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An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.   “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.   “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” —The Globe and Mail   “The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” —Toronto Life   “Canada’s hottest TV comic.” —Maclean’s   "Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour.” —The Canadian Press   “Canada’s leading political satirist.” —The New York Times     “A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed—it’s an important distinction.” —Rick Mercer, from his introduction   Within these pages you’ll find every rant that Rick has so brilliantly and blisteringly delivered since the publication of his previous bestseller, Rick Mercer Report: The Book. Together these rants form a chronicle of human folly, mostly featuring politicians, of course, but with honorable mentions going to people who don’t know how to use escalators and Canadian drivers who don’t think they need snow tires.    Is Mercer getting better or are the fools among us getting worse? Whatever the inspiration—Rick Mercer’s ranting has never been stronger or more on target.    There is a loud, cathartic laugh to be found on almost every page here—with the exception of Rick’s impassioned rant on bullying in schools, words that touched thousands of Canadians, went viral and helped widen the debate on a major problem. Also reprinted here is the rant encouraging students to vote, which resulted directly in a campus ballot and outrage in Ottawa.  (People still are still standing on the left on escalators, and the prime minister is still very much the man he was, but you can’t win them all.)   In addition, Rick has authored three new essays specially for this book: the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of his meeting with Rick Hansen, a hero who absolutely was not a disappointment in real life; a heartfelt reflection on public reaction to his bullying rant; and an account of his response—mystified, followed by delighted—to the news that he’d inspired a “vote mob.”   Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick’s travels across Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About will make you proud, will make you think, will make you almost as angry as Rick, and over and over again will make you laugh out loud.


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An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.   “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada.   “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” —The Globe and Mail   “The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” —Toronto Life   “Canada’s hottest TV comic.” —Maclean’s   "Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour.” —The Canadian Press   “Canada’s leading political satirist.” —The New York Times     “A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed—it’s an important distinction.” —Rick Mercer, from his introduction   Within these pages you’ll find every rant that Rick has so brilliantly and blisteringly delivered since the publication of his previous bestseller, Rick Mercer Report: The Book. Together these rants form a chronicle of human folly, mostly featuring politicians, of course, but with honorable mentions going to people who don’t know how to use escalators and Canadian drivers who don’t think they need snow tires.    Is Mercer getting better or are the fools among us getting worse? Whatever the inspiration—Rick Mercer’s ranting has never been stronger or more on target.    There is a loud, cathartic laugh to be found on almost every page here—with the exception of Rick’s impassioned rant on bullying in schools, words that touched thousands of Canadians, went viral and helped widen the debate on a major problem. Also reprinted here is the rant encouraging students to vote, which resulted directly in a campus ballot and outrage in Ottawa.  (People still are still standing on the left on escalators, and the prime minister is still very much the man he was, but you can’t win them all.)   In addition, Rick has authored three new essays specially for this book: the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of his meeting with Rick Hansen, a hero who absolutely was not a disappointment in real life; a heartfelt reflection on public reaction to his bullying rant; and an account of his response—mystified, followed by delighted—to the news that he’d inspired a “vote mob.”   Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick’s travels across Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About will make you proud, will make you think, will make you almost as angry as Rick, and over and over again will make you laugh out loud.

30 review for A Nation Worth Ranting About

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    My favourite television show used to be RICK MERCER REPORT on CBC and when I no longer had a television, I would search for his rants on YouTube. A NATION WORTH RANTING ABOUT by Rick Mercer is a collection of rants he has made on his show from September 30, 2008 to April 3, 2012, and three essays he has especially written for the book. I remember when my daughter and I saw Rick Hansen, "The Man in Motion" rolling along Highway 102 in his wheelchair. Seeing the centrefold photo of Rick Mercer and My favourite television show used to be RICK MERCER REPORT on CBC and when I no longer had a television, I would search for his rants on YouTube. A NATION WORTH RANTING ABOUT by Rick Mercer is a collection of rants he has made on his show from September 30, 2008 to April 3, 2012, and three essays he has especially written for the book. I remember when my daughter and I saw Rick Hansen, "The Man in Motion" rolling along Highway 102 in his wheelchair. Seeing the centrefold photo of Rick Mercer and Rick Hansen bungee jumping brought back that memory. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and especially liked the essay about Rick M. meeting Rick H. Both men are Canadian heroes. Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick's travels across Canada, A NATION WORTH RANTING ABOUT made me proud to be a Canadian. It made me think, and over and over again it made me laugh out loud. I had to keep reading parts aloud to my husband because I knew he would love them! He laughed and laughed out loud, too! I fully agree with the following quotes from the back cover of the book. " From Canada's funniest and sharpest satirist: an all-new collection of ferociously funny rants, plus three brilliantly written previously unpublished pieces, illustrated throughout with photos from Rick's encounters and exploits across Canada." " Canada's leading political satirist." 4 proud Canadian stars ⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    What a fun book full of hilarious takes on what Canada was like in and around 2012. If you're a fan of Rick Mercer I think you'll really enjoy this because although he does mention a few topics that are on the darker side, he still manages to put an entertaining twist onto them. Note: if you're not Canadian or didn't follow Canadian politics during the Harper era, I think much of the humour through this may be lost on you. Sorry. I highly recommend this to anyone for a fun read, as long as you've What a fun book full of hilarious takes on what Canada was like in and around 2012. If you're a fan of Rick Mercer I think you'll really enjoy this because although he does mention a few topics that are on the darker side, he still manages to put an entertaining twist onto them. Note: if you're not Canadian or didn't follow Canadian politics during the Harper era, I think much of the humour through this may be lost on you. Sorry. I highly recommend this to anyone for a fun read, as long as you've followed Canadian politics since so much of this book is tied to making fun of the Harper cabinet.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara Babcock

    Rick Mercer is a national treasure, and if his show hasn’t convinced you of this, then you need to get this book and re-read some of his rants from years gone by. Having been living in the UK for the past year and a half, my opportunities to watch The Rick Mercer Report have been reduced (I could probably get it, but it would require time and effort I don’t really have right now). I bought this book at the airport on my way back to the UK in the new year, because I was worried I would finish the Rick Mercer is a national treasure, and if his show hasn’t convinced you of this, then you need to get this book and re-read some of his rants from years gone by. Having been living in the UK for the past year and a half, my opportunities to watch The Rick Mercer Report have been reduced (I could probably get it, but it would require time and effort I don’t really have right now). I bought this book at the airport on my way back to the UK in the new year, because I was worried I would finish the book I was currently reading. That didn’t happen, but now I’m glad I have this little slice of Canada with me in Britain. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Rick Mercer Report, it’s like a little window into life in Canada. There are two major highlights to the show: the Rant, and Mercer’s visit to some place across Canada. In the Rant, Mercer delivers a minute or minute-and-a-half satirical speech about some topic in current events, usually politics. He speaks directly into the camera while he and a very skilled cameraperson navigate the aggressively urban backdrop of an alley with heavy graffiti. As the name implies, the Rant is an emotionally, if finally honed, invective and invocation. Mercer scathingly criticizes and calls out behaviour he doesn’t like, whether it’s by politicians of any party or just people on the street, and he implores the audience or members of the public to do something about it. The result are often bitingly hilarious, but they can also come off as very pessimistic or cynical. Reading these rants is a slightly different experience from watching them on TV. Mercer’s choice of words becomes more important, and of course you have to imagine the tone instead of hear it. For me, although I was entertained, I also felt a little ashamed of my country. The book has a selection of rants from September 2008 to March 2013. It was interesting to revisit the politics of my country through Mercer’s eyes. I once again experienced the rise of the Harper Conservative majority. I shared in Mercer’s cynicism regarding the leadership races of the Liberals and the NDP—demonstrating that, when it comes to calling out the bullshit, he is quite happy to take aim at the left as well as the right. And, as the years go by and Harper’s mark on Canada becomes more visible, the rants seem to become increasingly critical. Sometimes it seems like things are going from bad to worse. But then you have the other half of the show, in which Mercer visits somewhere in Canada—and it could be literally anywhere, with any one. He has been to the Royal Canadian Mint (and tried to "steal" some gold bars). He has bungee-jumped off a bridge with wheelchair-using Rick Hansen. He visits university campuses across the country, parks, restaurants, etc., often accompanied by a politician, athlete, or some other celebrity. These segments are always fun: Mercer is like a kid in a candy shop; it’s as if every day is his first day on the job after being handed a TV show and told to "go do it". At the same time, Mercer graciously and infectiously highlights everything great about our country. He compliments the pancakes at the Hoito (which are great, but, you know, I’ve had better) and gets into all sorts of shenanigans with some of the least likely accomplices. It seems like Mercer will go anywhere and try anything, and the result is great TV and great moments where he shows the audience the diversity of our country. Of course, these segments aren’t present in this book. Which is why I’m glad that instead it offers "Encounters and Exploits", photos of Mercer’s adventures with his various guests. They are nice breaks between the rants and reminders of this other essential part of Mercer’s show. Because that’s what makes Rick Mercer such a valuable national asset. He simultaneously manages to shame and reassure. His Rants remind us that we are flawed; we are a country of problems that need to be fixed, and they aren’t going to be fixed as long as we stay silent about them. His excursions, on the other hand, showcase the best this country has to offer on the grandest or most modest levels. They evince the title of this book: Canada is indeed A Nation Worth Ranting About, and Mercer is never going to let us forget it. So thank you, Rick Mercer, for bringing a passion and joy to your job and doing it so well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Rick had place his rants and some articles written for various publications all in one place! The trouble is, while he is a good writer and knows what he's talking about, I have no interest in politics, it's just not something I can relate too. And a lot of his rants are about politics, Harper, House of Commons and the like. It's not my thing, but I did skim through a lot of them. What I did like were the rants about random things like snow days! These are things I can relate to! I loved reading Rick had place his rants and some articles written for various publications all in one place! The trouble is, while he is a good writer and knows what he's talking about, I have no interest in politics, it's just not something I can relate too. And a lot of his rants are about politics, Harper, House of Commons and the like. It's not my thing, but I did skim through a lot of them. What I did like were the rants about random things like snow days! These are things I can relate to! I loved reading about his encounter bungee jumping with Rick Hansen, or how he rants how proud he is of grade schoolers raising money for Africa. What really got to me was the deeply personal article in the middle of the book about how he talks about the young man who committed suicide because he was bullied for being gay. Rick talks about his own sexuality, something I've never heard him do before, and talks about how proud he is that this boy was out in high school, in which Rick admitted he never had the courage to do. I'm hoping that this article will be read by other homosexual adults, as he says, who need to start being out role models for younger people. It was a very good read, thank you Rick for writing it. So read this book, because despite my non-preference for politics, it's smart sassy and funny. Love it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    The Good Stuff The chapter on Rich Hanson is worth the price of the book alone Self-deprecating, honest and extremely wise Makes me want to go and vote Was constantly laughing, nodding my head in agreement and on quite a few occasions there may have been snorting laughter (sorry Chapters co-workers in lunch room that day) loved it so much I made it my staff pick at work The chapter on proper escalator and elevator etiquette should be a must read for anyone over the age of 5 (Hmm wonder if he co The Good Stuff The chapter on Rich Hanson is worth the price of the book alone Self-deprecating, honest and extremely wise Makes me want to go and vote Was constantly laughing, nodding my head in agreement and on quite a few occasions there may have been snorting laughter (sorry Chapters co-workers in lunch room that day) loved it so much I made it my staff pick at work The chapter on proper escalator and elevator etiquette should be a must read for anyone over the age of 5 (Hmm wonder if he could writer a chapter on proper uses of hole punches and staplers for kids in College and University) No one is safe from his rants but they are never meant to harm His love of Canada - warts and all - is so very apparent He is willing to try anything Very touching and open for a man who likes to guard his private life & the reason why he opened up is heart breaking (As I mentioned on many, many occasions some people are straight and some people are gay -- get over it - it is none of your business) As a Canadian it is your duty to read this -get thee to your local Chapters/Indigo (and tell them JR from Shawnessy sent you - LOL!) as fast as you can - you will not be disappointed The Not So Good Stuff Wanted it to be longer Do you know how incredibly hard it is to only pick 3 quotes from this Favorite Quotes/Passages "I pledged then and there that someday, come hell or high water, I would be a member of that program - I too would be an astronaut. When I proudly announced my ambition to the class, Miss Barnes said, "Not with your math marks, buster," and my dream fell to earth." A greater man than I would have ignored those comments, studied hard, excelled at mathematics and science and made it into the space program, but I am not that kind of man. More likely, I spotted something shiny and became distracted." "This is what I want to know. How can a guy be smart enough to have a job that lets him drive a $59,000 car and be stupid enough to say he doesn't need snow tires when he's standing next to his Audi that's wrapped around a pole? This is Canada. There's no such thing as all-season tires, just like there's no such thing as all-season footwear." "Being a political junkie in this country is a bit like being a diehard Leafs fan. Year in and year out, they believe they will witness magnificence and magic, and year in and year out, they witness the opposite. But still they continue to show up, cheer, pay through the nose for a hot dog and leave in tears." "So if you're gay and you're in public life, I'm sorry you don't have to run around with a pride flag and bore the hell out of everyone, but you can't be invisible either. Not anymore. Three hundred kids is three hundred too many." (in regards to in Canada 300 kids take their own life each year) Who Should/Shouldn't Read Every Canadian (even those who have no knowledge or interest in politics) Americans - from this they will get to know us a little better 4.95/5 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I heart Rick Mercer. I heart his brains, his rants and his say-it-like-it-is attitude. I just HEART the man! I read this whole book in Rick's voice while picturing him walking quickly through alleys and that made it even better. If you didn't like it try reading it that way..it'll work. I heart Rick Mercer. I heart his brains, his rants and his say-it-like-it-is attitude. I just HEART the man! I read this whole book in Rick's voice while picturing him walking quickly through alleys and that made it even better. If you didn't like it try reading it that way..it'll work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I loved this book, as amusing as his rants on TV

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hella Comat

    Funny but mostly very thought provoking! Would love to read an updated compilation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica James

    Having grown up with Rick Mercer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and his solo show The Rick Mercer Report, I have to respect the guy for telling it like it is. Mercer has been called the ultimate Canadian for having done a myriad of stupid, dangerous (and truly Canadian) things with just about every famous homegrown face in this country. His brand of humour is funny, smart, and thought provoking, all of which he brings to the table in this updated copy of his book "A Nation Worth Ranting About". If yo Having grown up with Rick Mercer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and his solo show The Rick Mercer Report, I have to respect the guy for telling it like it is. Mercer has been called the ultimate Canadian for having done a myriad of stupid, dangerous (and truly Canadian) things with just about every famous homegrown face in this country. His brand of humour is funny, smart, and thought provoking, all of which he brings to the table in this updated copy of his book "A Nation Worth Ranting About". If you've ever watched 22 Minutes or RMR, you will know that Mercer is known for wandering down graffitied alleyways and ranting about everything and anything that makes his blood boil. He's damn good at it and his favourite topic is usually politics. If you want to know what the government has been up to behind the nation's back, Mercer is sure to let you know. This book is a compilation of all his best rants over the past several years and nice little jaunt down memory lane. There were so many government scandals that I had forgotten about, with the 2015 election on the horizon, this served as a nice reminder. Thrown into the mix are a couple of newspaper and magazine articles that he's written along the way and some photos of his adventures across the country. I've spent the past month reading several rants each morning with my breakfast, always a good way to start the day. I really enjoyed though whole thing, I feel that Mercer and I would get along quite well if we were ever to meet face to face. If you happen to swing into the "I love Harper" part of the Conservative party camp though, I may suggest you try something else. This book could make you a little angry. For a book that is entirely filled with the ramblings of an angry man from the Rock, it is not a downer, it makes one thing and laugh and opens the floor to discussion on how this country is being run. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone with an interest in Canadian politics and lifestyle or anyone looking to dip their toes into political waters with out having to drown themselves in the heavy messiness that are big name newspapers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori Bosworth

    Although this is an older book that relates to political events in Canada from 2008-2012, it's full of Rick Mercer's witty and astute observations so it is still a valid read. I miss watching Rick Mercer on his TV show, especially his engaging rants about political screw-ups of the day. Although this is an older book that relates to political events in Canada from 2008-2012, it's full of Rick Mercer's witty and astute observations so it is still a valid read. I miss watching Rick Mercer on his TV show, especially his engaging rants about political screw-ups of the day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I loved this book! Then again, I love watching his show so it seems that I would not be disappointed by this book. Throughout, I kept hearing his voice so it was like he was reading it to me. There are so many laugh out loud moments that I think my family was seriously concerned for me at times. He hits everything right on the mark ... well, that is unless you are a Conservative. Then, maybe you may not enjoy this book so much. Also, the pictures throughout were fantastic. As I was reading this as I loved this book! Then again, I love watching his show so it seems that I would not be disappointed by this book. Throughout, I kept hearing his voice so it was like he was reading it to me. There are so many laugh out loud moments that I think my family was seriously concerned for me at times. He hits everything right on the mark ... well, that is unless you are a Conservative. Then, maybe you may not enjoy this book so much. Also, the pictures throughout were fantastic. As I was reading this as an e-book on the computer (borrowed from the library)it was definitely a different way for me to read. Not necessarily my favorite but since it was the only option for me, it passed the test. Recommendation: MUST READ (especially if you love Canadian politics)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Rick Mercer once again made me laugh out loud while pondering the state of Canada's government. Some people may feel his rants are at times a personal attack on Steven Harper (our Prime Minister), Mike Duffy or some of the MP's that make up our federal government. I'm a huge follower of The Rick Mercer Report mostly because I get his sense of humour and sarcasm plus he always makes me stop and think about current events within our country. Rick is willing to try just about anything whether it ma Rick Mercer once again made me laugh out loud while pondering the state of Canada's government. Some people may feel his rants are at times a personal attack on Steven Harper (our Prime Minister), Mike Duffy or some of the MP's that make up our federal government. I'm a huge follower of The Rick Mercer Report mostly because I get his sense of humour and sarcasm plus he always makes me stop and think about current events within our country. Rick is willing to try just about anything whether it makes him look good or utterly ridiculous, not many people put themselves out there like that. This book was a fantastic mixture of serious and hilarious! I would recommend "A Nation Worth Ranting About" to any Rick Mercer fan.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I'm not a huge nonfiction reader as a rule but I really enjoyed this book. I think Mercer is funny and witty; his ideas are clever and he articulates them well. It does make me shudder to read about what our government is dong to Canada but reading it from Mercer's point of view makes it a bit more bearable. I'm not a huge nonfiction reader as a rule but I really enjoyed this book. I think Mercer is funny and witty; his ideas are clever and he articulates them well. It does make me shudder to read about what our government is dong to Canada but reading it from Mercer's point of view makes it a bit more bearable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie

    I love Rick Mercer, he makes me laugh and think! The material in this book is dated, and yet with another Harper election going on, still relevant! I was laughing to myself while reading this, but when I passed it on to my teen daughter (we live in the USA now) she didn't get most of the references.... I love Rick Mercer, he makes me laugh and think! The material in this book is dated, and yet with another Harper election going on, still relevant! I was laughing to myself while reading this, but when I passed it on to my teen daughter (we live in the USA now) she didn't get most of the references....

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    A funny, yet sometimes sad reflection on Canadian politics since 2008. On one hand chronicling a nation listlessly allowing democracy to dissolve and on the other a reminder of this countries potential for greatness.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Timko

    3 1/2 stars. Love Rick. Had no idea he was gay and don't really care. I think regardless of his sexuality his post rant comments on the gay boy who died would have had just as good of an impact on me. 3 1/2 stars. Love Rick. Had no idea he was gay and don't really care. I think regardless of his sexuality his post rant comments on the gay boy who died would have had just as good of an impact on me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Foggygirl

    A huge fan of Rick Mercer, this book was both hilarious and informative.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ixby Wuff

    An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada. “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” — The Globe and Mail “The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” — Tor An all-new collection of furiously funny rants from the most recent seasons of the Rick Mercer Report plus three brilliantly written, previously unpublished pieces by Rick. Illustrated throughout with photos and snatches of dialogue from Rick’s encounters and exploits across Canada. “[Mercer’s] trademark one-camera rants against the Canadian parliamentary machine are more concise, and more believable, than any campaign ads.” — The Globe and Mail “The comedian of choice for viewers who read.” — Toronto Life “Canada’s hottest TV comic.” — Maclean’s "Week after week, Mercer continues to delight with his alternately giddy and cutting political humour.” — The Canadian Press “Canada’s leading political satirist.” — The New York Times “A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed—it’s an important distinction.” —Rick Mercer, from his introduction Within these pages you’ll find every rant that Rick has so brilliantly and blisteringly delivered since the publication of his previous bestseller, Rick Mercer Report: The Book. Together these rants form a chronicle of human folly, mostly featuring politicians, of course, but with honorable mentions going to people who don’t know how to use escalators and Canadian drivers who don’t think they need snow tires.  Is Mercer getting better or are the fools among us getting worse? Whatever the inspiration—Rick Mercer’s ranting has never been stronger or more on target.  There is a loud, cathartic laugh to be found on almost every page here—with the exception of Rick’s impassioned rant on bullying in schools, words that touched thousands of Canadians, went viral and helped widen the debate on a major problem. Also reprinted here is the rant encouraging students to vote, which resulted directly in a campus ballot and outrage in Ottawa.  (People still are still standing on the left on escalators, and the prime minister is still very much the man he was, but you can’t win them all.) In addition, Rick has authored three new essays specially for this book: the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of his meeting with Rick Hansen, a hero who absolutely was not a disappointment in real life; a heartfelt reflection on public reaction to his bullying rant; and an account of his response—mystified, followed by delighted—to the news that he’d inspired a “vote mob.” Illustrated throughout with photographs and dialogue from Rick’s travels across Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About will make you proud, will make you think, will make you almost as angry as Rick, and over and over again will make you laugh out loud.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Mercer, Beaucoup Now I have to say that I love a good rant, and Rick here, bless his boots, is just about one of the best of the current crop. And Mercer's 'Talking to Americans' has to be the funniest bit of political agitprop next to fellow '22 Minutes' alumnus Mary Walsh's Margaret Delahuntey. Most of the pieces here are short 2 pagers, but some are longer. The best of these is a two parter on the suicide by bullying of teenager Jamie Hubley and the need for adult gay role models so that this Mercer, Beaucoup Now I have to say that I love a good rant, and Rick here, bless his boots, is just about one of the best of the current crop. And Mercer's 'Talking to Americans' has to be the funniest bit of political agitprop next to fellow '22 Minutes' alumnus Mary Walsh's Margaret Delahuntey. Most of the pieces here are short 2 pagers, but some are longer. The best of these is a two parter on the suicide by bullying of teenager Jamie Hubley and the need for adult gay role models so that this thing doesn't happen again. That's followed by a great human interest piece on Man In Motion advocate for the disabled Rick Hansen, describing how Rick (M) took Rick (H) bungee jumping in his wheelchair and nearly killed him. The intended audience though is going to be Canadians because Mercer while wickedly funny is not savage about it, and on the scale of 1 to 100 where Slobodan Milocevic is 0 and Craig Kielburgerd is 105 Canadians are coasting along in the low 80s so many of you non-Cans are going to wonder like Farid, Rick's immigrant friend from Iran, what's the big deal. It's like breaking in on a love triangle between Sheila Copps, John Crosby and their egos; if you don't know who they are then you'll wonder what the fuss was all about. Mind you he nips into the PM so often that I started to feel sorry for the guy and I voted Liberal. The best is when he gushes positive, like the time he goes on about vote mobs or kids raising money for Africa. It's mostly columns written between 2008 and 2012. If you're a Canadian abroad go ahead and make a present of it for yourself - for that end I'd rate it 3.7/5*, but drop that rating a bit per year because it is topical and it will age quickly. As a gift it to a spouse or a friend who isn't I don't think it would work. At some point you sort of had to be here.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    A Nation Worth Ranting About takes you on an abbreviated tour of 2008-2012 politics in Canada. Rick is sometimes funny, but mostly cynical, in his evaluations of the times and the book lacks the uplifting moments often found on The Mercer Report. Yet, his thoughts are often uneven, and sometimes come across as unnecessarily reactionary (at one point he seemingly seriously advocates for the elimination of the house of commons). The problem with this book isn't Rick, rather, it was the political e A Nation Worth Ranting About takes you on an abbreviated tour of 2008-2012 politics in Canada. Rick is sometimes funny, but mostly cynical, in his evaluations of the times and the book lacks the uplifting moments often found on The Mercer Report. Yet, his thoughts are often uneven, and sometimes come across as unnecessarily reactionary (at one point he seemingly seriously advocates for the elimination of the house of commons). The problem with this book isn't Rick, rather, it was the political era in which it was written. Harper was cold, controlling, and regressive as a leader; he wasn't Rob Ford, or GW Bush, whose approaches invited comedy. Harper was a serious robot, and that really doesn't lend itself to the kind of humor that merits a light hearted and superficial revisit to the political era.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diane Anderson

    Rick Mercer is a national icon and I loved his show/rants. I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but then the political side of things, which Rick loves and I don't, took over and I just looked at the pictures from then on. However, I imagine if you're "into" politics, you would be captivated. I particularly enjoyed his rant on snow tires which ended with this: "Driving in the snow is like sex. If you want to avoid accidents, abstinence is the best policy. But if you're going to take a spi Rick Mercer is a national icon and I loved his show/rants. I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but then the political side of things, which Rick loves and I don't, took over and I just looked at the pictures from then on. However, I imagine if you're "into" politics, you would be captivated. I particularly enjoyed his rant on snow tires which ended with this: "Driving in the snow is like sex. If you want to avoid accidents, abstinence is the best policy. But if you're going to take a spin, use protection." A gem for the ages. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    My caveat to this review is that my husband bought this for me for Christmas in error instead of Rick's most recent book...so it wasn't the book I wanted to read. Having said that, there are definitely some interesting anecdotes in this book. Unfortunately, most of the rants are related to Stephen Harper's time as Prime Minister so, from that perspective, it is kind of depressing. Say what you will about Justin Trudeau, I am very glad the Harper days are over. My caveat to this review is that my husband bought this for me for Christmas in error instead of Rick's most recent book...so it wasn't the book I wanted to read. Having said that, there are definitely some interesting anecdotes in this book. Unfortunately, most of the rants are related to Stephen Harper's time as Prime Minister so, from that perspective, it is kind of depressing. Say what you will about Justin Trudeau, I am very glad the Harper days are over.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

    I love Rick Mercer and remember seeing some of the vignettes he includes in the book between rants. The rants reminded me of the political happenings in 2008-2011. I would love to see a more updated version with the current politicians, Canadian issues, and world issues! Hearing Rick rant about a certain president and new premier would be hilarious I believe!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    If you like politics, this is a great book to read. I thought it was interesting and I even learned a few things as I read. I enjoy watching Rick rant on tv better, he makes it funnier then when you read it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Reaume

    Actually laughed out loud

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Certainly interesting going back and reading this book in today's political age. Enjoyable rants that make you laugh, shake your head, nd sometimes cheer on. Certainly interesting going back and reading this book in today's political age. Enjoyable rants that make you laugh, shake your head, nd sometimes cheer on.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    a great book but an even better Newfoundlander

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer McBurnie

    It gets a little repetitive, but a good overview of Canada in the last few years.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mehran Reza

    Entertaining easy to read book. Gave me nostalgia on the timeframe of Canada Post 2009. Great insight politically.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost Host of The Rick Mercer Report on CBC in Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About is a collection of the famous rants that Rick Mercer does on his TV show. Often political, always succinct, Mercer's rants are delivered in his signature voice - full of facts, with a dash of sarcasm and dry wit. Interspersed with photos from some highlight moments on the Rick Mercer Report as well as reflections on the public's reactions to a few of his k This, and other reviews can be found on my blog Just a Lil' Lost Host of The Rick Mercer Report on CBC in Canada, A Nation Worth Ranting About is a collection of the famous rants that Rick Mercer does on his TV show. Often political, always succinct, Mercer's rants are delivered in his signature voice - full of facts, with a dash of sarcasm and dry wit. Interspersed with photos from some highlight moments on the Rick Mercer Report as well as reflections on the public's reactions to a few of his key pieces, A Nation Worth Ranting About is not only a collection of the rants from the show but also illustrates how much this country means to Rick Mercer. He demonstrates why this nation IS worth ranting about, to him. I read this book around the time of the U.S. presidential election, and it made me realize that I didn't know very much about my own country's politics. While Mercer's rants are often laced with humour, I have actually learned so much more about the state of my own nation's political environment. I like to think of Rick Mercer as the Jon Stewart of Canada, a news satirist that pokes fun at politics while educating a similar demographic of audience. Some of the most stand-out rants in this book include the ones he did on young people going out to vote, and the bullying epidemic - especially of gay teens. Not only did it touch people individually, but as a collective group as well. People can look at Rick Mercer as merely a comedian, just like they may think of Jon Stewart in the same way, but both these men have such a powerful and influential voice in the media right now. It's like they are that teacher in school who made learning fun.

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