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America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

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Book nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.

But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around--we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our futu
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
I listened to an entire audio book! Twice! I mean, sure, it was basically just because I spent 12 of my 48 hours of friends and family Christmas visiting blitz-time alone in my car, and I didn't want to cause a fatal wreck by constantly readjusting the radio station on my cheap ipod plug-in or blindly sifting through scratched CD's while navigating holiday traffic, but how's this for a silver lining? Stephen Colbert reads his own book. Score! He could word-for-word recite Twilight to me like it' ...more
got my advance copy and enjoying it already. jealous?
David Anderson
I would love to write a review on this incredibly funny, and 100% Colbert-esque book, but in the Terms and Conditions that I had to agree to in the first few pages, I had to agree to not share this book or even think about it during sex to delay orgasm. And even to describe the book in an entertaining fashion was to be construed as a rebroadcast. In fact anything I write or create for 24 months after reading the book becomes the sole-property of Stephen Colbert because this book may linger with ...more
Writing his books—America Again is a follow-up to his previous I Am America and So Can You—clearly allows Stephen Colbert to indulge in slightly more surrealistic tangents than he can on his show. I recommend listening to this one in audiobook, because I think Colbert's voice and his bone-dry delivery really helps to sell some of those moments, which I think might otherwise read a little flat on the page. Some of the humour can be a little juvenile, but there are layers upon layers of quite sati ...more
If you like Colbert, you'll like the book; if you don't like Colbert, you won't like the book -- it's actually that simple. Colbert didn't write the book on his own, but the humor is relatively the same as that of his show. I highly recommend the audiobook for this reason because having Colbert actually read the book makes it massively more entertaining than sitting down and reading through what is much like a script of a long episode of Colbert Report. For fans, give it a chance, as I thought t ...more
I absolutely LOVE Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart cuts through all the flak and crap and actually TELLS ME what's happening in the political arena, while Stephen Colbert basically tells me what's NOT happening -- see, whatever he says, you basically think he means the opposite: simple!

That being said, I was soooo ready to dive into this book.

I've read "I Am America (And So Can You!)" by him, so I was ready for something similar.

What I got was a meaner and raunchier sequel.

I haven't
Jenny Maloney
"If there's a better book than this, I haven't written it." ~Stephen Colbert, quoted on the back of American Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

I think the first book review of the year should set the tone for the rest of the year. And what better way to start the year 2013 than reading and reviewing the book that has everything? In fact, it has so much of everything that I used every single one of my shelves to label it. I'm pretty sure that I'm still short a couple subjects.

Jose Moran
I don’t know how to feel about this book. I finished it a few days ago and I felt like it was more of a relief to finish it than any other emotion. Let me tell you my 5 month history with this book.

I ordered it in mid-December because it was on sale and my friend said it was a good book to read. I had been exposed to Stephen Colbert’s show a few weeks before so I took a chance. All of my books got delivered except this one and I didn’t notice until a month later. I called Barnes and Noble and th
While this book had me giggling and obnoxiously telling family at Christmas what I was laughing at, I lost interest about halfway through. The writing style, while amusing, critiques American society to some extent but then leaves you mostly unfulfilled as it never quite drives the point home. I know, I know, it's satire; it's only meant to make you think! I simply felt that much of this book pointed out obvious flaws in American or other contemporary societies' rhetoric (immigrants bad! guns go ...more
I do so adore Stephen Colbert. Jon Stewart is good, too, but Colbert's satire has a sharper edge to it, cutting deeply and swiftly to the core of an issue, whereas Stewart is more of a blunt instrument, hammering away at his ideological opponents. Anyway, my point is that Stephen Colbert is quite possibly the most brilliant satirist of our time. So of course I enjoyed this book thoroughly. He addresses current political hot potatoes very effectively, all while snarking in the background about Am ...more
What a disappointment. And I didn't come in with high expectations, so it's really saying something for me to have been disappointed.

This book isn't funny. The moments that made me laugh were few and far between, significantly fewer than those in I Am America (And So Can You!). The writing is over-the-top. It's so excessive that it's totally unrealistic and unbelievable, and comes across as just plain dumb. Colbert is a smart, funny man, and can be a great satirist, but after awhile, it falls fl
Armed with 3D glasses, America can reclaim its greatness through the wisdom of Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A. The comedian discusses American Exceptionalism, the inherent greatness of the American way of life. Regardless of their consequences, Colbert reaffirms the established American traditions of jobs, healthcare, Wall Street, energy, elections, justice, and food. His arguments are embellished with hilarious images, graphs, testimonials and questionnaires.
Colbert uses his con
Erin Cataldi
LOVED this!! I love satire so it's amazing that I haven't gotten around to reading Stephen Colbert sooner. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version because it's narrated by the Colbert himself. Laugh out loud funny, this audiobook may have listeners careening out of control on the highway. It's that good.

Colbert breaks his book apart into the following sections: American exceptionalism, jobs, healthcare, Wall Street, energy, elections, justice, food, easy solutions, and "I am Drunk
Adam Bender
First off, the audio-book version of this is totally worth it. Colbert reads it all himself, and even puts on some some crazy accents for the "My Turn" sections (allegedly written by real people).

But is it funny? Well, do you think Stephen Colbert is funny? You do? Then yes. Yes it is. The best part for me is how current the topics are. You get chapters on jobs, healthcare, elections and Wall Street -- everything that Obama and Romney love to fight over!
Kevin Lanahan
I like Colbert's snarky satire, but, possibly because it the the height of the campaign season, I had difficulty doing anything more than skimming this book. It is everything you would expect from one of his books, and is an excellent follow-up to "I Am America", but I think I will have to wait a year before I can appreciate this book.

Poit Holmes
I listened to the audio book when I got tired of elijah wood saying the n word on another audiobook. This was a great listen. Very poignant and I will definetly listen again. Fun and really quick!
Israel Rogers
All I have to say is the " Mrs Haversham shit brownies at the bake sale," analogy was one of the most cogent, true and hilarious analysis of the housing bubble burst I've seen in print to date.
Some days I think Stephen Colbert is the funniest man in America. But not today.

This book did have some truly laugh-out-loud moments, but fewer & farther between than I was hoping for.
Very very funny. Read the whole thing in almost one setting.
Fun book for Colbert fans. I miss his show.

Stephen Colbert. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will anyway.

In AMERICA AGAIN: RE-BECOMING THE GREATNESS WE NEVER WEREN’T, Stephen Colbert explains, in ten chapters, why America is exceptional. He covers jobs, healthcare; Wall Street, energy, elections, justice, and food, then offers some easy solutions. The book also includes 3-D glasses which are useful for a full appreciation of the pictures at the beginning of each chapter.

In the Wall Street chapter, he explains the 2008 Wa
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Listened to this audio book because I love Stephen so much and thought it might be a hoot with him reading it. And it was very funny.... BUT I think I may check it out from the library to compare. And his reading speed was quite fast and sometimes I wanted to just slow it down slightly. But I enjoyed it. I could do without so much bad language, but imagining a Texas gun-totin' conservative, it's not hard to imagine that language.

His rant on the most popular dr
Matthew Green
Colbert (and his writing staff, of course!) at his finest. Where I felt as if in his first book, they held back a bit, not certain if the full style would come across in written format, Colbert was in his full glory in this second book. The 3D glasses bit was a bit gimmicky, but that was the point, I imagine, and always giving a regular photo along with the 3D effect prevented it from becoming distracting.

It became obvious after a while that there is at least one Canadian on the writing staff, a
Ryan Turowski
There's a very easy test to know whether you will like this book: do you like Stephen Colbert's TV show? If so, you can safely grab this book and know you'll probably have an easy, amusing, sometimes laugh-out-loud experience.

On the positive side, it was a consistently amusing read that has enough variation within the chapters to keep any kind of reader interested. There are 3D images (new copies of the book come packaged with glasses, I never used them), infographics, and extended jokes in the
Robert Federline
"Many a truth is spoken in jest." Stephen Colbert is a wonderful reminder of this truism. He has a very quick wit. He is a (generally) conservative political pundit who uses humor to examine people's positions and causes them to reevaluate their stands.

Obviously this book cannot be taken at face value, even when it features the face of Stephen Colbert. The book is, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. In other places it is embarrassing in the way it captures and highlights failings in our current cul
It is a surreal experience to read a book where literally every line comes dripping with sarcasm. It can easily wear on you, much like Colbert's previous book or even Jon Stewart's similar tomes tended to do. Still they make for a great read, especially when taken in in small segments, such as during a bathroom break for a quick #2 or a bathroom break for a lengthy #1. However, this edition seemed to read a bit more fluidly (sorry, I am typing this during a lengthy #1) and I found myself sitting ...more
Audio version is a must. Almost crashed my car a couple times laughing. Loved the Berkeley locavore and the seagull "My Turn" segments. Great writing and excellent acting. More like a radio play than a book. Colbert is awesome and his writing team is as well, which is extensive and credited at the end.
Fred Forbes
If you are a Colbert fan, you will probably enjoy this in audio book format as I did. It lets him put even more spin on the topics in his unique style. Fans of extreme sarcasm and off the wall humor relating to current events will enjoy the rant.
I'm a huge fan of Colbert. I will gladly watch his show and even chant "COLBERT COLBERT COLBERT" And I liked this book, I did. It's terribly amusing. It's incredibly hilarious. There is many a funny one-liner, after one-liner, after one-liner.........after one-liner. And that's where my problem lies. Without a story or characters, no matter how funny the one-liners are it becomes very difficult to read a book of one-liners. If you are interested in this I would HIGHLY suggest the audio book inst ...more
Ryan Boomershine
Really funny, sometimes irreverent, drivel. Filler book for a certain slot in my audio life. Belly-laughing was frequent but value was otherwise low.
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