Sunday, January 28, 2018

*Review* You Can's Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Anderson

Genre: Political Humor
Published: November 7, 2017
Pages: 288

Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump's presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars, and experts on greatness generally

"I have the best words, beautiful words, as everybody has been talking and talking about for a long time. Also? The best sentences and, what do you call them, paragraphs. My previous books were great and sold extremely, unbelievably well--even the ones by dishonest, disgusting so-called journalists. But those writers didn't understand Trump, because quite frankly they were major losers. People say if you want it done right you have to do it yourself, even when 'it' is a 'memoir.' So every word of this book was written by me, using a special advanced word processing system during the many, many nights I've been forced to stay alone in the White House--only me, just me, trust me, nobody helped. And it's all 100% true, so true--people are already saying it may be the truest book ever published. Enjoy."

Until Donald Trump publishes his account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President.

He was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man always eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others' flaws as well as his own excellence. Now that refreshingly compulsive un-PC candor is applied to his time as leader of the free world. The mind-boggling private encounters with world leaders. The genius backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers. His triumphs over the dishonest news media. The historic, world-changing decisions -- many of them secret until now. What he really thinks of Melania and Ivanka and Jared, Donald Jr. and Eric and the other one. And many spectacular, historic, exclusive photographs of him in private and public, making America great again.

Presented by two of America's foremost Trump scholars, Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book, because I figured if I was going to "read" a book by Alec Baldwin where he's impersonating Donald Trump, I should do it in audio so I get the voice feature too. Sadly, this was a disappointing audiobook. Baldwin only does the Trump voice for a few chapters (although I can't blame him for not wanting to do the voice for the whole six hours), and he doesn't even narrate the whole book himself (only about 1/3 of the book is Baldwin's narration). Basically I didn't feel like I got what I was paying for in the audio department of the story. 

The story itself was great satire. It seemed like there were a lot of facets from Trump's life laid bare and exaggerated, although it's possible none of them were accurate (I'm not assuming any of them were although I'm also not assuming they weren't). The tone of the story was very much in line with the way Trump talks (or at least the way Baldwin impersonates him) with the clipped and repetitive sentences. I think my favorite part of the satire was that Baldwin's Trump gets a lot of tips and tricks from Barron who is described as something of a genius (or at least that was my main takeaway from how he's mentioned). 

Overall I give this book 3.0464673 out of 5 stars. The satire was on point, but the narration really let me down. - Katie 

Alec Baldwin is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor, producer, comedian, and philanthropist. He has also been nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award and the author of the New York Times bestseller A Promise to Ourselves. 

Kurt Andersen is an author/novelist and host of the public radio show Studio 360. He is also co-founder of Spy and author of Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, which Random House is publishing in July 2017.

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