America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
American-style democracy is the world's most beloved form of government, which explains why so many other nations are eager for us to impose it on them. But what is American democracy? In America (The Book), Jon Stewart and Th...more
It provides a few LOLs (oh those LOLs...love 'em!) and is a great read for the show's fans, a good one for liberals in general and a tolerable one for Republicans who can take a joke.
I listened to the audiobook, because I wanted to hear the actor's delivery. Hell, I'm not even sure this is available in anything but audiobook. But that's probably just me trying to imagine what I see as unimaginable. What was truly unimaginable to me w...more
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 cou...more
Ironically, it is that same gap between knowledge and belief that has resulted in this sad state.
the reactionary, opinionated pundits keep talking down to these little basic-cable comedy shows, but the fact that their feathers are so ruffled shows that they are afraid, and that they consider this to be as serious as the rest of us.
Why is Stewart the journa...more
I Laughed, I Cried,, I Wept A Little, and Laughed Again, 19 Nov 2006
"This book has many fine qualities, but its cavalier disregard for accuracy of quotations, its insufficient scholarly documentation, its often quixotic use of illustrations, and its frequent usage of inappropriate language and word choices all detract from its virtues. With just a little more attention to detail, (well, in some cases, considerably more attention to detail), this book would stand as a first-rate addition to the...more
(1) The book is also a parody of school textbooks, from the obvious (and great) "Classroom Activities" at the end of each chapter to more subtle touches like the bold text used for key vocabulary words.
(2) There is a fair amount of profanity, sometimes used well but sometimes a jarring attempt at a cheap laugh.
In my opinion, Jon Stewart's wit, sarcasm and wry insight just doesn't translate well off the small screen and into print.
When does the movie version come out?
I can't help but compare this to Stephen Colbert's first book, I am America, which is so thick with satirical irony that if I listen too closely it makes my head hurt. America (The Book), in contrast, is laced with satire as well as just plain silliness, making it a lighter, more enjoyable read. I particularly loved the "educational" format of the book, particularly the di...more
“A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy. It serves to inform the voting public on matters relevant to its well - being. Why they’ve stopped doing that is a mystery. I mean, 300 camera crews outside a courthouse to see what Kobe Bryant is wearing when the judge sets a hearing date,...more
Disclaimer: I wish my husband, who is a history teacher, could share this book with his students, but it has too many swear words.
So parents, if you have a child that's not doing so well in history or government class and you want to find a way to engage him / her, buy this book. With the amount of swearing children are exposed to these days, I think this book offers far more benefits t...more
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Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but later branched out to...more