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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713998946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713998948
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 2.3 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,208 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 By Emma Moss on 2 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
Superb!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim-Jim on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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I'm a big fan of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, but for some reason I'd never felt curious to read any of their books until this year. I considered starting with Earth (the book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, but thought I'd go through this older one first.

I have to admit, when I started I was a bit taken aback. I don't know what I expected, but the first chapter ("Democracy before America") was written with such an unapologetic disregard for History that I couldn't even find it funny, at first. However, once the initial "shock" had passed, this book got funny as hell. It's opinionated, scandalous, hilarious, and so spot-on that my bittersweet feeling of not knowing whether to laugh or get depressed was sustained throughout the whole book.

This is presented in the form of an educational book for children, and since the content couldn't be further away from that demographic, it's doubly funny to see "helpful" diagrams, maps, games and illustration to help the reader understand a little better this wonderful but deeply flawed thing we call Democracy.

Highly recommended. Read with an open mind!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. P. Glover on 7 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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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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