God, No! by Pen Jillette
Pen Jillette is an asshole.
And I mean that in the nicest way possible. He is the kind of asshole that every society needs. Irreverant, brusque, and very direct in what he says. There’s a lot of opinion about atheism and religion, of course, but there’s more to it, and many amusing stories of being a Las Vegas performer slipped in.
He’s good to have because even if you disagree with him (and a few times I did), he definitely makes you consider why you disagree with him. At times, I thought I disagreed, but after thinking it through, I had to admit that he really wasn’t wrong.
It’s a thought-provoking and amusing, if scattershot, book. I recommend it.
If it has a flaw, it’s that he tends to repeat himself. By which I mean, he’ll reiterate what he says a lot by repeating it. If he says something again and again, I have to believe it is for emphasis. He gets his point across, through repitition, and perhaps extends his word count. But maybe repeating himself, which he does often by rephrasing the same concept, is an effective persuasion technique. Because hearing it again and again, because he writes things over and over, maybe you’ll really have to consider what he’s saying before you can move on to the next thought.
Also, Pen apparently knows a lot of strippers.