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Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  479 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
"You just cover a lot of territory and you do it aggressively and you do it fairly and you don't play favorite sand you don't take any prisoners. It's the old school of slash-and-burn metropolitan column writing. You just kick ass. That's what you do. And that's what they pay you to do.--Carl Hiaasen

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Paperback, 471 pages
Published September 13th 2009 by University Press of Florida (first published 1999)
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Dec 13, 2009 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply cannot say anything bad about this collection of Hiaasen's best Miami Herald columns. It is sad, funny and angry all at the same time. Hiaasen is clearly a meticulous researcher, and that allows him to simply skewer just about everything about South Florida government and politics with the steady hand of someone who has all the facts and knows that things are even worse than they seem.

Nov 11, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Most reviews of this book, including the cover blurbs, note the direct connection between the characters in Hiaasen's novels and the crazy "only in Florida" true stories that populate particularly the first section of this book. And there is plenty of kookiness to go around, but the part that captivated me was the environmentalism, and Hiaasen's passion for Florida's wild places. These themes also come through in his novels, but come from his experience and the (mostly tragic) history of souther ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As always, he is magnificent. Unfortunately, with all of those editorials, the problems in Miami and the stupidity of the state legislature just keep on happening. This really my second reading of the book. This book would be a great gift to anyone who is interested in local politics. I can't believe there aren't some places where some of this stuff isn't going on. Football stadiums, bribes to building inspectors, etc. And this is not fiction, which also writes and is very funny.

Second reading,
Bryce Wilson
May 27, 2009 Bryce Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the world's greatest raconteurs doing what he does best. Namely stirring the shit of politics and society at large while reveling in a sense of disbelief, absurdity and righteous anger.

Somewhat esoteric (He writes about ALOT of minor politicians from the eighties) but rewarding none the less.
Keith Fillmore
Might just be me, but I was bored silly. Big fan of Carl's fiction, particularly the young adult books like "Hoot". The columns, however, were hard to get into. The rants get old especially since there was no follow-up, so you don't know how things ended. I skipped about half of the book (like the stuff about politics) and ended up reading mostly the articles about wildlife and the destruction of the environment.
Consistently one of the funniest writers out there. Always enjoy his books! But this is a collection of his editorials. Scathingly funny, witheringly dry commentary on Florida politics make up the bulk of these articles.
Josh Liller
Apr 10, 2013 Josh Liller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hiaasen is a much beloved and highly successful Florida writer famous for skewering the stupidity and absurdities of South Florida. So I was quite surprised when this collection of his newspaper columns bored the hell out of me. This was possibly my first ever exposure to Hiassen's writing; I may have read his column a few times before, but I've definitely never read any of his novels. Much like the film "In Bruges" I felt like this was something I should like and it just fell completely flat. S ...more
Oct 30, 2008 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always loved his columns in the Miami Herald and missed reading them when I moved to Boston. So reading, rather skimming and reading, some of the columns sort of caught me up in what happened after I left in 1987. The Fla. story is so depressing. The astronomical growth that they can't manage, the environment going to shambles, the water, the Everglades, the wildlife moving toward extinction b/c of greed = growth.
Dec 28, 2007 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone/ everyone
I'm going to florida in March and I always like to read about the culture of where I'm traveling. I'm excited about the den of thieves and Mafiosos and illegal immigrants that I will encounter on my travels. oh yeah, and gun toting grandmas too! Carl Hiassen is hilarious and pretty uch everything he writes is worth reading.
Greg Howard
I learned very quickly in this collection of Hiaasen's newpaper columns, that I really prefer his novels. Too much preaching and not enough whimsy. Although, I'll admit, there's plenty of problems in South Florida for Hiaasen to preach about.
May 06, 2008 Joyce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Corruption is rampant everywhere. Sometimes it is good to be reminded that people don't change much and neither do politicians. Hiaasen is a joy to read, but it would have been better had I read this when it came out, instead of years later.
Jul 10, 2014 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl tells it like it is. great source of some Florida history. especially liked the later sections on the Everglades and Florida growth in general.
Chi Dubinski
Readers who love Carl Hiaasen's off-the-wall novels won't want to miss this
and passionate essays prove that the facts can indeed be stranger than fiction...

Barry Cooke
Jul 24, 2014 Barry Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good collection of Newspaper columns written over the years by the author outlining the greed & corruption of the authorities in Florida.
May 26, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiaasen is hilarious. This is a great bathroom book! His newspaper articles are short and a great laugh. I truly love a smart ass.....
I never finished the whole book. Hiaasen is a great writer, but reading all the entries got boring.
Matty O'rourke
Aug 09, 2012 Matty O'rourke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don't understand how Miami works, this will certainly enlighten!
Mar 28, 2007 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hilarious and thought-provoking collection of essays by Carl Hiaasen.
J. D.
Aug 24, 2014 J. D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A treat, as usual, to see Carl Hiaasen trash Florida politicians.
Jul 07, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
buy own keep reread do not lend.
Sep 05, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-love
just for entertainment....
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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