Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: "Not Cool" (Greg Gutfeld)

It takes a certain kind of clear-headed person to comment on the political, economic, and social issues in the United States today.

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, the latest work by political commentator, satirist, blogger, and author (among other things, printable and not) Greg Gutfeld, is evidence that when you want to talk about the aforementioned issues, it also helps to have some incisive cynicism, assertive skepticism, and the innate ability to honestly say what everyone else is thinking but, for one reason or another, refuses to verbalize.

Those attributes are also some of the few that will prevent readers from descending into utter despair and hopelessness at the enormity of what Gutfeld concisely and without apology unearths: that in today's culture, what's good and positive are denigrated as uncool, outdated, old-fashioned, and archaic; and what is (or would be, in a society that functioned with a even modicum of the kind of common sense Gutfeld is blessed enough to possess in spades) evil, negative, and deplorable are heralded as the epitome of "cool," meaning popular, likable, and brilliant.

In other words, the most highly favored beliefs (religious, political, economic, etc.) in American society today, in Gutfeld's estimation, are the ones that make the least sense to laud, and are the ones held by a particularly outraged and vocal portion of the U.S. population possessed of a sort of bad-is-the-new-good hive-mind.

Gutfeld writes with the same witty aplomb, droll detachment, and approachable self-deprecation that make him an admired (or at least well-known) commentator with FOX News, where he is part of the panel, The Five, and hosts Red Eye. Topics in the book include everything from the military to the environment. Despite his seeming indifference in general, Gutfeld only needs appropriately outrageous situations or over-the-top people to provoke his well-researched, impassioned, cuttingly written editorials.

Their respective political leanings aside, readers of every generation and outlook will undoubtedly learn from (or at least be entertained by) the libertarian perspective Gutfeld has toward some of the most highly controversial subjects to be addressed in the United States today.

Perhaps his work will incite conversation, at least, among political parties, and if not ... well, Gutfeld doesn't strike me as the kind of person who will lose sleep over those who choose to remain contentious.

A highly recommended read, and not only for the politically minded.

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Author: Greg Gutfeld
Title: Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You
ISBN: 978-0804138550
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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