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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 73 edition (Oct. 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316018430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316018432
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every week, three million readers turn to the world's most popular news organization for a much-needed dose of Onion news and entertainment coverage. In a history spanning 15 years, six popular books, and 10 Webby Awards, The Onion has attracted legions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention.

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If you chortle and guffaw at the arch and snarky offerings of America's funniest publication, THE ONION, then OUR DUMB WORLD is a compendium of international satire you will cherish. Presented with pompous flourishes and big-voiced aplomb, OUR DUMB WORLD cheekily deflates the egos and efforts of every land on earth in a mock-educational melee of geopolitical and cultural hatchet-jobbery that only the most uptight listener will reject as sophomoric and over the top, which this audio candy certainly can be. OUR DUMB WORLD falters occasionally where many sound adaptations tend to--when very funny text just doesn't translate to narration. And the elaborate coffee-table-book illustrations are hard to emulate in audio. Nonetheless, THE ONION will be bring tears to most listeners' eyes with this offering. D.J.B. 2008 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Have a quick flick through this book and you might think it was a Dorling Kindersley world atlas. It has all the DK appeal: well produced maps and state flags, interesting photos plus very clean layouts and typography but as soon as you start to read the words you realise your on planet Onion.

The two hundred and two countries mostly get a page each with two pages given to topical (in the American sense) nations like Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, North Korea or Cuba for instance. Pages 207-209 covers The Stans: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan. Did you know this last nation has a space programme? Probably not but there is a photo of a rocket strapped to the back of a donkey to prove it.

The two pages on Nigeria kick off with a page email: REQUEST FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE. Dear Reader, WE NEED YOUR HELP May the blessing of God be... and so on in the usual 419 scam prose. The sub-head under Chile says: `Preventing Argentina From Enjoying The Pacific Ocean Since 1818'. It's this offbeat quirky copy that has made The Onion rightly famous and this book contains page after page of it.

As with a real atlas you're not meant to read it all but this is one of the Onion's better efforts and with its high production values I think this will be a well-thumbed book.
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I have bought this book twice for my dad (it seems the first copy mysteriously went missing when he took it to work to share with a friend of his). At any rate, I haven't had the chance to read all the way through the book but, from what I have read, it is absolutely hilarious. It is, of course, a completely farcical guide to all the countries of the world but well-illustrated with a clean layout (which can make it quite deceiving until you actually begin to read it.

Jordan's page completely revolves around Queen Rania, the pages on Canada refer the reader to the pages on the U.S., and the U.K.'s timeline includes an entry for the folk hero Jack the Ripper and his campaign to end prostitution. Again, over-the-top sarcasm about the countries abound (so, too, do some stereotypes) but no country is excluded and it is meant to be completely absurd in a way only the Onion can be.
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You will keep going back to this over and over again. It never gets tired!! Worth every penny and invaluable to anyone who loves fake or skewered news stories. We bought this a few years ago and reference it every time we need a sustained laugh.
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We found this book in a cruise ship library and bought copies for all the family as soon as we came home. It definitely does not disappoint and is wonderful for those times you want to "dip in" for a laugh or two.
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