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A Practical Guide to Racism

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A look at the races of the world by a lovable bigot, capturing the proud history and bright future of racism in one handy, authoritative, and deeply offensive volume

Meet “C. H. Dalton,” a professor of racialist studies and an expert on inferior people of all ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual preferences. Presenting evidence that everyone should be hated, A Prac

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2007)
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Carlos
The best way to describe this book to one who has no prior knowledge would be to relate it to something else. C.H. Dalton’s A Practical Guide to Racism could be categorized as Borat-esque. With that said, it took a very real point of view and blew it up. By the end it almost seemed like it was stretching a bit further than needed to be.

But the book does a great job of pointing out the absurdity of racial stereotypes by being so blatantly offensive and aloof. I read that the author of the book is
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Mark
Aug 30, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spoof, comic-work
Appallingly clever in its ability to teeter along a tightrope of total bigotry and make it sound for a paragraph or two horrifyingly plausible. By that I mean I could hear the voices of racists everywhere echoing in the background of some of the comments but those racists do not necessarily need to be burning crosses or smashing windows. Most of it was so superbly outrageous that no-one could seriously entertain the truth of it but I found some of the comments chillingly similar to ones you over ...more
Justwinter
Good satire. Found it on deep sale at Barnes & Noble and snapped up three copies when I found myself laughing out loud from just a quick perusal. More thorough reading didn't disappoint--though from chapter to chapter there is a consistent quality of 'one-liner' laughs, and the strengths/humor of various chapters is uneven. There are some (pop) cultural allusions that are over my head & I can tell those passages that fall flat are due to my ignorance about the person/situation mentioned. ...more
Julie
Sep 19, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as John Stewart said, "Read this with someone you hate!"
Katy
Nov 14, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of satire
Book Info: Genre: Satire/Humor
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: people who enjoy satire and won't be offended by the language
Trigger Warnings: Very non-PC language

My Thoughts: Oh, myyyy. This book is so wrong, yet I laughed like a loon at a lot of it.


I'm going to state right away that if you are sensitive to non-PC language, this book will probably upset you. But keep in mind that this is satire, and designed to showcase the negativity of racism by exploiting the ideas for a laugh. And laugh
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simar
Jul 23, 2008 simar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. if you find it offensive, you probably hate yourself.
Mafalda Sousa
Jan 27, 2015 Mafalda Sousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for people who enjoy satire and won't be offended by the language. I just couldn't stop laughing while reading it! :)
Derek
Mar 05, 2008 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up A Practical Guide to Racism for a couple of reasons: one, the title was hilarious, two, one of my favorite cartoonists (Nicholas Gurewitch of The Perry Bible Fellowship) had a hand in it, and three, because skimming through it proved to be a pretty enjoyable read. The best way to describe the book to the uninitiated is, I guess, that it is funny in the same way that Borat was funny. And, with that said, the ending appendices kind of drug the joke out further than it should have gone. ...more
Ryan
Aug 19, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book. Infact, of all the bargain books I have this this by far the best. This would be my staff-pick if I really wanted to welcome a mob of angry morons (i.e. mobs)

My all-time favourite part of this book? The Asian section referencing H.P. Lovecraft's "Cthulhu and the Ching-Chong Chinabots" and the mentioning of Robert Longo beating out Adolph Hitler as the worst artist (because of Johnny Mnemonic). hope i didn't spoil that for you.
Amanda Maria
This book was strange. I thought it was very entertaining in the beginning but it seemed to go on for way too long and went a little too far. I could appreciate the sarcastic humor and it made me laugh. In the chapters for the individual races I was surprised at some of the stereotypes that were left out. Also, more and more detail seemed to be added to each chapter as the book went on. Overall, I don't really know who I would recommend this to but I enjoyed it to a point.
Bill
Apr 19, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uneven writing ultimately does the book in, but the concept is beyond brilliant. This is an amazingly accurate picture of racism in America (white, male, America, to be more precise). Personally, I had no idea that the whites have been so repressed in this country. I mean...I always felt that *something* was wrong, but to have it put there in black and white was a revelation. Disturbingly laugh out loud funny!
Craig
Nov 21, 2008 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone with a good sense of humour
This is the funniest book I have ever read, which is saying quite a lot. I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard, and I've never laughed that hard at a book before. Biting satire of racism, homophobia and sexism. Plus, it comes it a very nice green hardcover.
Sarah
Jul 02, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I've most enjoyed reading about Jews.
It's a book best used for its intended purpose; reference.
If you happen to need clarification on a particular group-- it's particularly useful. I especially like the notes in the back.
Justin
Jun 12, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While a bit uneven at times, there were several laugh-out-loud moments, including the greatest Cher / footnote joke I've ever seen. Just remember, Merpeople were descended from mer-monkeys. Once you've accepted that, you're well on your way to enjoying this book.
Christina Lazic
Oct 12, 2010 Christina Lazic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like absurdist humor and enjoy stereotypes, this book is a fucking blast. The author has some very interesting observations about Merpeople.
Karen
Jul 21, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Would have given this no stars had it been possible. Utterly feeble satire.
Edwina
Feb 10, 2008 Edwina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merpeople and gypsies really, really suck.
Jay Wilkins
Jul 03, 2008 Jay Wilkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
unapolegetically irreverent and funny
Shannon
I was looking on amazon for books to put in my bathroom and this turned up in recommendations. I was offended and wouldn't even look at it. After seeing it multiple times I decided it must be satire of some sort. Looking at the reviews proved my hypothesis so I immediately bought it.

I read it and laughed. The author talks about the stereotypes of all races and no one is left out.

Physically, Italians are short -comically so- and even the women sport heavily waxed, oversized mustaches. For their
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Doug
Sep 17, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back around 2008 (I guess, from the date of publication), I slipped "C. H. Dalton's" A Practical Guide to Racism on my Amazon wishlist to see if I could get my mother-in-law to buy it for me for Christmas. For reasons. Then, failing that dastardly deed's success, I bought it with Christmas money I received. For reasons. It sat on my bookshelf, mostly ignored. I think I forgot about it, but noticed it yesterday and picked it up and read through it today.

For those needing a gist, think of one of t
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Eric Wurm
Jan 05, 2015 Eric Wurm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Practical Guide to Racism" is a reference book written by professor C.H. Dalton, a largely unknown ethnographer, anthropologist and biologist. This seminal work (that sounds kinda gay, doesn't it?) launched his career as a closeted queer author. When it comes to my feelings about this book, I must refer to the inimitable quote from John Lennon:

"Ethnography professors are the nigger of the world."

Essential for the bookshelf of any considerate intellectual, this more than practical guide illumi
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Andrew Matthews
Jul 07, 2014 Andrew Matthews rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

EDITORIAL REVIEW:


**A hilarious look at the races of the world—capturing the proud history and bright future of racism in one handy, authoritative, and deeply offensive volume**



Meet “C. H. Dalton,” a professor of racialist studies and a leading authority on inferior people of all ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual preferences. In the grand tradition of *The Protocols of the Elders of Zion* and *Birth of a Nation*, he is on a mission to clarify the truth about self-supremacy, drawin

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Reham Alrukhaimi
A Practical Guide to Racism is a 2007 humorous satirical book written by Sam Means. The book revolves entirely around stereotypes associated with different races: Blacks, Asians, Arabs and so on. In each chapter, the writer discusses one race and discuss the stereotypes associated with them in a funny way. The book is satire, so he presents his ideas in a comic, satirical way. If you are sensitive don’t read this book, because the language is offensive sometimes….it’s satire after all. The book ...more
Dario Ferrando
Sep 08, 2016 Dario Ferrando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far one of the funniest book I read this year. Assumed you can manage to take it with a bit of salt.
Holden Attradies
Oct 02, 2012 Holden Attradies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I laughed through almost every page of this book. It's so overly sarcastic that you would have to be pretty damn thick headed not to realize the author is poking major fun at bigots of all variates.

There was this one joke that was constant call back to a joke in the first chapter. It started out funny, than got old through repetition than got EVEN funnier by the end.

There was a lot of pretty funny topical and pop culture references that were already feeling a bit dated by my reading, which sadd
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M
Aug 06, 2013 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. It started out funny. But it soon got old fast. The same tripe repeated every chapter. Spinning the old racial stereotypes and wringing new material out of them. A few chuckles here and there and packed full of references to pop culture. The funniest parts may be the introduction and the first six (of seven) appendices. Each chapter is just blatant stereotypes turned on their head and used to make jabs at racists. It started strong but really sunk down after this first few chapters ...more
Charlie
Sep 14, 2014 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top
This book is genius!
It had me literally laughing out from the beginning and warranting odd stares from the normal people around me. I think it accidentally educated me too!

Note: The only reason I can't give it a full rating is that I didn't quite understand some of the material either because 1. I'm not clever enough, 2. didn't understand cultural references or 3. am too young to understand some references
Natasha Jackson
An original, laugh out loud, sarcastic collection of racial stereotypes. This tongue in cheek is not meant to offend but poke fun at ridiculous perceptions some people still have of the races. Not ideal to take out in public (some people thought I was actually learning how to be racist). Some of the humour was lost on me because of all sorts of Americanisms. Apart from that, a very appropriate gift from a friend taking into consideration my sense of humour.
Axelle
Mar 11, 2012 Axelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty funny. There were moments I literally laughed out loud with this book and had to read aloud to my fiancee what was so funny. It showed up in my Amazon "you might also like" list and that's where I bought it. I agree with some other reviews I've seen where it starts getting a little too ridiculous at the end, but the overall message to me is that all racism is extremely absurd. I think that's a good thing to take out of it.
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