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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

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“Howard Zinn on acid or some bullsh*t like that.” —Tim Heidecker

The creators of the cult-hit podcast Chapo Trap House deliver a manifesto for everyone who feels orphaned and alienated—politically, culturally, and economically—by the bloodless Wall Street centrism of the Democrats and the lizard-brained atavism of the right: there is a better way, the Chapo Way.

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Touchstone
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C. Varn
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than I was expecting given its marketing, but I am not the audience it is written for entirely.

I recently took umbrage at the seeming Sorrelian nature of the subtitle, but realized that it was a shot at Vox on one-hand and alt-light pseudo intellectualism on the other. The problem with this book is that it isn't for me: it is playing Dave Barry meets younger millennial post-4chan humor for baby leftists. It's critiques are often dead on but positive politics implied by authors--Sander's D
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: doldrums
As much as I love the podcast and what the Chapo team has done for political discourse in the last few years, this really isn't a good book. It's very disjointed and tonally all over the place. At times, it is wryly informative and clever. However, it leans on contemporary memes and internet speak and won't age well. The podcast forces a freshness to the humor that is lost in the book. The irreverence in the episodes is grounded in serious political thought. The book has lost that seriousness, a ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a word of this book yet, but if it’s anything like as sharp-witted and bullshit-free as the podcast, this will be required reading for 2018.
Chris Molnar
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The constant flow of ironic humor and astute socio-political analysis makes for a quick yet complex and informative read. I was astounded by how intuitively the prose was able to change register from utterly silly to near academic without confusing or losing the reader. There wasn't much, if any, overlap with preexisting podcast episodes, and although the "guide" format doesn't make sense if you think about it too hard, each section felt essential and true.

Split up topically, each part tackles
Aug 23, 2018 added it
Shelves: short-stories
I reviewed this book for Harper's Magazine.
Aaron Arnold
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
If you've listened to any of the podcast, you know exactly what to expect from the book: jokes, bile, leftism. Not all of it works, but of course you probably wouldn't be voluntarily reading this unless you were actually a fan of their acidic radicalism. But even a Democrat like me who's only listened to a few episodes would agree that much of their criticism of mainstream liberalism is inarguably correct: the Democratic Party sucks, no question. The show punches well above its weight class in t ...more
Matt Brady
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
buy the book
Peter Mcloughlin
Really irreverent, really funny, and totally on target. Summing up our age and how the modern hellscape we live in came about. Also, the depiction of the bestiary one finds of centrist libs and lizard brain right wingers are hilarious. Some of the memorable types on display are bow tie dipshit, Wine mom, reactionary oligarch. Excellent history of the degeneration of our politics with so many references that only people marinating in history and politics will get. Excellent book.

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David Dayen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The boys are back in this charming romp through American history, featuring aspiring actor Vinny Chase and his coterie of even less-talented hangers-on. Watch them sick-burn their way to legendary status, taking no prisoners and even getting into some japes and scrapes. As they "hug it out" on the path to political superstardom, you won't want to wait for the movie serialization and will start acting it out on your couch in between mouthfuls of fair-trade macadamia nuts. Come for the "hot or not ...more
Mikołaj Niedorezo
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
buy the book.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My copy of the book came in two weeks early! I spent the last two weeks slowly working my way through this book and was consistently entertained by the irreverent, on-the-pulse prose. Strong recommendation for any fan of the podcast!

The book is split into six main sections: World, Libs, Cons, Media, Culture, and Work, with some hilarious interludes like a kid-zone puzzle page spread, a Newsroom manga, and some fantastic art by Eli Valley. The prose really shines in the Libs, Cons, and Media chap
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
"The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A
Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason" (2018) probably the stupidest book ever written on socialism but also the funniest. I am not going to 'review', lol, just recommend. If you don't like the podcast then you'll probably not like book (but then you're also just a very horrible person with a very, very sad sense of humour).
Todd N
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isn’t a guide to revolution so much as collection of takes on the hellscape that is present day America. That might be enough to shock the reader into wondering why things are the way they are or even look into a local DSA chapter, or maybe they’ll just put it on their bookshelf next to the Onion collections.

This book is also the centrist Democrat’s worst fear: being attacked from the left.

I‘m a big fan the podcast so I’m clearly the target audience for the book. I even mispronounced some o
John  Mihelic
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My parents on their shelf when I was growing up that any number of Comedy books that were sitting around and I picked up some of them when I was older and I read them but the problem with these books when I picked up and read them was that they were really made for the moment. The one I remember the most was his book called “real men don't eat quiche” which was essentially this masculine Panic thing that must have happened sometime in the early 80s and was trying to redefine what men were women ...more
Justin Conder
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This blistering lefty comedy podcast did not make the move to book form gracefully. The same off-the-cuff scathing remarks and furious broadsides that generally work within the banter of the show come off as self-indulgent and irritating here. The medium isn't right, but it also exposes an overall lack of depth that was always there. Even when they poke at people, trends, and institutions that deserve strong criticism, one gets the urge to introduce more nuance into the Chapo Grotesquerie. (Exce ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Never listened to the podcast, so I'm only really familiar with the group by secondhand infamy, so I honestly don't know why I decided to give this a read. But I'm glad I did, because this is probably the most consistently funny book I've read all year - as grotesque and existentially horrifying as much of the subject matter is. The humor, of course, is very mean, very angry, and most likely very annoying for most people - but I dunno, I liked it a whole lot. Sue me.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The book isn't as uproariously funny as the Podcast, oftentimes feeling rushed and incomplete, but the $22 it cost me to get feels like an adequate tithe for over 75 hours of free content they give to their audience yearly.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Do you know those guys who read Howard Zinn and Loewen in High School and College, then wrote a blog about how the US was corrupt, how their history classes were bourgeoisie propaganda, and their parents were sell-outs? They got into podcasting.

The Chapo Guide to Revolution is about how messed up the world is, covering "the World", Libs, Cons (Conservatives), Media, and Work. It's a general overview of the world according to Chapo, where nobody* is safe (unless you are an country the US has fou
Alper Çuğun
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mental mind trip that does exactly what it promises on the tin. Bonus points for non-American readers who can separate fact from fiction in this merry romp through politics, culture and media.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Basically what you’d get if Dave Barry got radicalized.
This is exactly what you'd expect. Hilarious, smart, cynical, and ultimately hopeful.

Update: This book, as funny as it is, is so dense and so flush with irony that I decided to relisten to it to see if I got more out of it the second time. The chapter on the "libs" is very useful, especially in its descriptions of Clinton and Obama's presidencies. The chapter about the soul-sucking nature of work is also very enlightening for people who want an easy-to-understand explanation for why capitalism i
The Chapo Guide to Revolution is strongest when focused on politics [Chapter 2, “Libs”; Chapter 3, “Cons”] and work [Chapter 6, “Work”]. I found the chapters on the media and culture weak.

Some of the more insightful (I thought) parts of the book follow:

LIBERALISM: “Truth is, the downfall of the liberal era was contained in its original triumph, the New Deal. That was a massive reshaping of government in response to outcry from the masses, a groundswell of popular rage over the failures of capita
Melanie  Hilliard
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's get this out of the way, I absolutely agree with their premise and feel that burning capitalism to the ground seems like the best alternative.

I'm all for educating folk via podcasts, comedy, funny memes, etc. but my beef with this book is that there is no course of recommended action. As we see the vast majority of this country slide into the low-paid service industry, what can we do? I maintain that voting is not enough and at the end of the day, while complaining is great for getting it
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 21st-century, amerika
I decided to read this because I listen to the podcast semi-regularly, but I’m a little confused by what its target audience is. I’m not American and consider what I listen to on commutes to be essentially my own business, so maybe I’m not fully aware of the ‘social phenomenon’ of the Chapo podcast that prompted this book.

It certainly isn’t intended for casual - or even serious - listeners of the podcast, as it is essentially a retread of their broad themes and humour, but it seems far too self
Tadas Talaikis
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1. Subcontracting - a simple process on establishing and keeping The Imperial power through civilian population killing and setting dictators ("our kinda guys").


And there are more points I wanted to write here, but sadly I hand't time to write. I liked this book, another piece for the case of reality. Probably many people are born into some magic world, which was created with American movies, media and other similar simulacrums, and then some start to dig (out of from doing nothing*) deeper a
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chapo Trap House is a podcast my husband follows; otherwise I doubt I’d be aware of it. Chapo appeals to the everyday person who has been left behind by both the Republican and Democratic parties…as the right-wing gets more extreme and insane, the left just keeps capitulating. It’s not hard to figure out why this is…they use the words of cooperation and compromise, but Democrats get nice kick-backs from the corporate donors just as the Republicans do, and they don’t want to lose that cozy existe ...more
Colly J
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A funny and incisive critique of American politics and why socialism is the only viable alternative to the current system. The later chapters on media, culture and work are also quite relevant to the world beyond the US, because of globalization and all. If you are in search of the correct mindset to succeed in today’s economy, look no further.
Brendan O'keefe
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book articulates the correct perspective on American politics 😋. Now I wish there was a version that wasn't so thick with sarcasm, inside jokes and heavy dude vibe (where was Amber?) for normal people to read.
Joe Bush
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The section about Picasso’s Guernica is legitimately the hardest I’ve laughed at a book in a long time. Also grateful that Virgil got a GameMasterAnthony namedrop in there
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