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Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Audiobook4 hours

Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

Written by Dave Barry

Narrated by Dick Hill

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Understanding the urgent need for a deeply thoughtful, balanced book to explain our national political process, Dave Barry has not even come close. Though he himself has covered many campaigns, run for president several times, and run for cover at the rainy inauguration of George W. Bush (the man will spare nothing for his art), Barry has instead outdone himself.

Below the Beltway includes Barry's stirring account of how the United States was born, including his version of a properly written Declaration (When in the course of human events it behooves us, the people, not to ask 'What can our country do for us, anyway?' but rather whether we have anything to fear except fear itself) and a revised Constitution (Section II: The House of Representatives shall be composed of people who own at least two dark suits and have not been indicted recently).

Dave also cracks the income-tax code and explains the growth(s) of government, congressional hearing difficulties, and the persistent rumors of the influence of capital in the Capitol. Among other civic contributions, his tour of Washington D.C. should end school class trips forever.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMay 16, 2017
ISBN9781543611137
Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Author

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns Forty, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Right up there with Wodehouse as a guaranteed mood lifter. Do not read with food; you might asphyxiate in a fit of hysteria. And bear in mind that "piracy on the low seas is ok" in the Barry Constitution. . .oh, that did it. I can't. . .
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Although I am normally a big fan of Dave Barry, his style doesn't quite do it for me in this book. I enjoyed the chapter on south Florida, but the rest of it lacks specifics, seems too easy, and falls flat.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Right up there with Wodehouse as a guaranteed mood lifter. Do not read with food; you might asphyxiate in a fit of hysteria. And bear in mind that "piracy on the low seas is ok" in the Barry Constitution. . .oh, that did it. I can't. . .
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Dave Barry does it again! A great look at the humor of politics.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Barry is silly as ever in this send-up of American politics, but his running gags fall a bit flat and his long section on South Florida politics is off the mark.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    It was a nice break to the now political atmosphere.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    This is a snarky book about a whole cloud of things. It starts with the United States government, but it meanders from there into U.S. History, Florida, and concludes with a recounting of the drama surrounding the 2000 election. At no point is this book serious. It's basically just a serious of comedic observation organized around a central theme.