Mean Dads for a Better America

  • by Tom Shillue
  • Narrated by Tom Shillue
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the stand-up comedian and popular host on the Fox News Network, a nostalgic look back at his childhood and the simple American values that shaped his worldview - a portrait of growing up in 1970s America.
As a comedian and conservative thinker, whip-smart funny Tom Shillue grounds his ideas about our current culture and political climate in stories from his childhood. Growing up as one of five kids in a devout Irish Catholic family in a small town outside of Boston, Tom sincerely believes that the rough-and-tumble, rules-dominated world in which he came of age was a better America - a time and place that made him into the well-adjusted, happy, successful man he is today.
In Mean Dads for a Better America, Tom reminisces about his childhood, his family, and the traditional values he cherishes. He takes us back to a time when neighbors disciplined each other's children without fear of being sued, when kids made it to the family table for dinner, when parents' rules were gospel, when the occasional fistfight was considered a fair way to solve a problem, and when children were free to roam, make mistakes, and experience the first tastes of independence.
On the Fox News Network, Tom debates, debunks, and entertains with his hilarious approach to issues of the day. Here, he brings that talent and wisdom to audio, tackling the issues that confound many Americans, like our hypersensitive culture and overzealous parenting. As Tom celebrates the stability of family life and the sanity of days gone by, he encourages us to hold on to our sense of humor and look back at our own lives as we work toward creating a better future for ourselves and our kids, all while making us laugh.

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Hilarious, warm, and insightful anecdotes on growing up

Some chapters are ridiculously hilarious. I was laughing so hard I was crying. Some chapters contain sentimental looks at growing up in the 70s. The book is filled with references so if you grew up around the same time, you'll know what he's hinting at.

The stories he tells all illustrate some valuable lessons he learned growing up, but the are not preachy. For the most part, sticks to the narrative and avoids drawing out lessons in a preachy way. A balanced look at integrating traditional values in modern times.

This book would be a fantastic gift for grads.
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- BoldlyAsserted

Tom Shillue is all kinds of awesome!

What did you love best about Mean Dads for a Better America?

I liked that Tom Shillue narrated it himself. I also liked that I could feel a connection to a lot of the story. I'm a child of the 70's also. A lot of the stuff he talked about was very familiar to me.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom Shillue. I've been a fan of his for awhile. Watched him when he was the host of Redeye With Tom Shillue on Fox News. Also like his comedy.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Shillue?

Yes, I would.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to, but I'm trying to make it last. I will probably listen to it again.


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- E. ONeil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio