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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction [Hardcover]

Jon Stewart , Ben Karlin , David Javerbaum
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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6 Oct 2005
American democracy is the world's most beloved form of government, which is why so many other nations are eager for it to be imposed on them. But just what exactly is it? Jon Stewart and his fellow patriots from the Emmy-winning The Daily Show finally deliver the answer. They offer their insights into a unique system of government, dissecting its institutions, explaining its history and processes, and exploring the reasons why concepts like 'One man, one vote', 'Government by the people', and 'Every vote counts' have become such popular urban myths. Includes such favourites as Ancient Rome: The First Republicans; The Founding Fathers: Young, Gifted and White; The President: King of Democracy; The Supreme Court: 18 Legs, Four Tits, One Mission; Running for Office: What Are You Thinking?; The Media: Can It Be Stopped?; The Future of Democracy: The Constitutional Robocracy and You!

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (6 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713998946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713998948
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 21.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Stewart got his first big TV break as the regular Guest Host of The Larry Sanders Show. Known for his sardonic, dead-pan sense of humour, he became a star in his own right when he took over as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in 1999. Since then he has received extraordinary critical and popular acclaim and has emerged as the most watched and talked about satirist in America.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius. 2 Jan 2005
Jon Stewart and his team at the Daily Show have done themselves proud once again. America the Book is a fantastic satirical look at the USA from the colonial era to present day and I am sure will be a set text for students the world over in years to come. Stewart's unique style makes reading this book a joy from start to finish, complete with pictures, diagrams and comprehensive flow charts to get anyone who struggles to criticise the worlds only super power a top grade in cynicism.
The only book to make me laugh out loud from start to finish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it on the train - if you dare 26 Feb 2005
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This is a very funny and witty book - even for those of us who only take a swiftly passing interest in news media or politics. If you enjoyed the likes of Have I got News for You, Brass Eye and remember the Friday Night Armistice, you'll have some idea of the tone - hit and miss satire(though more hit), with a few laugh-out-loud moments.
The textbook format makes the heavy subject matter amusing, light and, I daresay, fluffy even. It's quite clear that the writers know their stuff! It doesn't pull any punches and you get the feeling that there was a whole lot more that even they thought might be too objectionable to keep in. The book was even banned in Mississippi libraries, albeit for one night.
If you're reading this, you're probably a UK fan of the Daily Show. The only question it raises is this: when do we get our own version?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Nov 2007
By Jim-Jim
Undoubtedly the best history book ever written for America by Americans. Tackles every single (interesting and important, of course) facet of American culture with fun, verve and zest. Great, great fun. Retains the zip and punch of the tv show. Get it - now!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is excellent readingabout the political history of the USA . It takes a closer look at the gloosed over image of Bush , Cheny and co and makes them look idiotic .
I particicularly liked the coloumns written by The Daily Show correspondents, (Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Samantha Bee and Rob Cordry). This is a great book for fans of The Daily show and The Colbert Report.Anyone whois not a fan will become one after reading this .
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3.0 out of 5 stars America: A Citizen's guide 24 Nov 2013
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It's a good book, but a little boring. Read it very slowly.
Not so funny as expected, but well written and interesting were and there.
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