clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Book Review WTF? A Practical Guide to Racism

New, 56 comments

The Sharks gave in to my demands that they make a move after only one of these book reviews, but I already had this one written so I'm going to post it anyway. Maybe something else will happen?

Megalodon's Book Review WTF? #2: A Practical Guide to Racism by C.H. Dalton


Warning: This book does its best to be extremely offensive to everyone. Most of our regular readers shouldn't be bothered by this kind of stuff, but if you're a delicate little flower then you should probably skip this book and this review.

From the book's description on Amazon:

Meet "C. H. Dalton," a professor of racialist studies and an expert on inferior people of all ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual preferences. Presenting evidence that everyone should be hated, A Practical Guide to Racism contains sparkling bits of wisdom on such subjects as:

· The good life enjoyed by blacks, who shuffle through life unhindered by the white man’s burdens, to become accomplished athletes, rhyme smiths, and dominoes champions
· The sad story of the industrious, intelligent Jews, whose entire reputation is sullied by their taste for the blood of Christian babies
· A close look at the bizarre, sweet-smelling race known as "women," who are not very good at anything—especially ruling the free world
· A crucial manual to Arabs, a people so sensitive they are liable to blow up at any time. Literally.

Including a comprehensive glossary of timeless epithets, with hundreds of pejorative words for everyone from Phoenicians to Jews, A Practical Guide to Racism is an essential field guide for our multicultural world.

What is it about?

It's a satirical comedy book presented as something written by an academic professor with horribly out-of-date and misinformed beliefs about different races. It aims to offend everyone (and includes chapters on gypsies and merfolk) and also does a great job mocking the attitudes of arrogant and ignorant white "experts."

What is it like?

John Hodgman's books or his appearances on The Daily Show, or The Onion's Our Dumb World.

What is most memorable about it?

Its quotability and relentless quality. There are several stretches where it gives you line after line of pure gold - each individual joke is enough to make you laugh, and it just throws a dozen at you in a row.

What did you think?

I loved it and recommended it to everybody I know. I was quoting stuff from it for weeks and I'll definitely be reading it again.

What else?

I recommend reading it in bits at a time, because if you read it in large chunks you kind of get dulled to the audacity of its humor, and it doesn't have the same effect. Take your time with this one.