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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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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 really like the Daily Show, so I thought this would be a great book to take on holiday and have a good laugh over. But I was wrong.
Its not awful, its not entirely unfunny, but its nowhere nearly as well written as the TV show.
Its definitely a more gentle satire of American politics than the Daily Show. Maybe they figured the difference lay in the target audience - TV watchers versus book readers. But this is definitely a 'knowing chuckle' kind of experience, as opposed to a laugh-out-loud one.
To summarise - bought it with great expectations, but sold it on in a couple of weeks.
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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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America (The Book) is the most elaborate satire you will ever see of a civics text. I found myself marveling over the detail and the amazing amount of work that must have gone into producing something so original.
It would be easy to write such a satire without having a profound understanding of the weaknesses of American government processes and leaders. But America (The Book) is blessed with writers who obviously know their history and subject well. As a result, for those who do not know American government and history very well, this book will be a real eye-opener.
American democracy has achieved a near-religious status in American culture, and it's very healthy to have some air taken out of the pomposity that often surrounds that kind of awe. Our system's greatest strength is that it happens to be better than the alternatives . . . but has plenty of room for improvement. I applaud the authors and designers of this book for creating a book model that will undoubtedly spawn many look-alikes focused on other subjects. All of that will be to the good.
At its best, the book is both witty and insightful. At its worst, it is mindlessly profane to no purpose and panders to the lowest common denominator (such as the extensive use of sexual and bathroom humor). Unfortunately, the profanity and pandering dominate the wit. The authors clearly have the talent to have produced a book that was virtually all wit . . . but elected not to do so. That's a shame.
The Foreword by Thomas Jefferson raises the reader's hopes. It's a brilliant satire.
But the book quickly falls down in chapter 1 with a not very thrilling section on Democracy before America. The founding of America is more history than most people will want to read a satire of.
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