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Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal

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Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal is a personal and political history told with acid humor and a loving heart. Barry Crimmins, a writer and commentator on Air America Radio, travels from a skeptical childhood in frozen upstate New York, through the founding of the Boston comedy scene, to a career as a satirist and activist. No villain is spared; no hero is forgotten. C ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2004)
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Glenn
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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“Never Shake Hands With a War Criminal,” besides being filled with the high level of “take-no-prisoners” humor one would expect from Barry Crimmins, is also a cri de coeur. (“NOUN: An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest.”) It is a wail against the center not holding, at our own lives being filled with ghosts, and the places we come from, the places that shaped, or mis-shaped us…disappearing. It is the voice of sanity, even as it is delivering unrelenting broadsides against those who wo ...more
Michael
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like many comedians the author has a very serious side which he blends well with his humor. It is a very political little book. It is a bit uneven but thought provoking.
Justin
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like Barry Crimmins (see Call Me Lucky) as a person.
However, this book is too one sided and bitter for me.
This is a tough thing for me to say as I agree with many of his points or at least his general outlook.
This felt like an angry preacher yelling at a choir, which is at best motivational and at worst a waste of time.
Cindy
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some things never change- sadly.
Will Finn
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Barry Crimmins hails from just down the road a mile of two from where i grew up in Auburn, NY. I had heard of him but could not recall seeing his comedy much - despite the fact he was one of the vanguard of the 1980's comedy boom, particulalry for east coast names. It would appear that his uncompromising progressive critique probably marginalized his career somewhat but he has stuck to his course all the same and is still a progressive firebrand even in his 60's. I learned all that when I watche ...more
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Barry Crimmins was an American stand-up comedian, political satirist, anti-pedophilia activist, author, Air America Radio writer and correspondent, and comedy club owner.