I read New Rules before I read this book. Honestly, I’m glad because this book, while funny, was not as enjoyable as its followup.
This book consists mostly of the shorter New Rules, like you find in the segment of the same name that airs toward the end of Real Time with Bill Maher. There are also essays in this one. Both the essays and the shorter jokes would have probably been more appealing had I read them shortly after the book came up. Since it’s been 8 years since the events that inspired the newest jokes in the book, those jokes weren’t quite as funny. I’m sure that they would have probably had me rolling over with laughter at the time, though.
Of course, the jokes are mainly about George W. Bush and his administration, but there are also jokes about people of more liberal leanings. And there are jokes that some might feel are inappropriate, but that might make them all-the-more necessary. Maher is unapologetic as he makes quips that most people wouldn’t dare to make because he isn’t afraid of making them. His brash sense of humor isn’t for everyone, so if you don’t like the guy and/or is his style going in, then this book probably isn’t for you.