The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals
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The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals

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Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to docum...more
368 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Vintage (first published June 19th 2012)
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Some of these pieces were a lot funnier than others, but there are a lot of different humor styles in this book too. Some may find the book to be more riotous than others.

My personal favorite was early in the book and it was, "From the Diary of John Adams" by Peter Krinke. I was rolling! There were some others that made me laugh out loud too. In particular, those were "Thirty and Pregnant," "Abstinence-Only Driver's Ed," "I Probably Shouldn't Have Opted for the Cheapest HMO," "Pickman's Chicken...more

by Mike Yarsky

I'm pretty sure it's impossible to create an intentionally funny book that is intentionally funny from beginning to end. Even Woody Allen's finest have a dud or two sprinkled in. It's part of the territory, and especially when it is a collection...well, a sampling of comedic taste isn't going to please one reader the whole way through. I...more
Sean Carman
The editor of this opus is a genius, and every selection is hilarious and amazing, but it's the subtle narrative thread tying the individual works together that makes this anthology so compelling. And no, I don't mean that all of the pieces are related to politics in some way, although they are. I mean the murder mystery cleverly woven into each of the selections, which unfolds with such taut suspense, and for which each entry in this anthology offers a vital clue. When the solution is discretel...more
This was a fun read. As it was collated from the McSweeney's website, obviously some sections were funnier than others and not all of them worked. But overall I would say this is worth your time - and may make you feel better about the complete and total election overload happening right now.
The forward may very well be the funniest part. I only read the first third of the book because I had to take it back to the library, but to be honest after the first 30 or so pages it was boring. Amusing maybe, but trying too hard and it definitely showed.
Didn't finish it. Didn't love it. Parts were funny, but turns out I'd rather see a political musical than read a political not-quite-musical.
Aug 22, 2012 Wendy is currently reading it
So far so funny - i.e. Donald Rumsfeld memoir Chapter Title or German Heavy Metal Song? - no clue.
Katherine Medbery-Oleson
Overall, quite funny. The musicals were some of my favorite selections.
It's worth going through an election just to get some great stuff like this.
meh. not so funny. it all reads better online, in small doses.
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