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America 51: A Probe into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside 'The Greatest Country in the World' (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 8 ago 2017
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"With America 51, Taylor maintains his lazer-like focus on our cultural foibles...As someone who has clearly put a lot of time and effort into thinking about what it means to be an American in 2017, versus just clicking on clickbait and then ranting about it to his Facebook followers, he's earned the right to do so in a very public forum such as a book from a major publishing house."
"In his typical stream-of-consciousness style...the Slipknot frontman airs his gripes with all the political bullshittery that has gone down on his home turf recently...This is a takedown of modern-day politics and (of course) the Trump administration from a man who admits he feels no kinship to either big party, but has a wealth of knowledge on American politics and a comical yet vicious tongue to match...Corey shares his liberal views on everything from Black Lives Matter to Reaganomics, with cursing and caps lock firmly in place, forever reminding the reader that he's an asshole (his words!). And while not everyone will agree with the points made on these pages, this asshole knows his shit."
"[Taylor] land[s] some highly-effective jabs...It's a work that's part-memoir, part-American history, part-social commentary, and much more besides. America 51's primary purpose is to get people thinking and, equally importantly, talking...This is a book with admirable intentions."
"[Taylor] draws a brutally honest portrait of his country."
"With humorous stories, historical fact, and thought-provoking opinion [Taylor] impresses upon the reader the ideology behind the stunning election of Trump. The book is not a burdeonsome bitchfest from a guy who isn't happy with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election though. On the contrary, Taylor gives clear examples on how America is changing, politically, socially, morally, and responsibly. Racism, welfare, health care, jobs, religion, economy, Reagan, Obama, Hillary, Trump, Muslim ban, and many other issues important to America, or that should be important to America and Americans, are discussed....Taylor puts the spotlight on things that as citizens who love this country need to look at and find out how to fix, or change, or make better."
"[Taylor] spares no one and nothing: neither the rubes who think Trump is looking out for them nor the PC busybodies who whine about 'micro aggressions' as big corporations undermine everyone's macro."
―Milwaukee Shepherd Express
"[An] uncensored, no-holds-barred view of the political situation this country has been in, not just since the 2016 election circus, but since long before that. Though his disdain for Trump is quite prevalent throughout the entire book, Taylor doesn't stick to one side of the fence or the other; liberals, conservatives, republicans, democrats and hipsters are all up for grabs...America 51 will appeal to the masses no matter your political stance, race, class, gender or social views. Corey Taylor expresses the frustration we all share with what is going on in our country."
―Sonic Sound Magazine
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A skewering of the American underbelly by the New York Times bestselling author of Seven Deadly Sins and You're Making Me Hate YouVisualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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America 51: A Probe into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside "The Greatest Country in the World" touches to soul of America with a rusty pitch fork. "Why such a vicious sounding description?" you might ask. Well, it's simple, really. Mr. Taylor touches on all main political subjects, from left to right, conservative to liberal, pro choice to pro life, the (often misconstrued) 1st and 2nd amendments, and even the thin line that teeters right in the center of each of these subjects, and then some. If you take your politics, views and beliefs the least bit seriously, this book will offend you. But I implore you to read it. There's a lot of good in this country, even now, and he won't let you walk away from this book without at least attempting to make you see that.
If you do NOT like and/or understand sarcasm, or can not take the occasional joke (especially with some serious subject matter) please stop... this book won't be for you in any way. Go read Harry Potter or something. (Seriously, those are books are amazing!)
Just like a majority of American citizens, Corey is fed up with the status of their beloved United States of 'Merica. And not just the political climate itself, just the status of their citizens and society in the eyes of foreign countries. As usual, he leaves no reader unscathed in his bantering. From Trump supporters to Hillary supporters, Sanders Supporters to 3rd party supporters (and non-voters alike), racism, prejudice, police brutality, gun violence, religion, and the wearing of a man-bun, he will state something that will tickle you the wrong way. But not in a "you're wrong and I'm so very right" demeanor, but in a "let's have an open conversation and understand one another, no matter our differences, and agree to disagree, without lashing immature hate toward one another" point of view, which, let's face it, happens far too often in this day and age due to the ability to hide behind words thrown out in social media, and even face to face. (Aren't run-on sentences still fun?) That's the tone of this, and all books, Taylor has blessed the world with. The idea of opening a conversation, no matter how delicate the subject matter may be. Not a soul on this planet will ever agree on the same thing. Ever. Fact. But current and older generations are too lazy to toss on their big girl and big boy pants and accept this.
What Corey Taylor's work comes down to, is his ability to take some serious subjects, and toss around ideas with a serious tone, snarky sarcasm, humor and a bit of ALL CAPS yelling in tow.
I have stated in past reviews of Taylor's work that I do not agree with quite a bit of what the man says and believes, and this stands heavily true with this recent literary exercise. But I'll be darned if I didn't take away a few possible questions of my own immature points of view on subjects I may not fully understand. So, well done, Corey Taylor. You made me think, yet again.
Oh, and Mr. Taylor? I think you might owe some royalties to Frito Lay and their Cheetos brand. (I'm sure you can all make an educated guess as to what I mean here).
Read if you want, or don't. As Corey says in this book himself...
"Just because you have the right to say it, doesn't mean we have to listen, even if you type that sh*t in all caps." - Corey Taylor
In America 51, Taylor tackles his owns views on the political landscape in America, with an emphasis on life under a Trump presidency. The initial thesis, which I agree with, is that we've all been had, and that both parties are playing the public.
The issue is that Taylor says many things that are on point, but he builds his cases on piles of assumptions and cliches. The Republicans hate the poor. The Democrats are the party of the people. If you oppose the ACA, it's not because you actually think it's a disastrous economic plan that is likely to hurt everyone involved; it's because you've fallen victim to some kind of Republican demagoguery (and mind you, I'm not even a Republican). Supply side economics are dismissed in a single sentence. Wealth and growth of GDP talked about alongside presidents with correlation, but as if correlation were causation. Deregulation is automatically assumed to be in the interest of the rich.
Taylor never claims that this is some kind of comprehensive manifesto, meant to be an exhaustive argument, deeply rooted in outside sources. He knows what he is: A bold, often funny, entertaining orator who is very good at expressing his opinions.
In some ways its a shame, because listening to Taylor, I get the impression that he isn't actually an idiot, but America 51 is little more than an entertaining pile of assumptions. It's hard to celebrate his statements when I agree with them, because I don't actually know if we agree for the right reasons. For anyone who reads without a cursory knowledge of the key debates he raises in this book (to cite one example, his mention of the Republican Red scare makes no mention of the Venona decrypts, a historical finding that actually suggests that paranoia over communism was not patently insane), this text has the potential to be a loud and misleading disaster. I didn't feel this way after his first two books, but as far as this one goes: Corey. Shut up and sing.
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