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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics | [Dan Savage]

American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.
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Publisher's Summary

On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.

Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project - his book of the same name was a New York Times best seller - his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he's written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian, Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.

Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

©2013 Dan Savage (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Christina United States 10-07-13
    Christina United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Learn what Dan thinks about ______"

    Fans of Dan Savage probably already know his opinion on a far range of subjects, as he is not one to hide his opinion. But this books details his opinion with nuance and details on not always provided to him in shorter formats.

    Dan's book has some interesting anecdotes and stories, but it is more of an editorial than a biography. His views are thoughtful, and his tone is engaging. The book is a fun listen with Dan's original wit, humor and irreverence that people both love and hate him for.

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    Katie CANTON, NY, United States 10-02-13
    Katie CANTON, NY, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a great summary of Savage's recent work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd push this book on anyone who is not familiar with Dan Savage's writing-- but who should be! If you're a regular reader/ listener of his column/ podcast, well, it's a fine summary of his writings/ rantings over the past 5-10 years, and totally worth a listen for a (relatively) concise summary of his more poignant points, and astute perspectives.


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    joe poncha springs,, CO, United States 09-29-13
    joe poncha springs,, CO, United States 09-29-13
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    "Real Men write books."
    If you could sum up American Savage in three words, what would they be?

    Strong, honest, and illuminating. Because this book is all three.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book makes me a fan of Dan Savage, who I've read in passing. This man is honest and has a wonderful view of the BIG picture.


    What does Dan Savage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Author brings himself to the offering.


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

    I portioned this out.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a snapshot of humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hg7607a washington, DC 09-24-13
    hg7607a washington, DC 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"
    Where does American Savage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful listen! Savage's witty style never lets you down.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the essay "Rick and Me"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pagesix Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13
    pagesix Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "when does a rant become a screed?"
    Any additional comments?

    As one who agrees with almost every point Savage makes in his essays, he reads too fast , too loud. Some of his bitchy asides leave a harsh and nasty aftertaste. In print, the essays probably seem more moderate. But then, Savage wants to be anything but moderate. Okay, okay, I get it. Embrace change. Move forward. Let me out of here.

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    Stephen Minami Awaji Shii, Japan 06-15-13
    Stephen Minami Awaji Shii, Japan 06-15-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Engaging"
    If you could sum up American Savage in three words, what would they be?

    A regular person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan's story of his mother.


    What about Dan Savage’s performance did you like?

    Usually authors are not the best person to read their books but Dan hits it out of the ballpark.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that makes you really try to treat each person with more humanity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 07-16-13
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent narration, good writing, but ..."

    ... most of the subject matter were MSNBC TV rewrites (Rachel Maddow and company). The best part by far was about his mother and the next best about his relationship with his husband. The worst was the advice given to straight couples about this or that, who cares! I'll say one thing, the man can narrate and yes, write. Try your hand at a gay romance novel Dan ... oh, I forgot, you barely like to write. Oh well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Tampa, FL, United States 06-16-13
    Mary Tampa, FL, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Essays with humor"

    Regular listeners of Dan Savage's podcast, or readers of his column or twitter feed will not be surprised by anything they hear in this book. But what they will find is a deeper version of his favorite rants. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I found that the arguments presented are so much fuel for those of us who agree with Savage about the LGBT rights movement, birth control access, and healthcare in this country. He also sets the record straight on a couple of items, including the santorum definition and its origins that newer readers may not know. And for regular listeners to the podcast, the fact that Dan reads it himself is an added bonus.

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    K. LaSala NJ 07-06-14
    K. LaSala NJ 07-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and moving"

    Loved this book. It was full of really touching stories, struggles and experiences of Dan's life and it is read perfectly. It's not going to convert anyone to his side of things so I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't like-minded but it sure made me laugh and cry and I even came away with some relationship tips for my own life.

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    András 06-14-14
    András 06-14-14
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    "My first 5-star to any book - this one deserves it"
    What did you love best about American Savage?

    As someone who doesn't necessarily share all of Mr Savage's views, this book had me question many of my beliefs, and gave me great ammunition for future debates with friends. While many of the points he raises are defensive and come as a rebuttal to an assumed "Republican" or "Christian" attack, you can hardly help but agree and enjoy the entertainment value of this book.


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