The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals by Jenny Shank

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Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to document our nation's long history of freedom, partisanship, and dancers on roller skates pretending to be choo choo trains.
To celebrate this grand union of entrenched bureaucracy and song, the patriots at McSweeney's Internet Tendency (“The Iowa Caucus of humor websites”) offer this riotous collection (peacefully assembled!) of monologues, charts, scripts, lists, diatribes, AND musicals written by the noted fake-musical lyricist, Ben Greenman. On the agenda are . . . 
Fragments from PALIN! THE MUSICAL
Barack Obama’s Undersold 2012 Campaign Slogans
Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Financial Crisis
Your Attempts to Legislate Hunting Man for Sport Reek of Class Warfare
A 1980s Teen Sex Comedy Becomes Politically Uncomfortable
Donald Rumsfeld Memoir Chapter Title Or German Heavy Metal Song?
Noises Political Pundits Would Make If They Were Wild Animals and Not Political Pundits
Ron Paul Gives a Guided Tour of His Navajo Art Collection
Classic Nursery Rhymes, Updated and Revamped for the Recession, As Told to Me By My Father
And much more!

About Jenny Shank

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McSweeney's is a publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as running the daily humor website McSweeney's Internet Tendency, McSweeney's publishes McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the Believer, Lucky Peach, Wholphin, Grantland Quarterly, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints.
Published June 26, 2012 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nick Owchar on Jul 22 2012

This reviewer's favorites include Susan Schorn's hilarious channeling of Laura Ingalls Wilder in "Little Housing Crisis on the Prairie."...

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Reviewed by Zara Raab on Oct 12 2012

Here, just for laughs, are chick celebrities, Eyewitness News anchors, feminists, weathermen, missionaries, voters, the Religious Right, as well as favorite shibboleths like recycling, global warming, and peace negotiations.

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Reviewed by Brian Lynch on Jul 05 2012

Laugh, cry, or try both at the same time.

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Reviewed by Neda Semnani on Aug 01 2012

The pieces collected in...might be gleaned from some of the funniest writers and one of the funniest sites on the Internet, but this work does not always succeed in a more permanent book form

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Creative Loafing

Reviewed by John Grooms on Sep 11 2012 edgy and hilarious new collection of scripts, diatribes, monologues, charts and, yes, musicals that skewer our political culture.

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