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If you like your lefty politics over-the-top and below-the-belt, John Tirman’s your man. He’s put together a 246-page list of 100 Ways America Is Screwing Up the World. It’s one part safe-and-predictable, one part overstated. Tirman warms up with a list of the grievances you’d expect: television, the Cold War, and nuclear weapons. Then out of nowhere, at number 70 on the list, is “The Deadly Reach of Patio Furniture” (only slightly more prolific than Paris Hilton, number 90). You can expect a chapter on SUVs, as well as some fun facts about Brits who buy muddy water for 15 bucks per liter to spray on their Ford Expeditions. At times, however, 100 Ways can be too easy, bordering on cliché: Hardly anything Tirman has to say hasn’t already been sold as a bumper sticker. Ask Tirman which ones he keeps on his car when he discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Megan Maher)