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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.
©2017 Tom Shillue (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sally Pixomatis on 08-23-17

Fabulous book!

Truely enjoyed this book. My sister recommended it. I LOVE how it took me back to my upbringing!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By BoldlyAsserted on 06-14-17

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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