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The Real Thing

(1980)
A Book That Separates the Men from the Boys, the Wheat from the Chaff, And the Bogus from the Bona Fide
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You may already know that Belgium is the most boring country on planet Earth, but do you know why? Or what makes the Mark 44, Model O Lazy Dog Missile Cluster, the sexiest piece of military hardware on wheels? Or how LSD edged out all contenders as the Platonic Ideal of illicit drugs?

From cities to sitcoms, from scotch to soda, from English monarchs to French movies, The Real Thing is a compendium of the quintessential, providing definitive answers to some of the most compelling questions of our time: What confection out-cholesterols the competition? Why is The Country Club the country club? Which Charlie Chan proved the least scrutable?

Author Kurt Andersen's pithy pronouncements sparkle with wit, sophistication, and a healthy dose of skeptical good humor as he strips world culture of accumulated hype and accepted wisdom, laying bare the sine qua nons and the ne plus ultras in a sassy series of satirical essays that give credit where credit is due while simultaneously foreclosing on the bogus, the ersatz, the would-be, and the has-been. The Real Thing is the real thing. These days, that's really something.

    

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Hardback Editions

October 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: The real thing: A guide to separating the genuine from the ersatz, the man from the boys, and the wheat from the chaff
Author(s): Kurt Andersen
ISBN: 0-385-14636-1 / 978-0-385-14636-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

December 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Real Thing
Author(s): Kurt Andersen
ISBN: 0-8032-2055-3 / 978-0-8032-2055-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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February 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Real Thing: A Book That Separates the Men from the Boys, and the Wheat from the Chaff, and the Bogus from the Bona Fide
Author(s): Kurt Andersen
ISBN: 0-03-060037-5 / 978-0-03-060037-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
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