Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans” as Want to Read:
Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An irresistible new collection from the New York Times bestselling author and host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith OlbermannIn his particular wit and style, Keith Olbermann skewers politicians, celebrities, and people behaving badly every weeknight on MSNBC's increasingly popular Countdown with Keith Olbermann. This book starts right after President Obama's election and co ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Wiley (first published September 23rd 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pitchforks and Torches, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pitchforks and Torches

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 401)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 06, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
"Pitchforks and Torches" is an outstanding compendium of Olbermann's "Worst Persons in the World," "Quick Comments" and "Special Comments." An articulate rendering of the unfortunate facts behind the Right Wing's rise to power and their constituency, this book is brilliant. Unfortunately, as is the case with most such books, those who are in most need of the information therein are unlikely to be the ones who read it.

Olbermann takes on both the ultra-right and the ultra-left with his commentarie
Jun 17, 2016 Doug rated it did not like it
These are the screeds Olbermann would deliver on his MSNBC show before he got fired. They were funny and topical when you heard them on the show with his outraged voice inflection and visuals in the background. In written form, they are boring and now out of date. (The latest was April 14, 2010). Maybe bathroom reading? Thank God I picked up this book for 25¢ at a used book sale. I should have looked inside and let it go for scrap. I should say, I loved his show and am a proud left-wing unionist ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Sheldon rated it liked it
I need to clarify my three-star rating. This book is simply a collection of the "Still Bushed," "Worst Persons," "Quick Comments," and "Special Comments" from Countdown on MSNBC for the year and a half following the 2008 election. If you are a regular watcher of this show, this book will be more a trip down memory lane rather than anything new. It can still be an interesting read, but ultimately it was just a rehash of what I had already watched before. Hence the three-star rating. This is proba ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Sherri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 20, 2011 Kathleen rated it liked it
I enjoyed this collection of segments from Countdown because Olbermann is unquestionably eloquent, passionate, and intelligent. Since his views correspond well with my own, reviewing them on paper is an excellent way to improve my own expressions later. Yes, we all tortured people and we all need to take responsibility for that because this is a representative democracy. Yes, the assassination of George Tillman was perpetrated by a man looking for violence and using a philosophy to excuse it as ...more
Larry Zieminski
Dec 29, 2010 Larry Zieminski rated it really liked it
This collection of Olbermann's Worst Person in the World Segments and Special Comments covers most of the period between 2009 and 2010. The thing that really stands out in this book is how well written and structured his Special Comments tend to be. These aren't mindless rants that tend to fill the airwaves...these are spoken editorials that he clearly took the time to craft into something special.

I found this book went down best by reading it a little bit at a can be overwhelming if y
Jan 30, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
I'm fan of the guy. However, I became annoyed with the back and forth him and Bill O'Riley get into. Even on the air and in this book. I remember seeing some of these segments on his show. It brought back those times when I was angry, when I laughed and when I teared up during his health care debate comments. Relating the current state, to his own situation with his sick father in the hospital. I always enjoyed the calling out of politicians and not still surprised on what they actually said abo ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Bridget rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. But that's because I'm a Keith olbermann fan. When I was explaining this to one of my friends they gave me raised eyebrows. And I understand a collection of his segments that I already watched on tv doesn't sound like a great book idea. But there is just something about olbermann especially when talking about his late father and his trials through the health care system that just move you to pieces. Not for everyone but a good read all the same.
Jan 23, 2011 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
If you like Olbermann's show, then you might like this. It's a series of the editorials from his program. They're all very well written, but they can be overwhelming if you read them all at once. Plus, if you've seen the segment on the show, you might not want to read what you've already heard. There are no new essays included.
Lora Mays
Mar 23, 2011 Lora Mays rated it really liked it
This was interesting and entertaining. I was a Goodreads giveaway winner which is why I decided to read this book. Love the idea of the "worst person in the world" and enjoyed reading his viewpoints.
Sarah Hayes
Nov 12, 2010 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics-history
Another stellar volume by Mister Olbermann, including some monumental Special Comments on such topics as Prop 8 and gay marriage. I hope he brings back the Worst Persons segment soon!
Jun 13, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok
This is nothing but scripts from Countdown. They were fine on TV, but it's a brazen thing to package them in a book and sell it as if it's something new.
Nov 12, 2010 Mlg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you watch Olbermann's show, this book is a bit of a disappointment. It's nothing but outdated
"Worst Persons" and "Special Comments".
Charles Pearce
Jul 31, 2012 Charles Pearce rated it really liked it
Keith's voice is clearly heard throughout this book. It includes the dramatic "My father asked me to kill him" commentary.
Jun 04, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Just received my copy through Goodreads, and I am looking forward to posting a review soon!
Heaven Shaffer
Oct 04, 2012 Heaven Shaffer rated it it was amazing
Wildly informative
FieryJack marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2016
Faye marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2016
Mary Pyles
Mary Pyles rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2016
Cliff Ashpaugh
Cliff Ashpaugh marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2016
Peter marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2016
Ben Reese
Ben Reese marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2016
Amanda marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2016
Haselrig rated it really liked it
Aug 06, 2016
Paola Hernandez
Paola Hernandez marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2016
Elaine M. Hiatt
Elaine M. Hiatt rated it it was amazing
Jul 30, 2016
Bonnie marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2016
Scott Austin
Scott Austin rated it liked it
Jul 16, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics
  • Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America
  • F.U.B.A.R.: America's Right-Wing Nightmare
  • Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior Into a Raging Homosexual
  • The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
  • Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier
  • Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party
  • How to Win a Fight with a Conservative
  • Over the Cliff: How Obama's Election Drove the American Right Insane
  • Does Anybody Have a Problem With That? The Best of Politically Incorrect
  • Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party
  • All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge
  • Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
  • Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future
  • The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President---and Who Is Behind Them
  • Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse
  • The Republican War on Science
Keith Olbermann is an American news anchor, commentator, and radio sportscaster. He currently hosts Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, an hour-long nightly newscast of five selected stories with commentary by Olbermann and guests. Starting with the 2007 NFL season, Olbermann also serves as co-host of NBC's Football Night in America with Bob Costas.
More about Keith Olbermann...

Share This Book