or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Squeezed: Rear-Ended by American Politics [Paperback]

J. C. Bourque
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
RRP: £9.01
Price: £8.67 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
You Save: £0.34 (4%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Usually dispatched within 2 to 3 weeks.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Book Description

1 Dec 2011
Humorous critique of Liberal and Conservative extremism in U.S. politics, media and public discourse. Includes commentary on pop culture, human nature and contemporary society.

Product details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Snarkiman Publishing (1 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984933700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984933709
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

5 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"For the Middle, someone is complaining about 100% of everything, all the time." - from SQUEEZED

"When I get up in the morning it never occurs to me to get dressed, go outside, and accost strangers on the street to wag my finger in their faces." - from SQUEEZED

In SQUEEZED, author J.C. Bourque verbalizes the frustrations of the Silent Majority - or the "Middle" - with the loud, unceasing, and often hysterical proselytizations that emanate from both the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) and Right Wing Extremists (RWE) on a daily - indeed, perhaps hourly - basis. It's no surprise the book was published in 2011 as the next Presidential election campaign begins to ramp up.

SQUEEZED is humorous social commentary.

Actually, most of the book is a rant, albeit containing multiple nuggets of common sense.

And, as Bourque himself admits, there's also a hearty dose of drivel. But that doesn't make it any the less appealing for those of us who sigh with slumping shoulders when faced with the True Believer on our doorstep hawking his/her version of The Messiah, or when approached at the supermarket by the signature-gatherer for the latest Pro-Life or Gay Rights emergency petition to address some Outrage, or when harangued to support a particular candidate's Vision for America.

One of the most endearing aspects of SQUEEZED is the author's willingness to poke fun at his own diatribe, something certainly not seen in your average, self-righteous, strident pedant on the politically polarized airwaves or in such published doctrinaire missives that the authors intend we take oh so seriously.

To be honest, tomorrow I won't remember anything in particular from SQUEEZED. Why, I'll likely forget it all in an hour or so.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Is A Rant Not A Rant? 5 July 2012
By Michael Charney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Bourque's book, Squeezed: Rear-ended by American Politics, is a frequently funny, often over-the-top diatribe against extremists on both sides. Whether you are a save-the-world, tree-hugging, composting ultra-liberal or a gun-clinging, Bible-thumping, conspiracy theorizing right-wing fundamentalist, Bourque has a few choice words for you:
America: Put your head between your knees and breathe into the bag.

Bourque, who calls himself a "Middle," just wants to be left alone. He's tired of people who, as he says, "think globally" but "overreact locally." He doesn't want to hear about your activism, or your belief system, or your latest theory on What's Wrong with the World. He just wants to go about his business, live his life, and make up his own mind without being judged, lectured to, and, inevitably, excoriated for his beliefs. And he's betting (at least enough to invest in writing a book) that you'll agree, that you (in fact, the majority of us) don't really care to have extremists raise our awareness. "Awareness raising is an activity that many activists engage in because it allows them to feel good about themselves without doing anything really important about the problem," he writes. Too often, too true.

Bourque moves comfortably from topic to topic in what he admits is less a narrative than a continuing sequence of episodic outrage. He discusses our propensity to think in purely binary terms, the activist tendency toward what he calls "blurtosis," our never-ending fight with cognitive dissonance, and our amazing facility at confusing coincidence with causation. He argues convincingly that extremists should, frankly, just get over it.

Ultimately--beyond all the humor (and it is funny; the guy has a great ranting voice), the many bullet lists of how we should and shouldn't behave, the repeated streams of slashed-together words/phrases/paragraphs/sections/chapters, and the clever use of what he calls "nounjetives," the book forces an unexpected self-reflection. How many times have I gone past the point of gentle conversation with others and slipped into what counterparts may consider extremism? Sure, I think I'm civil when I talk about these things, but do they? And have I cared enough about what they want out of such conversations? Those questions are worth thinking about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A voice from the No Man's Land between opposing entrenchments 4 Jun 2012
By Joseph Haschka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"For the Middle, someone is complaining about 100% of everything, all the time." - from SQUEEZED

"When I get up in the morning it never occurs to me to get dressed, go outside, and accost strangers on the street to wag my finger in their faces." - from SQUEEZED

In SQUEEZED, author J.C. Bourque expresses the frustrations of the Silent Majority - or the "Middle" - with the loud, unceasing, and often hysterical proselytizations that emanate from both the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) and Right Wing Extremists (RWE) on a daily - indeed, perhaps hourly - basis. It's no surprise the book was published in 2011 as the next Presidential election campaign begins to ramp up.

SQUEEZED is humorous social commentary.

Actually, most of the book is a rant, albeit containing multiple nuggets of common sense.

And, as Bourque himself admits, there's also a hearty dose of drivel. But that doesn't make it any the less appealing for those of us who sigh with slumping shoulders when faced with the True Believer on our doorstep hawking his/her version of The Messiah, or when approached at the supermarket by the signature-gatherer for the latest Pro-Life or Gay Rights emergency petition to address some Outrage, or when harangued to support a particular candidate's Vision for America.

One of the most endearing aspects of SQUEEZED is the author's willingness to poke fun at his own diatribe, something certainly not seen in your average, self-righteous, strident pedant on the politically polarized airwaves or in such published doctrinaire missives that the authors intend we take oh so seriously.

To be honest, tomorrow I won't remember anything in particular from SQUEEZED. Why, I'll likely forget it all in an hour or so. But it really doesn't make any difference because while immersed in its pages I was amused - chuckles interspersed with the occasional "You got that right!" or "Don't let the bastards get you down!" And the views Bourque opines are pretty much mine anyway; I just prefer to stay silent and go about the business of getting through each day with some sense of mundane responsibilities met leavened with a modicum, at least, of enjoyment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choosing Sides...or Not: Brainless Equality 13 April 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
J. C. Bourque has just the right medicine tonic to swallow as we progress into the 2012 political campaign mud slinging exceptionally expensive (when no one has any money) endless brouhaha of silly nonsense that we call American politics. Finally someone - and that someone is the rasty curmudgeon Bourque - can put it all into perspective. The joy of reading this hilarious if biting summation of bipartisan crazy making is that no matter what your political leanings this book hits it all.

In someone else's hands this book may be off-putting, but Bourque is such a natural comedian that he can quote facts and make them seem like fresh approaches rather that the yesterday's lunch messes we face on TV and radio and media noise. His dissection of both the Conservatives and the Radicals - the Right and the Left - are so on target that, to quote Jonathan Safran Foer, 'Everything is illuminated'. For instance, in defining the opposing groups Bourque labels them Right-Wing Extremists and Left-Wing Extremists: 'The first category, Right-Wing Extremists (RWE), are people who are afraid of change, frightened by human nature, terrified of Socialism or hinky about sex and feel a compelling need to share these feelings with the rest of us.....Alternatively, they might be televangelist, Bible-thumping, morality-police types who have received the Word of God (somehow) and are compelled by faith to spread their idea of morality to everyone' At the other end of the spectrum are the Left-Wing Extremists (LWE). These are people who consider themselves intellectually superior to the rest of us and, because of this, believe it is their job to engineer a perfect society for us all to inhabit. Whether they posses the proper credentials and wisdom to overhaul society is irrelevant: in the LWE world view, intellectual prowess in ANY subject conveys equal prowess in ALL subjects.' You get the gist of his writing form these two excerpts. In another spot he sates 'In short, RWEs have a rigid concept of morality and a flaccid idea of sex, while the LWEs are the polar opposite.'

While the sound waves and written words hit us from all sides until November of this year, keep a copy of J.C. Bourque's book SQUEEZED at hand. He somehow puts it all into a sense of order - and it looks like there is none. Grady Harp, April 12
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If this book is the answer, what indeed then is the question? 12 April 2012
By Herbert L Calhoun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This provocative, often insightful, sometimes thought provoking, and always ranting book, reminds me of the most famous of Samuel Johnson's critiques: that it is both good and thoughtful. However, the good part is not very thoughtful, and thoughtful part is not very good.

The author sees a solution, but has not yet found a problem that the solution fits. So, using the same tactics as those he criticizes, the book rants at the messengers rather than at the message. He skims along the surface unconcerned that there is a cancer gathering steam just beneath the thin ice he is ranting upon. He waxes eloquently with rich and funny metaphors about the sins of those actively thrashing about in an effort to examine and address the symptoms of a disease that is destroying the American body politic. But the author unlike many of those he analyzes and criticizes, is unconcerned about the nature of the disease, that the ice holding him will soon crack, or that the American body politic is dying.

Standing on safe, hallowed and non-controversial ground, he attacks all attempts at remediation - that is all attempts to fix the problem through better awareness, open debates, alerting others to the disease, or in general being active, open and concerned about the ever-diminishing "common good?" Anything other than sitting mute on a log is seen by him as being self-absorbedly engaged in passionate meddling -- a kind of activism he sees as harmful and undemocratic: as mindless attempts to change the status quo for the sake of changing it: the disease that is in large part itself the status quo, be-damned?

He sees (and seizes) the moral high ground as that of transforming the deadlocked binary world into an equally dysfunctional and inert tri-nary one, one in which the "middle-of-the roaders," "independents," "undecideds" and "uninformed," are rhapsodized, and then (by fiat) raised to the level of equality with everyone else -- especially with the vocal and active? In the author's mind "inactivity and remaining mute" is a democratic virtue?

Most of all, the author seems to fail to appreciate the context within which he is operating: within a republican form of democracy, whose life-blood is "informed open dialogue," "shared conversations" about what is undermining the common good, what is wrong with the system and how they both are to be fixed?

If he had pulled his "squeezed head" out of his own already much too tight dernier for just one second, maybe he would have been able to see that the inmates are running the asylum; and that there is an overall method to this dysfunctional madness: binary (or tri-nary) gridlock perfectly serves the interests of the puppet-masters who are the cancer on our system. It is they who have strangled our democracy with corrupt political money and with meaningless amusements for the author's "politically tone deaf and mute but sanctified non-activists," those that the puppet masters so easily manipulate and that he so easily lionizes. It is not the messengers, but those with the message: those who by orchestrating and stoking the fires of the internecine binary (and tri-nary) warfare, keep the disease that is destroying our democracy alive.

It is easy enough to write a "cute book" that is mostly all sound and fury, that loudly proclaims nothing, and that with the same empty words, plays the role of feigned victim while attacking the symptoms but not the disease. As he eloquently tells us what we already know, no one is fooled by his fancy tap-dancing around the `real" issues.

We know well from the subtext and the framing of his rant, where all his sympathies really lie: He is a foot soldier for the status quo; and this book is just another clever vehicle in which those who lack the courage to stand up for bankrupt right wing ideas can hide and try to "distance" themselves from the racist cancer that is destroying this country. Despite the subtext that overshadows the cleverness, it is still not a bad book. Four stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Squeezed book review 30 Mar 2012
By Roger A. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great premise being from the middle for a balanced viewpoint of politics, my favorite parts were on page 31, with the citizens against everything-or the collary to that meaning we must have change for the sake of change, also on pages 75-76 on the rampant oxymorons that are especially prevalent in politics-in other words if you do it-its stupid, immoral, etc., but when I do the same thing-it was a strategy or slight indescrition. Plus good observations in part 5 for "Tool and Tactics" on creating unwarrated fear, professional victims, illogical cause and effect in statistics, plus the all important "consider the source" as the validity of what anyone says to you, depends on what they have to gain or lose-see page 117. And my favorite part of the whole book is on pages 160 to 167, and especially the curve at the bottom of page 163-that truely says it all-the more extreme someone is - the more they filter out anything that they disagree with. So, I get the point of the book is; the middle is actually a position on the issues and not just some wasteland between the two extremes, so all in all, good points made, but the ending for the "Big Idea" on page 222-was a bit out there.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback