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The Onion's Finest News Reporting - Vol. I: Vol 1 [Paperback]

Scott Dikkers
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7 April 2000
Everybody's favourite parody newspaper makes more history - a selection of the funniest and most biting satricial reporting from the outrageous The Onion.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; First Edition edition (7 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075227158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752271583
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the editors of the most hilarious periodical around comes The Onion's Finest News Reporting, a collection of stories and commentaries with a sublime satirical bite. Devotees of the Madison, Wisconsin, weekly will erupt with laughter at each turn of the page, while newcomers will wonder how they have done without such headlines as "Saddam Hussein Steps Down Following Sex Scandal", "Nation's Educators Alarmed by Poorly Written Teen Suicide Notes" and "Massive Oil Spill Results in Improved Wildlife Viscosity". The brilliant parodies following the headlines are consistently smart, irreverent and hysterical. Some selections are masterworks of absurdity, such as op-ed pieces written from the perspectives of pylons, chemical plants or appliances. The book also contains some choice picks from the magazine's "What Do You Think?" column, in which ordinary citizens sound off on timely topics such as the teaching of evolution in schools ("I am against evolution being taught in schools. I am also against widespread literacy and the refrigeration of food.") and the cloning of animals ("I can't believe it--imagine a whole field of sheep that all look alike!"). As with all effective satire, this volume seeks to hit society's raw nerves: homophobia, racism, sexism, even Canada--"Perky 'Canada' Has Own Government, Laws" reads one headline. But buyer beware: if Dave Barry is about your speed, you may find some of these stories (and the language) to be tasteless, if not offensive. Others will love this book for those very reasons. --Shawn Carkonen,

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Variously described as 'the cleverest and wittiest work of the year, or bastard century even' (Melody Maker) or 'the funniest wisest book ever written' (The Times), The Onion team's first book, Our Dumb Century, was widely and hugely praised. Their second tome delivers more hilarious satire in the same vein as: 'Muhammed Ali KO's Ronald Reagan In Nursing Home Scuffle', 'Drugs Win Drugs War', or 'Martin Luther King: I Had A Really Weird Dream Last Night'. The strength of The Onion lies in the fact that the text underneath the brilliant headlines is just as funny. As Nicholas Lezard said of Our Dumb Century: 'I cannot imagine a funnier book being written - well, ever' (Guardian)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius- Comedy at its finest! 19 May 2000
The Onion is by far the greatest satrical work of our time. If you liked 'BrassEye' and 'The Day Today', you will certainly love this. You don't have to know much about US current affairs to find yourself roaring with laughter as you read each Onion article. There is a remarkable sense of realism in the Onion's reporting style, and everything has properly been thought out. In conclusion- this book is a must have for anyone who loves to laugh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius !!! 12 Feb 2001
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More cutting than straight reporting, more fantastically creative than anything in other media - 'The Onion' is the only publication that I can say I read on a weekly basis [and I live in the UK!] Sometimes, they just get it so right, it takes your breath away. . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly funny! 19 Sep 2000
This is the funniest book I have read this year - The journalistic style is spot on, and it had me laughing out loud many times. I will be buying many copies for christmas. If you are not easily offended, and you liked Monty Python, then this will please you mightily. It's like a professional Private Eye. But don't buy it for your kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good it's frightening 14 Feb 2007
Ignore the one bad review. This is quality writing that is, as one reviewever said 'is so bastard funny'. An excellent book to have by the side of your toilet to while away the hours. One of the few humourous books one can return to again and again just to savour the style and comedic imagination.

Irony and sarcasm are often lost on many Americans but this proves they can do it every bit , if not better, than us Brits.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish! 12 Jun 2006
If you're looking for a laugh, some cutting satire or cynical, tongue in cheek, cleverly written articles - look somewhere else.

I bought this on the strength of the above reviews and because of its notoriety in America. It never even raised a smile. I cannot believe anyone could write such rave reviews about such pathetic fare.

I enjoy bad taste humour as much as the next guy, but the key word is "humour" and this just isn't up to it.

Poorly written, no imagination, unsubtle - satire for the brain dead. If this is the pinnacle of American satirical journalism, God help us!

Mine's going in the bin.
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