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Publisher's Summary

You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

With subversive wit and intellectual honesty, Lewis examines the events of his life that shaped his anti-authoritarian point of view and developed his comedic perspective. Growing up in 1950s suburbia when father knew best and there was a sitcom to prove it, he began to regard authority with a jaundiced eye at an early age. And as that sentiment grew stronger with each passing year, so did his ability to hone in on the absurd.

True to form, he puts common sense above ideology and distills hilarious, biting commentary on all things politically and culturally relevant.

©2005 Lewis Black (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Humor

"No one is safe from Lewis Black's comic missiles." (New York Times)

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  • Robert
  • Brownstown, MI, USA
  • 01-23-06

Nothing's Sacred, except this book

A great book, especially if you enjoy Lewis Black's stand-up comedy. A few of his classic bits make their way into the chapters, but it flows quite seamlessly.
I was a little skeptical about this book, I wondered how much a comic could really have to say. Much to my surprise, there are many national/world issues, personal stories, and anecdotes to fill the pages.

In a few areas in this book, the author shows a very deep side of his personality that you wouldn't assume would ever see the light of day. Lewis talks about experiences with drugs, and the reasons they were so abundant in the time period. A main topic, one that reoccurs in a few chapters, is the Vietnam war and it's effect on the college student of the time.

I highly recommend this title, a very good book, from "cover" to "cover".

  • Overall

Good intentions tire with rants

I came into this one with fairly high expectations but an hour in, lost interest with Black's ranting. While he seems to want to impart wisdom into the book, there's precious little of it. It is fairly humorous if you can handle the tirades. You may like it more if you lived through the heyday of the sixties, but for this 30 year old, it sounded more like stories one of your bitter uncles would tell you on a long car ride, and not that much more interesting.

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  • Ryan
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 07-05-05

not for fans of his comedy, but good anyway

i am a lewis black fan and i found this to be a refreshing departure from his going nuts on stage. His sarcasm is still as present as ever, but its not as "in your face" as his stage act. You'll find quite a lot you didnt know about the man and how he got the way he is. don't get me wrong, its still funny, but not in the way his stage show is.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Nothing's Sacred

Though I have always been a fan of Lewis Black, this book was disappointing. It is marginally/occasionally funny, but often stupid, and boring to listen to. I do not recommend this book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joe G.
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 10-22-07

You have to love Lewis

I can only take so much of Lewis. This did not have me LOL. It was interesting, but not amusing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DaviT
  • Michigan
  • 12-01-07

Too Funny

Part autobiographical part stand up, this guy presents himself in such a self-depreciating way that it stays with you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful