The Global War on Morris

The Global War on Morris

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A witty political satire ripped from the headlines and written by Congressman Steve Israel, who's met the characters, heard the conversations, and seen the plot twists firsthand. Meet Morris Feldstein, a pharmaceutical salesman living and working in western Long Island who loves the Mets, loves his wife Rona, and loves things just the way they are. He doesn't enjoy the news; he doesn't like to argue. Rona may want to change the world; Morris wants the world to leave him alone. Morris does not make waves. But one day Morris is seduced by a lonely, lovesick receptionist at one of the doctors' offices along his sales route, and in a moment of weakness charges a non-business expense to his company credit card. No big deal, you might think. Easy mistake. But the government's top-secret surveillance program, anchored by a giant, complex supercomputer known as NICK, thinks differently. Eventually NICK begins to thread together the largely disparate and tenuously connected strands of Morris's life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781476772233
Characteristics: ix, 289 pages ;,24 cm.


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Mar 09, 2015

A joint review of "The Global War on Morris" by Steve Israel and "The Narcissist Next Door" by Jeffrey Kluger.

Steve Israel is a Democrat. Jeffrey Kluger is a Democrat. Know how I can tell? It's ruined the eyesight of both men.

Israel wrote a novel that had the potential to be funny although, really, part of funny is making fun of people and you can't do that if you're a lefty because it will make you a something-ist before you can say spit. Too bad Israel hates Dick Cheney with a burning and fiery passion and apparently doesn't realize Cheney has been out of office for six years, because Dick Cheney turned Steve Israel into a crank. Or rather Israel's hatred of Cheney ruined what should have been an entertaining book.

Then we have Kluger. Kluger's book starts off explaining what a narcissist is by giving some examples. He starts off with Donald Trump. OK, Trump has been known to behave narcissistically. Does he meet the criteria in the DSM for Narcissistic Personality Disorder? I have no idea.

But Kluger's second example of a narcissist is Ted Cruz because of Cruz's filibuster. And Kluger's third example is a congressman, a Republican because Kluger said he voted "for " the government shutdown and horror of horrors, kept 800,000 government workers from going to work, not that anyone noticed. Anyway, the problem with this congresscritter was that he was of the opinion that no respect was being shown to his side of the aisle and that makes him a diagnosable narcissist.

What makes Kluger's notions so unbearably stupid is, sitting in the Oval Office since 2009 we have had the worst case of narcissistic personality disorder that high office has ever seen, and that includes Woodrow Wilson who was very nearly convinced of his own godhood. But somehow Kluger can only find Republican examples of narcissism, just as the bad guys in Israel's book are Republicans because, of course, no Democrat ever voted to go to war in 2003.

Seriously, if a lefty is going to try to be entertaining or try to impart knowledge, just give it up now because apparently, you all aren't capable of thinking past your prejudices and you just end up wasting everyone's time.

Both books have gone on my "Started and never to be finished" list.

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