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I really associate this book with the lead up to and outcome of the last presidential election, and so while I remember really enjoying this a lot at the time I read it, every time I look at it now I get a heavy, sick feeling deep in my bowels, and I kind of feel like killing myself It makes me flash back to riding the train around for work on November 3, 2004 with one of the most soul crushing, emotionally annihilating hangovers I ve ever had in my life I remember staring at an excerpt of Yeats s Second Coming hanging up on one of those little poetry on the subway ads, just numbly reading the lines over and over and listening to Nina Simone singing Oh Child on my headphones, and periodically starting to sob.It was a bad day and, I think, an important developmental milestone I mean, these past four years haven t really been so bad, have they Well, for some others, yeah, but not for me I really felt like that was the end of the world I also felt this profound alienation from the rest of my country that was painful but probably necessary.Anyway, so somehow I associate this book with that time, and with seeing ole Chuck Schumer on the Daily Show a couple days later, just regurgitating the same old exhausted, embarrassing garbage What the American People really want is what the Democratic Party has been offering them all along and Jon Stewart practically shaking him, being like, Don t you fucking GET it, retard Have you been in a COMA all week Obviously they DON T What are you SAYING What is WRONG with you people And Schumer just being like, Er, well, um uh Anyway, so this book, while funny, really depresses me Maybe I won t take it with me when I move. Jon Stewart, Host Of The Emmy And Peabody Award Winning The Daily Show, And His Coterie Of Patriots, Deliver A Hilarious Look At American GovernmentAmerican 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 The Daily Show Writing Staff Offer Their Insights Into Our Unique System Of Government, Dissecting Its Institutions, Explaining Its History And Processes, And Exploring The Reasons Why Concepts Like One Man, One Vote, Government By The People, And Every Vote Counts Have Become Such Popular Urban Myths Topics Include Ancient Rome The First Republicans The Founding Fathers Young, Gifted, And White The Media Can It Be Stopped And what a hoot rtc I know Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, and Colbert are honest and reliable news sources than the rest of the media, I just don t believe it.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 journalist who asks hard questions about the war Why does he seem utterly ridiculous when he simply imitates real people Why is Colbert the one who asked the senator who tried to put the ten commandments in his state courthouses Lynn Westland just what they actually were, showing that the senator could name only three More importantly, why doesn t this invigorate or upset anyone Colbert s White House Press Corp address was the most impressive and honest satire on the state of our politics and the media who serve them The fact that it was the only one should not diminish it.The world is gone mad If Revelation is come, I can only hope that even bad Christians get to go to heaven, because I don t want to be stuck here with the likes of Bush and Westland If I didn t have a front seat to the odd implosion of American culture, I might think about moving to Canada.Oh yes, and Reuters has been bought out. Published on my book blog.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 really funny 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 I must admit, I m quite a fan of Jon Stewart s The Daily Show In a sea of ridiculous immature and unethical news reporting brought to us by the big corporations, Stewart is not only hilarious, but often offers key insight It is sad to me that a comedy show, brought to us by the same network that thought prank calling puppets was funny, has risen to be one the most insightful sources of news and politics That said, America the Book held great promise for me Unfortunately, it fails to deliver.Stewart quickly settles into a predictable shtick of summing up vast swaths of inaccurate history, finishing each paragraph with an amusing exaggeration or silly comment He then backs this up with fake quotes from historical figures It s all well and good, but it gets very predictable very fast The jokes are all very low hanging fruit The sharp, sardonic wit that Stewart is known for on his show are almost completely absent here, replaced with lame, dull jokes that feel like they were written by a much less worthy comedian.There are a few chuckles here and there Few of the jokes are outright bad, most are just hum drum The pattern of it becomes incredibly monotonous say two things that are simplifications but kind of true, follow it up with a silly comment Then have fake Thomas Jefferson say something even silly See how Thomas Jefferson would never have said that It s funny No, it s not funny You ll see the jokes coming from a mile away, and while there are a small handful of snicker out loud moments, they just leave a lot to be desired.Some of the other Daily Show participants chime in with essays here and there Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert Samantha Bee, and others try to enliven the book, but don t succeed any than Stewart himself does The one moment where the book got really interesting was the beginning of the chapter on the media, where Stewart goes on a tirade about the irresponsibility and disgusting immorality of the current state of mainstream news reporting before a fake editor interrupts to put the book back on its mediocre track The moment almost serves as a reminder of what the book could have been, although the passage is far too polemical to be used as a template However, the reader gets the feeling that somewhere behind this book is a insightful, hilarious book that dealt with real issues in a funnier, realistic way.Ultimately, this feels like an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the show and get some extra cash out of it Thus, it feels completely phoned in It s not the worst book ever, and it s just the right length The average reader could crank through it in about an hour and a half It s probably good for a short plane ride, or a couple of stints in the waiting room or post office line Unfortunately, Stewart leaves his readers waiting for him to write a real book.It should be noted that this review refers to the audiobook version of this book. This was a quick read, I hate politics and find it boring and full of nonsensical bull , but I enjoyed this book and even though it is full of slanderous lies I feel I have learnt quite a bit It also raises some important questions like If con is the opposite of pro, then is congress the opposite of progress Most interesting to me was the layout of the judicial system, from lower courts to the Supreme court, all previous knowledge on this subject was gained from watching Boston Legal, I now have a deeper understanding of their treatment of judges.Give this book a go and soon you ll be just like me and ready to start your own democracy, as the final words in the book say Just smash the concepts laid out in this book together and you ll already have something better than North Korea Who s with me I have lost track of the number of pristine copies of this book I have found on the side of the road.I have also lost track of the total quantity of marijuana I have broken up upon the pristine copy of this book I decided to take home.I have also lost track of where said copy ever went It s really the ideal surface size for all your joint rolling needs And no, I never bothered to read the damn book We were too busy getting high and watching True Blood or pretending to read Winterson.Winter, son. 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 attention to detail, well, in some cases, considerably attention to detail , this book would stand as a first rate addition to the literature Prof Stanley Schultz, Evaluation In 2004 America, The Book was let loose on the general public and gobbled up pardon, but it is almost Thanksgiving thousands of missives However, much has changed in the past two years, and the authors have written a sequel, for teachers , or those most learned As the authors say, A sires of well publicized scandals have called into question the very meaning of such terms as plagiarism , authenticity and three year crack binge In one of the paradigm shifts that periodically sweep the publishing world, truth has become this year s bullshit They added Professor Schultz s notations on every page and sometimes his notations are the page All in all, this book has the makings of the US History Book for all ages Where to begin to describe this book, to shed a little light for those who unsuspecting buy the book and become part of the confused masses To begin with there is a Timeline of Democracy from Stonehenge through 1621 when the Plymouth Rock became too crowded and the Pilgrims left The Founding of America, chapter 2 is filled with many mistakes, don t read it Chapter 3 The president King of Democracy has a few good points but go directly to chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 The Congress, The Judicial Branch, Campaigns and Elections and The Media Anything and everything you ever did not want to know is included here You may never vote again after reading these chapters, but so be it Chapters 8 and 9, The Future of Democracy and The Rest of the World are to be read immediately, maybe start with these chapters and work backwards like the politicians do Jon Stewart and his cronies, mmhmm, writers have penned a marvelous book full of lies and deceit Some useful information may be gleaned if you look hard enough Thomas Jefferson wrote the forward and that may be the most important piece of writing in the entire missive I do recommend this book to all serious students of history and those who are not serious at all For everyone and don t forget the teachers Warily recommended for intelligentsia Heartily recommended for the rest of us prisrob 11 19 06. If you are at all familiar with The Daily Show With John Stewart, then you pretty much know what this book will be like Two notes 1 The book is also a parody of school textbooks, from the obvious and great Classroom Activities at the end of each chapter to 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.