I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous

With biting wit and amusing personal anecdotes, Harry Stein’s “I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican” chronicles the everyday travails and triumphs of the plucky conservatives marooned in the liberal bastions that loathe them, from Manhattan to Hollywood, to all the noxious places in between. Surrounded by the insufferably smug and self righteous – from the angry old lady with the anti-war sign affixed to her walker to the random jerk at a dinner party quoting George Soros – these intrepid souls live in a hostile world; knowing that anytime a neighbor chances to learn their views on affirmative action, big government, feminism, the environment, abortion, multi-culturalism, sex education, the reliability of The New York Times, the scariness of evangelicals or (fill in the blank), his/her face will register stunned surprise and deep confusion. Or worse. Stein gives special attention to those conservatives working in professions dominated by the liberal elite—journalism, publishing, entertainment, and academia—celebrating their guts and sharing in their disdain for the dogmatism of the self-appointed creative and intellectual class. The result is a conservative’s guide to love, work, friendship, dinner party mischief, and staying happy and un-smeared in liberal America.

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By Mike (the Paladin) (Hermitage, TN) · ★★★★☆ · March 09, 2011
I enjoyed this book. For any of you who read Mr. Stein's first book (How I joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (and found inner peace)) this is sort of a follow up. He relates here how in his first "missive" he assumed that his former friends on the political left would read his reasons for a p... ...more
By Bojan (Greencastle, IN) · ★★★★★ · May 07, 2011
This book is a god-send for all conservatives who find themselves living or working in a predominantly liberal environment - Manhattan, San Francisco, academia, journalism, social work, or a myriad other professions or locations where you have to learn how to hid your conservative political outlo... ...more
By Dale (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · January 10, 2014
I am the guy the book is aimed at (a Conservative that is an active member of a teacher's union) and I found it only okay...

To give you an idea about how serious of a conservative I am, my bookmark was a copy of Imprimis (Hillsdale College's free newsletter featuring excerpts from speeches by con... ...more
By karl (Saint Paul, MN) · ★★★★☆ · August 01, 2009
Harry Stein (perhaps about 60) claims he converted from being a liberal at Berkley to being a lonely conservative on the Upper West Side of NY. I found parts of it not only funny, but also written by someone with a lot of wisdom. Just the jacket cover gives you a sense of the contents: "A surviva... ...more
By Will (Kew Gardens, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · August 18, 2014
Pro: It's true. Utterly true. The author does not even mention things like the subway advertisements for Manhattan Storage, which make it clear that only good radic-lib Democrats are welcome customers.

Con: As another reviewer notes, this is more like a collection of vignettes than a book. It do... ...more
By Jeff (Millbury, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · July 09, 2010
This was a book of short little anecdotes from a conservative who lives in ultra-liberal Madison, Wisconsin. It really did capture the essence of being a conservative amongst a bunch of liberals in a lot of places and ways, so I appreciated the "you are not alone"-style feeling that it gave me, b... ...more
By Doug (Twinsburg, OH) · ★★★★★ · March 08, 2010
A great and funny read. Very dry sense of humor that uncovers the liberal for whom they are. ...more
By Cary (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · May 29, 2012
Not so much a survival guide as a collection of anecdotes. Still entertaining and informative. ...more
By Ben (The United States) · ★★★★★ · October 05, 2012
very witty and insightful ...more