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

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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)
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"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
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
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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
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
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
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.
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
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 Jane Smith
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!
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.
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
Keith's voice is clearly heard throughout this book. It includes the dramatic "My father asked me to kill him" commentary.
Just received my copy through Goodreads, and I am looking forward to posting a review soon!
Heaven Shaffer
Wildly informative
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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.
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