very liberal on social issues. Meghan McCain, obviously, is a Republican with a more conservative ...more
Reedz0r
Jul 26, 2012 Reedz0r rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i found this book absolutely fascinating. i've always been a michael ian black fan, which is what prompted me to buy this book. i identify as a liberal nut and kind of expected to disagree with anything meghan mccain wrote. the great surprise was that i often found myself alternating whose side i was on. while a liberal, i'm also a fun-loving 25 year old who appreciated meghan's basic view on life and ho it ought to be lived. i sometimes felt out-of-the-loop with the older michael ian black, tho ...more
Rebecca
Jul 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, tv
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Stephanie Cowart
Jun 26, 2012 Stephanie Cowart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came recommended by my friend Kelly (and I almost always love her recommendations!) and Mandy, The Well Read Wife, was giving away copies in exchange for reviews so I was excited to check it out.
I almost never read non-fiction books (maybe 8 a year out of the 100 I usually read) but I really enjoyed this one.
Meghan and Michael are almost polar opposites and it was fun to see how they reacted to living together for a few months travelling around America. I didn't agree entirely with eit
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Sofia Hurwitz
I found this book quite compelling and extremely relevant to everything going on in America right now. The open discussion/debate with various American settings as the backdrop and Black’s dry humor to ease the tension of polarized parties really made this an engaging and honest look on America’s current political climate. Although I would usually completely turn my nose to Meghan McCain’s conservative point of views, her free spirited persona was a vessel through which I was willing to listen. ...more
Kim Olson
Mar 09, 2013 Kim Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I love Meghan McCain. At a time when lots of people complain about political polarization, she's one of the few people with a national platform who's making genuine efforts to bridge the divide. She also reminds me of many of my Texas girlfriends—fearless, outspoken, and usually in heels. I also like Michael Ian Black, who’s a smart-ass and shares my political views.

This book is a chronicle of their joint road trip across the US. The idea? To find out what real Americans think a
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Nicole
Aug 12, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be funnier, considering I do like the humor of Michael Ian Black. While it did make me think about some issues I had not thought about before, and enlightened me to some things I was not previously aware of (Ford Motor Co did not take bailouts when other car manufacturers did), it was not a favorite. I consider myself a political 'moderate'; very conservative about some things, very liberal about others. I think the only thing Meghan McCain's and Michael Ian Black's 'so ...more
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Daughter of the 2008 Republican candidate for president John McCain. Meghan followed her father during his presidential campaign and accounted it on her blog.

She claimed to have voted for John Kerry in 2004. But changed to Republican in 2008.

Meghan also had a job in the media working for "Saturday Night life" and "Newsweek"
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