When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden

  • by Bill Maher
  • Narrated by Bill Maher
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"After September 11, when Bill Maher offended easily-offended people with a widely (and in many cases, deliberately) misunderstood remark, Ari Fleischer said that people need to watch what they say and do. In this very funny but ultimately serious, provocative but truly patriotic book, Bill prescribes what Americans can do to defend our nation. And please put this blurb as far away from Ann Coulter's as possible." - Al Franken"Bill Maher has inherited the mantle of Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift and he wears it with aplomb. If he were living in any other time or in one of many other countries he would truly be in danger of being put to death for his legendary ability to say the unthinkable and say it better (and before) anyone else. When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden is destined to be the most talked-about book of the year." - Larry King"Bill Maher rides alone daily but it is a hilarious, incisive trip. Maher versus bin Laden? Take Bill, give the points!" - Bill O'Reilly"Bill Maher has the courage to speak his mind - no matter what the consequences - something you can't say about most people these days. And he's damn funny! Now, more than ever, the country needs his outrage. Agree or disagree with him, there is no question that what he has written in this book should be front and center in the great national debate and I, for one, am thrilled that this cantankerous s.o.b. is still there doing battle for the republic we all love." - Michael Moore"Bill Maher loves America, hates conventional thinking, and, despite his curmudgeonly image, has a heart of gold. In the war on terrorism, we could use a little less tolerance and sensitivity and a little more manly anger. In this book, Bill leads the way hilariously." - Ann Coulter

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What the Critics Say

"Refreshing in an age dominated by irony and cynicism." (Publishers Weekly)

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Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated

I'm a big Maher fan but I found this book mostly a waste of time. Most of his rants he has done before and funnier -- this one is more "serious". However he wrote the book in 2002 and so much of the material is dated. Some of the rants in this book are off topic as well -- what does euthanasia have to do with terrorists?

He does bring up a lot of excellent points. If you need some enlightening as to the decline of Western civilization and the global effects of American gluttony, there are lots here. His wit is sharp as always.

However, while stating that American myopia and blissful ignorance about everything outside her borders infuriates the rest of the world (which it does), he promotes that kind of thinking in his own opinions. As Iraq has shown, the President is not the "leader of the free world" anymore, and the mighty American military can't beat any country in the world into submission simply by attacking it. No country can win a war against a determined population -- the Soviets found that out in Afghanistan. America found that out in Viet Nam. And America hasn't the greatest nation on Earth for 200 years, only for the last 50. Before WW2, America was still a struggling new nation.

He also neglected to mention the contributions other countries made in Afghanistan and even in WW2, continuing the trend of the American media to rewrite history. He also didn't mention that people of many countries lost their lives in 9/11, which made 9/11 an attack on everyone, not just America.

These kinds of hypocrisies disappointed me and detracted from my enjoyment of the book.
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- chris

Thought starter

Maher provides some thoughts worth considering, particularly about how we Americans should "frame" the situation in the Middle East - what fundamentally causes the issues that people concern themselves with, and sometimes cause bloodshed. My first encounter with Bill Maher, and I was impressed. Now I occasionally catch him on cable... -
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- chris m.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books