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A Nation Worth Ranting About [Hardcover]

Rick Mercer
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Book Description

Sept. 18 2012

An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.
“[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” —The Globe and Mail
“The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” —Toronto Life
“Canada’s hottest TV comic.” —Maclean’s
"Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour.” —The Canadian Press
“Canada’s leading political satirist.” —The New York Times
“A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane.
They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed—it’s an important distinction.”
—Rick Mercer, from his introduction
Within these pages you’ll find every rant that Rick has so brilliantly and blisteringly delivered since the publication of his previous bestseller, Rick Mercer Report: The Book. Together these rants form a chronicle of human folly, mostly featuring politicians, of course, but with honorable mentions going to people who don’t know how to use escalators and Canadian drivers who don’t think they need snow tires. 
Is Mercer getting better or are the fools among us getting worse? Whatever the inspiration—Rick Mercer’s ranting has never been stronger or more on target. 
There is a loud, cathartic laugh to be found on almost every page here—with the exception of Rick’s impassioned rant on bullying in schools, words that touched thousands of Canadians, went viral and helped widen the debate on a major problem. Also reprinted here is the rant encouraging students to vote, which resulted directly in a campus ballot and outrage in Ottawa.  (People still are still standing on the left on escalators, and the prime minister is still very much the man he was, but you can’t win them all.)
In addition, Rick has authored three new essays specially for this book: the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of his meeting with Rick Hansen, a hero who absolutely was not a disappointment in real life; a heartfelt reflection on public reaction to his bullying rant; and an account of his response—mystified, followed by delighted—to the news that he’d inspired a “vote mob.”
Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick’s travels across Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About will make you proud, will make you think, will make you almost as angry as Rick, and over and over again will make you laugh out loud.

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“A self-described ‘rantaholic,’ Rick Mercer is our country’s best-known and most-loved satirist. . . . The use of surprise or the unexpected is a trademark of Mercer’s humour. . . . But once again, beneath his humour, Mercer is seething. . . . You can’t read Mercer’s rants without appreciating that we live in a society where ranting — whether it’s about our government, attitudes toward sexuality, or escalators — is possible. And that, kids, is a good thing.”
The Calgary Herald

About the Author

Rick Mercer co-created and performed on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, created and starred in Made in Canada, and created and starred in Talking to Americans, the most-watched comedy special in Canadian TV history. He is now host of the hugely successful Rick Mercer Report

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present for a friend. Jan. 27 2013
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How can you not love these rants. It's Rick Mercer and no one does it better! Also a great table book,as the rants only take a few minutes to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great rants. Jan. 17 2013
By Rose
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Nobody can rant like Rick.
He doesn't take sides, but tells it like he sees it.
He would liven up the House of Parliament if he were an PM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it Jan. 14 2013
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A funny and insightful look at Canadian politics and social issues.
I have always enjoyed his rants. Love you Rick!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! July 27 2013
By Kissjo
I love Rick Mercer and love his rants. This book is just all around awesome! I could literally hear him in every rant. Although I have heard all these rants, I like how he goes in depth for some of them, explaining things from the show and his life. A proud Canadian he is, and I love everything about him. Can't wait for the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Reading. July 6 2013
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This book was really a collection of short stories summarizing various episodes of the Rick Mercer Report. An interesting light read providing Rick's insights into various current events. Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 8 2013
By Scout
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Among other things, I purchased this book for my boyfriend for Christmas. He had finished reading it by Christmas evening and has recommended it to everyone in his family.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Nation Worth Ranting About" by Rick Mercer Nov. 10 2012
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Rick Mercer is both the funniest and the most serious observer of Canadian politics.
Americans should avoid this book --- it might cause gastric distress!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rick Mercer A Nation worth ranting about July 6 2014
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I love Rick Mercer, laughable and funny - but the book si very much on politics and that not my reading.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't resist a good rant.
Next best thing to hearing/seeing Rick's rants on tv are to read them. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and I hope there is another to come.
Published 2 months ago by debbi beauchamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick is amazing!
Rick mercer has a way of making a girl enjoy politics! Always funny, entertaining and informative. Completely recommend this book to everyone!
Published 5 months ago by Dmccabe
3.0 out of 5 stars if you like Rick Mercer you'll like this.
interesting if you like Rick Mercer otherwise OK. My husband thought it was OK. Some parts he liked others he skipped.
Published 6 months ago by Sabkids
4.0 out of 5 stars He's right
Canada, like Parliament, is not a place but an idea. Mercer's thoughtful rants demonstrate his love of the idea that is Canada, and despair over the failing idea of Parliament. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John M. Gancz
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Price at Amazon
I knew my husband would love this book when I first saw it in a store. By going on Amazon I was able to purchase it at a much better price and I received it within 8 days.
Published 10 months ago by Sheri Claringbold
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Mercer Nails it again!
I greatly enjoy Rick's style of humour and have followed him since early 22 Minutes days. He has a excellent way of really clarifying complicated political bullsh*t.
Published 11 months ago by Robin Achen-Waugh
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nation Worth Ranting About
This was a Christmas gift and it was well received. THe writing is very good. Its a fast read because it is interesting.
Published 20 months ago by titian
2.0 out of 5 stars A nation Worth Ranting about
this is not a book. It is a collection of rants previously heard on his show along with a long chaopter about him being gay...big deal
Published 21 months ago by Michel Pinard
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