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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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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The only book to make me laugh out loud from start to finish.
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?
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 .
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this hard to read as a non-american, the humour makes it confusing as to what is a joke and what is the truth. Sure it's more funny to an american though.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer 32
Interesting and informative along with a lot of delightful humour.Published 8 months ago by Rich In Iowa
If you take the joke at face value (a USA school history book with suitable amendments and comments) it's fine.Published 15 months ago by Mr John j gessler
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.
Lot of fun about politics. You can see that this is not so serious matter as most of us is thinking.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by A. Dalton