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The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Political Quotations (Biteback Dictionaries of Humorous Quotations) [Kindle Edition]

Fred Metcalf
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Politics is no laughing matter – unless you’ve got Fred Metcalf’s Dictionary of Humorous Political Quotations. From the wit that made Boris a contender to the best of George W. Bush, this book will have you in stitches. Bankers to bin Laden, bumper stickers to Biden, and even a few topics that don’t begin with B, Metcalf has them all covered. Churchill’s gravitas meets Jon Stewart’s modern parody – if you have a political (or a funny) bone in your body, you need this book. I loved it!” Louise Mensch. With this brilliant anthology of mieux mots used in the theatre of politics over the centuries, Fred Metcalf has conjured an indispensable tool for both the seasoned public speaker and the armchair quotation-collector alike. Combining politics with a liberal dose of sex, drugs and Frank Zappa, Metcalf has produced a hearty panoply of memorable political rhetoric to cover any occasion – a remedy for those improvising amid impassioned response as well as those polishing their argument with the choicest of truisms.

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Fred Metcalf's collection of political quotations is among the most superior... Use this book in two ways. Reach for it when you want to add the sharp tang of a ready-made quotation to a speech. And study it closely to discover the secrets of being quotable. --The Speechwriter

About the Author

Fred Metcalf is the author of many titles including the Penguin Book of Modern Humorous Quotations and the Penguin Book of Jokes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (15 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDW2F8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and up-to-the-minute wisecracks 24 Nov. 2012
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Fred Metcalf wrote many of David Frost's best lines, he's also anthologised jokes and quotations for Penguin in the past. This collection is fresh, drawing from sources such as Twitter (which justifies a new purchase) and quirky.

I was pleased to discover some writers I'd never heard of before like Sally Poplin, who is quite sharp, and Michael Deacon, who writes sketches for the Daily Telegraph. It was also fun to find many of Boris Johnson's best.

As a speechwriter, I bought the book to add to my armoury of witticisms to relax audiences (as Metcalf points out many speeches fail because of lack of humour). You can't always see the value of a quote until you've tried it out, but these quotations are short and the familiar feedline -punchline structure is there in most of them. One quibble, there is no index of contributors in the back, which is useful when you're trying to find a quotation you half remember.

Still, it will be the first book I turn to in 2013 when I'm struggling for inspiration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting & Funny Read 12 Feb. 2013
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A very enjoyable and insightful book for those who enjoy wit at its best. It makes you realise the power of a few well-chosen words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok 24 Jun. 2013
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its ok to dip in and out of if you are bored to while away the time but it is not for along read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for dipping in to 24 Dec. 2012
By Roger
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A great book to keep,to hand for those times when you're waiting around for something or someone. Be warned though, you will get glared at by other sitters and waiters, as you find yourself chuckling at some of the witty, or even cutting remarks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Politicians 26 Aug. 2013
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An amusing enough collection, though most / all are already in the public domain. Passed an airport hour or two.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Political Humour. 10 Aug. 2013
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You may like it depending on your sense of humour. There are of course some very good humorous quotations some you will have heard many times before. Nevertheless it could be useful to quote some of these at gatherings like weddings, etc. etc.
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