New Rules by Bill Maher
Polite Musings from a Timid Observer

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Bill Maher is on the forefront of the new wave of comedians who have begun to influence and shape political debate through their comedy. He is best known not just for being funny, but for advocating truth over sensitivity and taking on the political establishment. Maher first came to national attention as the host of the hit TV program Politically Incorrect, where he offered a combustible mixture of irreverence and acerbic humor that helped him to garner a loyal following, as well as a reputation for being a controversial bad boy. Bill Maher's popular new HBO television show, Real Time, has put Maher more front and center than ever before. Particularly one regular segment on the show, entitled "New Rules," has been a hit with his ever-growing legion of fans. It is the part of the show during which Maher takes serious aim, bringing all of his intelligence, incisiveness, wit, and his signature exasperation to bear on topics ranging from cell phones ("I don't need my cell phone to take pictures or access the Internet. I just need it to make a phone call. From everywhere! Not just the places it likes!") to fast food ("No McDonald's in hospitals. I'm not kidding!) to the conservative agenda ("Stop claiming it's an agenda. It's not an agenda. It's a random collection of laws that your corporate donors paid you to pass.") His new book, the first since his bestselling When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden, brings these brilliantly conceived riffs and rants to the written page. Appropriately titled New Rules, the book will collect some of the best of the rules derived from previously written material and will also contain substantial new material, including some longer form "editorials"—of course with a twist and bite that only Bill Maher can deliver.

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BILL MAHER is one of the most politically astute humorists in America today. His unflinching honesty has garnered him 18 Emmy nominations--and the respect and admiration of millions of fans. His previous books include Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? and When You Ride ALONE You Ride with bin Laden, which was a New York Times bestseller.
Published September 5, 2006 by Rodale. 260 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Television has desensitized us to violence, and porn has desensitized us to people getting shot in the eye.” Though Maher’s perspective on celebrity culture, marijuana, masturbation and China will be familiar to fans, some of the longer (rarely longer than a page and a half), more ambitious piece...

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Luckily, the new rules keep coming and coming and Maher wisely avoids overly long tirades;

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New Rule… Stop calling it a “perfect storm” when two bad things happen at the same time.

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Few public personalities care less about what the public thinks of them than Bill Maher.

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Chicago Tribune

Chances are if you're watching HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" or reading one of his books, you're aware there's a good chance the political talk show host Bill Maher is going to offend you.

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In high school, it’s not the class president, the valedictorian, the star quarterback, cheerleader or prom queen, but the “smartass” who is the chronicler and cornerstone.

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Advertisement The best, smartest five minutes of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher are often the last five when Maher goes through the funny and pithy “New Rules,” commentaries on current events with an editorial-length “New Rule” to close.

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In a paroxysm of capitalist greed that feeds only on itself and has no discernable logic, rhyme or reason, the two political parties, thin proxies for the mean-spirited cynical and mindless ruling class, have abandoned the notion of a "common good" trading it in for more endless ideologically-bas...

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