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Of Thee I Zing

2011 nonfiction book by Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo

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I can think of a hundred better ways to spend your time and money.

  • Aug 5, 2011
Several years ago I received copy of a book by the conservative commentator and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham as a birthday gift. Now I really like Laura and the things she stands for but I must confess I was totally underwhelmed by that book. I cannot even remember the title. I was not at all impressed by her writing and as I recall I did not even bother to finish that book. Fast forward five years. Once again I have received a copy of a Laura Ingraham book as a birthday gift. This time it is her latest effort "Of The I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots". I made every effort to feign appreciation and vowed to myself that out of courtesy I would read the book. I got as far as page 176 before throwing in the towel. As far as I am concerned books like these are a colossal waste of time.

In "Of Thee I Zing" Laura Ingraham surveys the cultural landscape and offers up quips and rants on literally hundreds of issues. Now mind you I probably agree with Laura's observations at least 90% of the time as we are on the same page politically. But my biggest problem with these kinds of books is that I literally learn nothing. I am a voracious reader who devours about one nonfiction book per week. There are so many fascinating topics to learn about and so little time. I really don't care what Laura Ingraham, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand or any other celebrity or media figure thinks about this stuff. I have been sucked into these kinds of books before and I always wind up kicking myself for wasting my time and money. So while I do appreciate my gift I like to think that I would never have bought "Off Thee I Sing" on my own.

If you are of the conservative persuasion then you might be someone who would enjoy "Of The I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots". Surely Laura Ingraham does manage to make a number of very salient points along the way and some of her remarks and wisecracks are mildly amusing. But as I have made quite clear this is just not my cup of tea. With America drowning in a sea of red ink and our culture going to hell in a handbasket there are much more worthwhile books out there for you to consider. Definitely not recommended!

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While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?”

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and “experts” prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth is: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony . . . can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!?

Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided ...

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ISBN-10: 1451642040
ISBN-13: 978-1451642049
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Date Published: July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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