Thursday, July 03, 2008

Reading Matt Taibbi

A few weeks back I happened to turn on c-span and saw a tape of an interview with Matt Taibbi. He was talking about his new book, “The Great Derangement”. Immediately I liked the way this guy thought and spoke. So I was off to buy his book.

While at the bookstore I discovered that he had written a couple of previous books. One of these earlier books was available in paperback and sitting right there on the shelf. I grabbed it along with the book I went there to buy.

Just the title of the paperback book is enticing. Any book titled, “Smells Like Dead Elephants” gets my attention. I sure am glad it did. I began reading it and could not stop. Funny, serious, informative, this book (a collection of essays) has it all.

Now about, “The Great Derangement”. If you haven’t read it, let me tell you, it is worth the price just to read about how Matt Taibbi went undercover to join Rev. Hagee’s church in Texas. Do you want to laugh until you cry? Do you want to get the inside scoop on the type of people who join and attend that church seriously? Do you want to see the political world through Matt’s eyes? Read this book!

19 Comments:

Blogger Distributorcap said...

matt is often on the morning talk shows -- and he is great.

you just gave me the book i will take on vacation next week

July 03, 2008 2:02 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

sound like good reads, sounds like something hubby would read and sit and laugh at whilst I watch him in bewilderment.

July 03, 2008 4:56 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I just finished Joe Bageant's "Deer Hunting with Jesus" and I need something to follow and this sounds just perfect. I try and catch Matt's columns in Rolling Stone and I do enjoy his writing.

July 03, 2008 4:59 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i don't know that i do :) funny or not- those folks scare the beejebus out of me :) it's worth a look for a laugh though.

July 03, 2008 5:41 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

puzzling, as I am over the mindset of folks who join such churches, this sounds like a must-read.
thanx, PoP!

July 03, 2008 6:06 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

I am not in book buying mode, but I must get to the library today!

July 03, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

Me, too, Fran. I wonder if our little library will have his books. Lazy me, I just need to go online and look!

Thanks, PoP, for the recommendations.

July 03, 2008 8:33 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Oh great, more Christian bashing. When will you all stop persecuting this American minority?

July 03, 2008 8:53 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Sounds like a good read. I just discovered this thing called a "lieberry" by my place of work and I'm willing to bet they have a copy.

July 03, 2008 9:01 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Thanks for the recommendation, PoP. I'm reading Under the Banner of Heaven, about Mormons--scary shit, man. I'm sure this one is just as frightening.

July 03, 2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Oh, and I gave you an award! Please come by my impeachment bloggy.

July 03, 2008 9:47 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

looks like something that i would really, really like. thanks

July 03, 2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i just ordered this on your recommendation PoP. if it's as good as you say i'll run another give away contest.

July 03, 2008 5:34 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

thank you for the recommendation. So sad Molly Ivins isn't around anymore ... her journalism made me laugh until I cried. I read "Dear Hunting with Jesus" last year and wow was that a mind blow.

For a good cry: Nickled and Dimed. Oy.

I'm reading and hearing a lot of great journalism out there; Bill Moyers comes to mind. I hope their ideas and their investigations start to pay off some time. Maybe they already are and I'm just impatient.

July 04, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Westcoast Walker said...

Matt Taibbi has breathed some much needed life into Rolling Stone magazine the last few years. He's no Hunter S Thompson (who could be?) but I appreciate his wit, tenacity and desire to cut through the stale and lifeless approach of much of the MSM.

July 04, 2008 10:55 PM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I was familiar with him before but now I'll read his books for sure due to your endorsements.

July 06, 2008 1:21 PM  
Blogger annie said...

west coast walker is correct. rolling stone is only worth reading for matt's stuff, really. he was also enjoyable on bill maher now and then last season. a breath of fresh air amid so many blow hards.

July 06, 2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Sounds great! Will have to read both of them.

July 07, 2008 3:45 PM  
Blogger T&A said...

Will do!

July 14, 2008 10:38 AM  

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