Mean Dads for a Better America: The Generous Rewards of an Old-Fashioned Childhood

Mean Dads for a Better America: The Generous Rewards of an Old-Fashioned Childhood

by Tom Shillue


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As a comedian and conservative thinker, whip-smart funny Tom Shillue grounds his ideas about our current culture and political climate in stories from his childhood — a portrait of growing up in 1970s America.

 Growing up as one of five kids in a devout Irish Catholic family in a small town outside of Boston, Tom sincerely believes that the rough-and-tumble, rules-dominated world in which he came of age was a better America—a time and place that made him into the well-adjusted, happy, successful man he is today.

In Mean Dads for a Better America, Tom reminisces about his childhood, his family, and the traditional values he cherishes. He takes us back to a time when neighbors disciplined each other’s children without fear of being sued, when kids made it to the family table for dinner, when parents’ rules were gospel, when the occasional fistfight was considered a fair way to solve a problem, and when children were free to roam, make mistakes, and experience the first tastes of independence.

Tom debates, debunks, and entertains with his hilarious approach to issues of the day, tackling the issues that confound many Americans, like our hypersensitive culture and overzealous parenting. As Tom celebrates the stability of family life and the sanity of days gone by, he encourages us to hold on to our sense of humor and look back at our own lives, as we work towards creating a better future for ourselves and our kids, all while making us laugh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062656186
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 744,883
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Tom Shillue is a popular host on Fox News Channel. He has appeared in his own Comedy Central Special, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comics Unleashed, Broad City, and in the feature film Mystery Team. Shillue has been featured as part of the barbershop quartet on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon along with Justin Timberlake, Kevin Spacey, Steve Carrel, and Sting. In 2013 Shillue released twelve consecutive comedy albums as part of his ambitious “12 in 12” project. From 2012 to 2015, he toured the U.S.A. with friend and fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan. In 2014 he brought his solo show “Impossible” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in 2016 he headlined at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Be Afraid 9

Chapter 2 Be Practical 19

Chapter 3 Be Satisfied 25

Chapter 4 Be Thrifty 39

Chapter 5 Be Competitive 51

Chapter 6 Be Confident 63

Chapter 7 Be Creative 77

Chapter 8 Be Dedicated 85

Chapter 9 Be Reckless 95

Chapter 10 Be Prepared 103

Chapter 11 Be Reverent 113

Chapter 12 Be A Gentleman 123

Chapter 13 Be Yourself 133

Chapter 14 Be Bold 141

Chapter 15 Be Open-Minded 149

Chapter 16 Be(At) It 157

Chapter 17 Be Rogue 161

Chapter 18 Be New Wave 171

Chapter 19 Be Supportive 185

Chapter 20 Be A (Slightly Naïve) Joker 201

Chapter 21 B$$$ Minor 217

Chapter 22 Be Proud 247

Chapter 23 Be Grateful 255

Acknowledgments 271

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