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Monster Trucks & Hair in a Can
by Bill Geist
From the Emmy Award-winning CBS correspondent and best-selling author of Little League Confidential comes a hilarious look at modern American entrepreneurship. For many years, Bill Geist has been exploring the quirks and glories of this country, and he's here to tell you: America is still the land of opportunity. That's right! Where else could Bob Chandler make a fortune ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published November 9th 1994 by Putnam Adult
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An interesting romp through the quirkiest things that American entrepeneurs have come up with in recent years (okay, not so recent, since this was written in the Clinton era). American Gladiators, nail salons, pig racing, monster trucks, shotgun-chic clothing, the Astrodome, Ron Popeil (may he rest in peace), and Branson Missouri all have entries. Several of these things are still going strong. Bill Geist's snide-without-being-truly-offensive tone, which is well-known to anyone who has seen him ...more
Here we have the 1990s distilled into a book: pro bass fishermen, American Gladiators, Phil Donahue, and more. It's more or less about unusual entrepreneurs, and it's fascinating to read this from the point of view twenty years later. A lot of this is still going strong, and what isn't has been replaced by something else. Geist's humor is interesting, because sometimes it sounds like he's making fun of his subjects, but most of the time he seems generally enthusiastic. If you'd like to do a bit ...more
I love Bill Geist and his fun segments on CBS Sunday Morning. This book is very similar -- little stories about quirky American entrepreneurs, interspersed with Bill's snarky sarcasm. (If you can read while hearing his voice and pacing in your head, it's a slam dunk.) The material holds up too -- surprising since this was published in 1994. I guess I lived through it, so I totally get it.
3.5 stars. These are typical Bill Geist essays....thoughts on the quirkiness of people and places in America. If you like Bill's spots on 60 minutes and other CBS news shoes, you'll like the book. I found myself snickering alot thruout it. Its not an exceptional book but its good fun.