Why We Don't Suck
From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense.Denis Leary refutes the current highly partisan Right Wing Nutjob versus Left Wing Snowflake approach to American politics—where you’re either one or the other, with no gray areas in between. Leading a new protest movement called Gray Lives Matter, he takes equal opportunity aim at the screaming heads we see arguing every night on CNN (the Clinton News Network) and Fox’s Fair and Balanced Republican Report. With a devoted mission to Make America Laugh Again, Denis tackles the topics we all hold close to our American hearts: Twitter, Instagram, and the seemingly endless search for fame and diet vodka. In a country so gluten-free that a box of jelly donuts is now a bigger threat than Vladimir Fucking Putin—where college kids are more afraid of Ann Coulter than HIV—it’s time for someone to stand up and stop the insanity. Or at least defend the double cheeseburger. With a side order of free porn. Denis is that guy. He'll answer such burning questions as: when will Hillary run out of pantsuits? And why wasn't her campaign motto Hey America—It's My Fucking Turn! As Denis says in the book "Trump's election gave me faith that even I could be president. Look at his track record: canceled TV show, thin skin, angry tweets and an attractive wife. According to that formula, I'm one bad combover away from living in The White House." We're all in this together and Denis Leary is here to remind us what makes America #7 on the list of Best Countries To Live In—which may sound bad, but means at least we still make the playoffs.

Why We Don't Suck Details

TitleWhy We Don't Suck
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherCrown Archetype
ISBN-139781524762735
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Humor

Why We Don't Suck Review

  • Gary Moreau
    January 1, 1970
    Put on your cynical hat and you’re likely to laugh until you cry. If you’ve been following the American political and cultural wars, however, you’re likely to go straight to tears. For everyone else, which isn’t likely to be enough people to make a crowd, there will at least be some laughs.I had never heard of Dr. Leary before reading this book although that’s certainly more a reflection on me than him. I was merely looking for a light and jaunty read after plowing through a good deal of the ube Put on your cynical hat and you’re likely to laugh until you cry. If you’ve been following the American political and cultural wars, however, you’re likely to go straight to tears. For everyone else, which isn’t likely to be enough people to make a crowd, there will at least be some laughs.I had never heard of Dr. Leary before reading this book although that’s certainly more a reflection on me than him. I was merely looking for a light and jaunty read after plowing through a good deal of the uber-serious books published recently. And he certainly made me laugh. Enough to prompt my wife, to put some dimension on it, who was downstairs at the time, to wonder what was going on.I am of Dr. Leary’s generation, which definitely helps. I am not as familiar with pop and political culture as he is, however, so more than a few of the references were completely lost on me. Most everyone who reads this book will suspect that Leary is of the opposite political camp, but we tend to do that with everyone we meet for the first time these days.His politics, overall, are what I would call “cynical Northeastern boomer.” If you tick those three boxes, which I do, for the most part, you’re likely to be more like him than not. I too have hunted and owned a gun before, but see no reason for anyone to buy an automatic assault rifle. Life is always a slippery slope and that is no argument not to do things that make so much obvious sense. (e.g., Restricting the right to own guns designed only for human hunting.)I don’t share all of Leary’s political positions, to be sure. But that’s okay. My parents, like his, taught me that just because we don’t agree on everything doesn’t automatically make you a bad person.There is a lot of cussing. But for those of us who remember Lenny Bruce, Leary is pretty tame. (He acknowledges that he was schooled by nuns and the influence shows.) I don’t swear very often but only because I find the vocabulary to be too complicated due to its ever-changing standards. Leary actually shares some pretty interesting/funny research on this in the book. (And I was right; I’ve never heard at least one of the more popular swear words.)Leary is definitely an equal opportunity critic. Partisans on both sides of the aisle will find plenty not to like. He skewers both Trump and Clinton, although that obviously doesn’t take the literary skills of a Dostoevsky or Shakespeare.You aren’t likely to change the world after reading this book. You are sure to get a moment of respite from it, however. And that short hiatus may just give you the energy to get up and do something. The field is wide open. Your leadership is there for the taking. You’ll have to do it in 150 characters or less, and it will help if you know one of the Kardashians, but the trail is already there; you won’t have to blaze new ground.
    more
  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Dennis Leery since his MTV days, loved Rescue Me and have listened to other books by him. What makes the audio books so much better is that he narrates them, so you get the full experience.I often found myself laughing while listening, my co-workers giving me strange looks. I liked Dennis’s views on politics, bagging on both parties and the system itself, loved the tweets from historical figures. Even Hollywood and Dennis’s own fame didn’t escape. I find it funny that Dennis I have been a fan of Dennis Leery since his MTV days, loved Rescue Me and have listened to other books by him. What makes the audio books so much better is that he narrates them, so you get the full experience.I often found myself laughing while listening, my co-workers giving me strange looks. I liked Dennis’s views on politics, bagging on both parties and the system itself, loved the tweets from historical figures. Even Hollywood and Dennis’s own fame didn’t escape. I find it funny that Dennis has been taken for other celebrities and he just rolls with it. Even as he ranted a bit about Millennials, he pointed out so many good things they are doing and how they are the future of the country.
    more
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    January 1, 1970
    It started promisingly, but I feel like Leary lost the thread somewhere in the middle and it became more of a typical name-droppy celebrity tome.
  • Vickie T
    January 1, 1970
    Funny stuff. Leary skewers right and left, old and young.
Write a review