Book Reviews


 

Spanking the Donkey

by Matt Taibbi

Review by LouV

 

August, 2005 -- Matt Taibbi has written his first book, “Spanking the Donkey”, and it’s just been released. It offers his inside look at last year’s presidential election, as he followed the Dean and Kerry tours as a journalist. Taibbi never fails to make me laugh, and he’s a real good observer. He calls himself a professional misanthrope; he leans left but shoots at the left and right with equal vigor. If you voted for Bush or if you voted for Kerry or if you voted for Dean, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book. I bet you will laugh and be morbidly drawn to the details and behind-the-scenes observations and sometimes off-the-wall antics of Taibbi (who donned a gorilla suit while on the Kerry trail, and spied as a republican vote counter in the Florida primaries, but that’s besides the point and not the essence of this book). 

"If you voted for Bush or if you voted for Kerry or if you voted for Dean, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book. I bet you will laugh and be morbidly drawn to the details and behind-the-scenes observations and sometimes off-the-wall antics of Taibbi."

 

This book strings together elongated versions of columns that he wrote for the NY Press and Rolling Stone while on the tour. In essence, his diary. So you can jump into it at any point and have a good time – you don’t have to read it cover to cover. 

If you liked Hunter Thompson, you might like Matt Taibbi. If you like the Red Sox, you might like Matt Taibbi. If you like the Yankees, you might like Matt Taibbi.

Here’s his own review of his book:

http://www.nypress.com/18/15/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

Unfortunately, this book is apparently not available at Amazon until its official release date of May1, but you can find it in certain Barnes and Noble bookstores who have pre-released it by accident.

This has been a paid political announcement. A heads’ up. Because I know some of you people are political. And like a good laugh.

-- LouV