Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

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With its bemused take on who we are, “Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots” may remind you of Andy Rooney, only funny.
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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 tour through ten levels of our cultural hell.

You know we’re in trouble when . . .

• Airplane seats shrink—just as the passengers expand.

• Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).

• People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout.

• “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday.

• The weddings last longer than the marriages.

• Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form.

Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.
 

About Laura Ingraham

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Laura Ingraham is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Diaries and Power to the People, the most listened-to woman in political talk radio as host of her own nationally syndicated radio program, a Fox News contributor, and permanent substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor. A former Supreme Court law clerk and white-collar criminal defense litigator, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her two children.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Threshold Editions. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Kuhner on Nov 02 2011

Ms. Ingraham shows there are still some who refuse to surrender to this growing moral darkness...Living in the United States of Entertainment is not much fun after all.

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National Review Online

Excellent
on Jul 12 2011

There are zings about fads and bad habits, about popular culture and pulpit nonsense, about the profound and the mundane — all of them served up with a light-hearted, comic, or humble twist.

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Greenwich Patch

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on Sep 09 2011

Ingraham gives a grand romp through much that is awful in 21st century America, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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New York Post

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Reviewed by Kyle Smith on Jul 10 2011

With its bemused take on who we are, “Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots” may remind you of Andy Rooney, only funny.

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