Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans

Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans

An irresistible new collection from the New York Times bestselling author and host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith OlbermannIn his particular wit and style, Keith Olbermann skewers politicians, celebrities, and people behaving badly every weeknight on MSNBC's increasingly popular Countdown with Keith Olbermann. This book starts right after President Obama's election and co...

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Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst, from Beck, Bill, and Bush to Palin and Other Posturing Republicans Reviews

  • Sarah Hayes

    Another stellar volume by Mister Olbermann, including some monumental Special Comments on such topics as Prop 8 and gay marriage. I hope he brings back the Worst Persons segment soon!

  • Sherri

    This book was the adaptation of Keith's "Worst Persons in the World" scripts from Countdown on MSNBC. It was extremely funny, and I mean spewing coffee out of your nose funny, while being serious some of the time. Some people deserve more than a raspberry for their dumb actions. If you've watched the show faithfully for the past 2-3 years, you will have already seen what's in the book. But if you haven't and you like that segment of the show, have a read. It will get you up to date.

  • Sharon

    "Pitchforks and Torches" is an outstanding compendium of Olbermann's "Worst Persons in the World," "Quick Comments" and "Special Comments." An articulate rendering of the unfortunate facts behind the Right Wing's rise to power and their constituency, this book is brilliant. Unfortunately, as is the case with most such books, those who are in most need of the information therein are unlikely to be the ones who read it.

    Olbermann takes on both the ultra-right and the ultra-left with his commentarie

    "Pitchforks and Torches" is an outstanding compendium of Olbermann's "Worst Persons in the World," "Quick Comments" and "Special Comments." An articulate rendering of the unfortunate facts behind the Right Wing's rise to power and their constituency, this book is brilliant. Unfortunately, as is the case with most such books, those who are in most need of the information therein are unlikely to be the ones who read it.

    Olbermann takes on both the ultra-right and the ultra-left with his commentaries. If there were more like him, willing to stand out against the deliberate ignorance and malfeasance with which we are now dealing, I truly think that this country would not be on the road to ruin that the Right is embracing so frenetically.

  • Heaven Shaffer

    Wildly informative

  • Carrie

    Just received my copy through Goodreads, and I am looking forward to posting a review soon!

  • Charles Pearce

    Keith's voice is clearly heard throughout this book. It includes the dramatic "My father asked me to kill him" commentary.

  • Sheldon

    I need to clarify my three-star rating. This book is simply a collection of the "Still Bushed," "Worst Persons," "Quick Comments," and "Special Comments" from

    on MSNBC for the year and a half following the 2008 election. If you are a regular watcher of this show, this book will be more a trip down memory lane rather than anything new. It can still be an interesting read, but ultimately it was just a rehash of what I had already watched before. Hence the three-star rating. This is proba

    I need to clarify my three-star rating. This book is simply a collection of the "Still Bushed," "Worst Persons," "Quick Comments," and "Special Comments" from

    on MSNBC for the year and a half following the 2008 election. If you are a regular watcher of this show, this book will be more a trip down memory lane rather than anything new. It can still be an interesting read, but ultimately it was just a rehash of what I had already watched before. Hence the three-star rating. This is probably mostly geared towards diehard fans or people who had not watched these shows before. Just be warned.

  • Kathleen

    I enjoyed this collection of segments from Countdown because Olbermann is unquestionably eloquent, passionate, and intelligent. Since his views correspond well with my own, reviewing them on paper is an excellent way to improve my own expressions later. Yes, we all tortured people and we all need to take responsibility for that because this is a representative democracy. Yes, the assassination of George Tillman was perpetrated by a man looking for violence and using a philosophy to excuse it as

    I enjoyed this collection of segments from Countdown because Olbermann is unquestionably eloquent, passionate, and intelligent. Since his views correspond well with my own, reviewing them on paper is an excellent way to improve my own expressions later. Yes, we all tortured people and we all need to take responsibility for that because this is a representative democracy. Yes, the assassination of George Tillman was perpetrated by a man looking for violence and using a philosophy to excuse it as is clearly demonstrated by the way he turned on the other churchgoers. And yes, anyone who says the Teaparty started as something other than racist backlash is ridiculously uninformed or lying.

    Still, as nice as it might be to review the words of a good speaker who agrees with me, this book is some of the most depressing work I have read in a long time. Looking at 2009 in this kind of retrospective it is only clear to me how many battles we have lost. Watching again that bright, hopeful beginning dash abruptly on the rocky economy before floundering in the depths of mismanaged health care reform really isn't my favorite way to spend a weekend.

    Well written, but I only recommend this book for those who can find some enjoyment in remembering the nightly news.

  • Mlg

    If you watch Olbermann's show, this book is a bit of a disappointment. It's nothing but outdated

    "Worst Persons" and "Special Comments".

  • Doug

    These are the screeds Olbermann would deliver on his MSNBC show before he got fired. They were funny and topical when you heard them on the show with his outraged voice inflection and visuals in the background. In written form, they are boring and now out of date. (The latest was April 14, 2010). Maybe bathroom reading? Thank God I picked up this book for 25¢ at a used book sale. I should have looked inside and let it go for scrap. I should say, I loved his show and am a proud left-wing unionist

    These are the screeds Olbermann would deliver on his MSNBC show before he got fired. They were funny and topical when you heard them on the show with his outraged voice inflection and visuals in the background. In written form, they are boring and now out of date. (The latest was April 14, 2010). Maybe bathroom reading? Thank God I picked up this book for 25¢ at a used book sale. I should have looked inside and let it go for scrap. I should say, I loved his show and am a proud left-wing unionist, not a conservative. But don't waste your quarter if you see it.

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