This is the third Sarah Vowell book I've read, and this will be the last. Her books (including this one) are boring and uninspiring and, quite frankly, not funny. All three books of hers that I've read have been disappointing, so I'm through. Sorry, Sarah. I gave it a shot and it just didn't work out.
This book wasn't what it was cracked up to be at all. Other reviews made it sound like it was a fun, energetic read on politics, history, and one woman's view of both. They also made it sound as though she was presenting a different angle on politics, political views, and history. As a newcomer to Sarah Vowell, I found her very left-sided, pessimistic, and utterly dreary. Her negative attitude and liberal views spew forth from every page. If you appreciate the far left-wing liberal stance and aren't open to seeing or understanding others' points of views, or appreciating the history that's behind some of the laws governing our society today, and are fond of negative satire, then this book is for you. Otherwise, steer clear!