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I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous

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With biting wit and amusing personal anecdotes Harry Stein's I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican chronicles the every day survival of those plucky conservatives marooned in liberal bastions that loathe them, from Manhattan to Hollywood-and even deep bleu France. The result is a conservative's guide to love, work, dinner party mischief and staying un-smeared in ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Encounter Books
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Bojan Tunguz
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a god-send for all conservatives who find themselves living or working in a predominantly liberal environment - Manhattan, San Francisco, academia, journalism, social work, or a myriad other professions or locations where you have to learn how to hid your conservative political outlook. To those of us who are stuck in such places, the stories and anecdotes narrated in this book sound all too familiar, but we are grateful that someone has actually written a book about it. This gives ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
I enjoyed this book. For any of you who read Mr. Stein's first book (How I joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (and found inner peace)) this is sort of a follow up. He relates here how in his first "missive" he assumed that his former friends on the political left would read his reasons for a political shift and even if they did not agree would understand. This is the account of reality setting in...that didn't happen. The title is based on a reaction he got at a dinner party from the person s ...more
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My brother is a die-hard Conservative, verging towards Libertarian. I am politically agnostic, but I spent my adolescence in the San Francisco Bay Area, my youth in Manhattan, and am currently living in LA working towards a career in the academic study of the liberal arts. On the one hand the dogmatism of my brother's approach is undeniably off-putting in many respects, but the assumptions, intolerance and bigotry which undergird the firmly "Left" areas have proven shocking to me time and time a ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
In my opinion Stein is guilty of the same crimes he accuses liberals of committing. He claims liberals don't listen, are unwilling to consider other opinions and that liberals blindly follow. Well Mr. Stein, I am a liberal who listens to conservative talk radio nearly every day, who read your book, and who tries to understand where you're coming from. In the same way you cannot understand me, I cannot understand you. That doesn't make me a blind follower or you a right-wing nut job, it just mean ...more
Jo Vandewall
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having spent 20 years in Seattle, I've lived in the liberal-centric environment Stein describes in this book where conservatives are belittled, told they're either stupid or hateful (and that's from their liberal friends). I got vocal, often in public places, but I would never have put a conservative bumper sticker on my car, because libs are more than willing to "punish" you anonymously. This book goes into all of that and more. If you live in one of the lib hotbeds, I recommend it to help you ...more
Ben Mokaya
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will change your attitudes about conservatives, at least it did for me
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
I found this book to be a fascinating read. While I agree with some of what the author says, I can also see how the same woes would plague a left leaning individual in a predominantly right state. Overall, what this book proves to me is something that I have felt for years; that people need to stop being so close minded and make efforts towards dialogue because it is only by having conversations with people who have a completely different worldview than us that we truly grow as people.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Given the state of current political discourse, this book from a few years back seems quaint now. Funny in places, a bit over the top in others, but some good anecdotes. Would give it another star, but could have made the book a bit shorter.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I am the guy the book is aimed at (a Conservative that is an active member of a teacher's union) and I found it only okay...

To give you an idea about how serious of a conservative I am, my bookmark was a copy of Imprimis (Hillsdale College's free newsletter featuring excerpts from speeches by conservatives). I picked I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous up sight unseen figuring it wo
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: libertarians and conservatives
Recommended to karl by: my daughter Erica
Harry Stein (perhaps about 60) claims he converted from being a liberal at Berkley to being a lonely conservative on the Upper West Side of NY. I found parts of it not only funny, but also written by someone with a lot of wisdom. Just the jacket cover gives you a sense of the contents: "A survival guide for conservatives marooned among the angry, smug,and terminally self-righteous." One of the better parts was where he laid out some of the liberal set of nearly unquestioned beliefs such as taxin ...more
Jeff Raymond
This was a book of short little anecdotes from a conservative who lives in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin. It really did capture the essence of being a conservative amongst a bunch of liberals in a lot of places and ways, so I appreciated the "you are not alone"-style feeling that it gave me, but it also did irritate me a bit in places, too. I think that's going to be the standard for political books for the next few years, sadly. ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Pro: It's true. Utterly true. The author does not even mention things like the subway advertisements for Manhattan Storage, which make it clear that only good radic-lib Democrats are welcome customers.

Con: As another reviewer notes, this is more like a collection of vignettes than a book. It does not have a beginning, middle and end. Rather, it reads like it was pasted together from a number of separate pieces.
Arwen Bicknell
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it, but it suffers a bit in that conservatives are already quite familiar with most of what he describes and liberals (assuming any were to read it in the first place) either won't care or will be insulted. ...more
Rose Ann
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Helpful and humorous!
Doug Hauser
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A great and funny read. Very dry sense of humor that uncovers the liberal for whom they are.
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Not so much a survival guide as a collection of anecdotes. Still entertaining and informative.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The library had a selection of political books on display before the election. I picked this up because it looked funny. While it is indeed funny at times, it's also very insightful. ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
so true
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very witty and insightful
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