The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (the Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race Hardcover – 21 Sep 2010
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This is why I invented the printing press (Johannes Gutenberg (1398–1468))
This is why I invented fire (Grok (75,456 BC–75,414 BC))
A remarkable achievement. The essence of the planet - indeed humanity itself - conveyed in one beautifully illustrated GET AWAY FROM MY SPEECH SYNTHESIZER book. An absolute must-read for STOP TOUCHING THAT I HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED THIS BLURB any human being MY LAWYERS WILL SUE YOUR ASS BACK TO THE BIG BANG. (Dr Stephen Hawking) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Jon Stewart was born in New York and lives with his wife and kids in New York City. He has won various Emmys of his own and hosted the Oscars twice.
The Daily Show team includes Ben Karlin (The Onion), Steve Colbert (The Colbert Show) Samantha Bee, John Hodgman and Demetri Martin (Important Things)--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is definitely more for toilet reading as you can start to predict the jokes before you get to them. There are a lot of references to American pop culture and the like but the great thing about it is if you buy it early enough you can read it and give it to you brother for Christmas.
Maybe it's just the switch of media - writers used to working in TV not being able to translate to print - but far too many of the jokes are flat, dull and obvious. Maybe I've just been spoiled by the various books from The Onion (The Onion's Our Dumb World: 73rd Edition being probably the nearest to this book in subject matter, but I'd really expect so much more from the writers of a show that so consistently hits the mark both comedically and politically.
After reading America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, I knew better than to expect a hilarious book from the writers of the Daily Show. In fact, while undoubtedly funny at times, the tone is mostly sarcastic, and I found this book to be utterly depressing. Humanity is so incredible, and at the same time so incredibly ridiculous.
It's by no means complete, literary or comprehensive, nor was it meant to be. Recommended as an easy to read, difficult to swallow account of the human madness.
As anyone familiar with the Daily Show or Jon Stewart himself will testify to, the show is responsible for not only some of the most cutting and incisive political comment & satire but one of the most amusing forms thereof in the daily programme.
I suppose on some levels this shouldn't really work. A daily political show writing a guide to anything and everything on the planet in it's entire history, but strangely they're the perfect people to do such a thing.
There are "expert" guides to humans, animals, the planet, and all manner of different forms of our civilisation has taken, all lovingly parodied into oblivion.
In much the same way as the television show, it lures you into a false sense of security by seeming like something so thoroughly respectable, staid and upstanding (read: bland) while at the same time subverting each "definition" as a means of not only getting a laugh but in a lot of cases making strong contemporary points.
Put it this way, if you enjoy creasing the corners of the skin above your teeth while reading, buy this book.
You won't regret it, you'll veritably love it. And if not, take it up with Gore Vidal. Because he'll care a lot more than me.
Although there's no "see inside" the book option here in Amazon I can tell you it looks like a DK-encyclopedia book inside. That means there is text here and there, several images per page and a few full text pages to start the chapters and scattered around. You might love the format or you might hate it.
The Daily Shor fan I gave this too kept laughing every 5 minutes so if you're buying it for a good laugh it is garanteed.
An inside view of human lack of responsibility.
I highly recomend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does not work!! only the first 5 audio file in each CD plays!!! I can't believe I paid this much for such a useless product!!! I should be refunded for thisPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I see few negligible bends on the surface, but that's propably why it is cheaper that it should be.Published 11 months ago by Artur Szczypta
Incredibly funny, witty and intelligent, always good to open and laugh, think and discuss - one of the best books in my house!Published 18 months ago by aurin rader
... and she loves it. If you love Jon Stewart and books, then there's a good chance you're going to love this.Published on 22 Aug. 2013 by Tilly
John Stewart and the rest of the daily show writers have made a fantastic book that is both funny and thought provoking.Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by arunakantha Siriwardana