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  • Mean Dads for a Better America

  • The Generous Rewards of an Old-Fashioned Childhood
  • By: Tom Shillue
  • Narrated by: Tom Shillue
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book!

  • By Sally Pixomatis on 08-23-17

Hilarious, warm, and insightful anecdotes on growing up

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Reviewed: 06-14-17

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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