The Official Heckler Handbook.
The Official Heckler Handbook
The Lyons Press
c/o The Globe Pequot Press
246 Goose Lane, Suite 200, Guilford, CT 06437
9781493024513, $16.95, PB, 240pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In general terms, a heckler is a person who harasses and tries to disconcert others with questions, challenges, or gibes. Hecklers are often known to shout disparaging comments at a performance or event, or to interrupt set-piece speeches, with the intent of disturbing performers and/or participants. While any sports fan can yell offensive and stupid things at anyone else, it is only the best that are true hecklers. Good hecklers are game-changers as valuable in their way as LeBron James is to the Cavaliers or Tom Brady to the Patriots. "The Official Heckler Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Offending and Irritating the Enemy" is the essential instruction guide that is specifically written for and about hecklers, as well as for all fans who are ready to make a real difference on behalf of their teams and their players. "The Official Heckler Handbook" is packed from cover to cover with outrageous illustrations, can't-miss sidebars, real-life anecdotes, and expert advice.
"The Official Heckler Handbook" covers: Great moments in heckling history; The best hecklers of all time; Heckling in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, etc.; The most effective lines of attack; Strategic heckling locations; Verbal and nonverbal heckling; and much, much more.
Critique: Eyebrow-raising from start to finish, "The Official Heckler Handbook" can be interpreted either as a hilarious joke, or as a primer for maximum rudeness, hopefully without crossing the threshold into illegal behavior! "The Official Heckler Handbook" makes a great gag gift (as long as the recipient doesn't take its advice too seriously), and will prove to be an enduringly popular and unique addition to community library collections for its sheer fascination value. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Official Heckler Handbook" is also available in a Kindle edition ($10.99).