Review – “America, You Sexy Bitch” by: Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain

Earlier this summer, @SnarkyAtLaw tweeted about a giveaway that Mandy at the Well Read Wife was doing. Mandy was giving away 47 46 copies of America, You Sexy Bitch (published by Da Capo) by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. To participate, the rules were simple: read the book and post an honest review (and, ideally, participate in Mandy’s discussion).

A description of the book, thanks to Amazon:

She is a single, twentysomething, gun-loving, Christian, Republican writer and blogger, the daughter of a Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee. He is a married, forty-year-old, gun-fearing, atheist, Democrat comedian, the son of a lesbian former Social Security employee. Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black barely know each other. But they are about to change the way politics is discussed in America.

Or at least the way politics are discussed in their crappy RV.

In America, You Sexy Bitch, Meghan and Michael embark on a balls-out, cross-country tour starting in California, the heart of liberal America, and ending in the state of Connecticut, the home of blue-blood Wall Street billionaires. Along the way, they visit such cultural touchstones as Graceland and Branson, party in Las Vegas and New Orleans, pretend to be Mormon in Salt Lake City (only for a second), and go to a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. They tour the nation’s capital; they fire semiautomatic weapons. But mostly Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black talk to each other: about their differences, their similarities, and how American politics has gotten so divided.

I loved this book for what it did discuss. And I hated this book for what it did not discuss. I felt myself wanting more a lot of the time, not just a gloss over.

I’m a political newbie. I vote in the presidential elections and I know where I stand when it comes to major issues. However, and without getting all political on you, there are a lot of issues that I don’t know much about. And without that knowledge, I can’t really formulate a position or my own opinion.

This book helped me learn a little more about some of those things and figure out which viewpoint is typically the Republican one versus Democrat. I just wish the book went a little more in-depth on some of the authors’ viewpoints and why they felt the way they did. A lot of the focus seemed to be on how Meghan and Michael didn’t know each other, travelling in a RV, sight-seeing… and not on the current political issues weighing on our nation.

Surprisingly (to me, at least), I really kinda liked Meghan McCain. She helped me see that you can side with a political party and yet still have conflicting viewpoints on certain issues. That really helps me during this election where I find myself siding with both main candidates but on entirely different issues, making it particularly difficult to decide who to vote for.

That said, it’s not a bad book to read. I wasn’t left raving about it but had enough of an attention span to finish it. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

And now I leave you with some quotes du jour:

As they tour the Senate and House of Representatives, their tour guide points out the status of Lady Freedom:

“If you notice, her eyes are facing off into the east because the sun never sets on freedom,” he says.  We all look up at her and I sort of say under my breath, “That’s because America is one sexy bitch.”

Final chapter, as they drive from Washington, DC to Redding, CT where Michael lives:

There might not be a worse drive in the United States than the I-95 Northeastern Corridor.  Traffic is always horrible and the view sucks, particularly after you cross the Delaware Water Gap and inch your way up the New Jersey Turnpike.

There was a third page I flagged for some apparent reason but going back to it now, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I bookmarked it. So instead you’re just left with the above two!

Thanks to Mandy’s Blogger Book Club (#MBBCWRW on Twitter) for providing a hardcover copy of “America, You Sexy Bitch.”

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