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I Am America (And So Can You!) [Paperback]

Stephen Colbert
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Oct. 20 2009
I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!) is Stephen Colbert's attempt to wedge his brain between hardback covers. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: Faith, Family, Politics...Hygiene.

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Starred Review. As this audiobook opens with patriotic drums rolling, Colbert launches into his introduction, his delivery reminiscent of a sergeant firing up the troops before battle. America is under siege, he declares. And the enemy? The liberal media, Hollywood, heirloom tomatoes and, yes, even baby carrots, which he says are trying to turn me gay. That's the Truth as Colbert sees it, and this audio, as well-produced as an episode of The Colbert Report, is the perfect vehicle for his off-the-cuff (and off-the-wall) humor. A mariachi band plays as Colbert advocates building a 2,000-mile-long wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and spooky music underscores his future opinions (Just because something is unknowable doesn't mean I don't have some strong opinions about it). Periodically, other readers chime in for the Stephen Speaks for Me segments, expertly embodying such characters as God, an old spinster and an overzealous football fan. Those who can't get enough of the Report will savor this savvy satire, including the packaging—which bears a hilarious illustration of Colbert as the Hulk.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You), narrated by Colbert with Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack and Jon Stewart and published by Hachette Audio. —Print This

I Am America (And So Can You!) is available both as a book and as a recording read by the author -- each serving as yin to the other's yang. Why try to imagine Colbert speaking the words on the page when, for a few dollars more, you can actually experience it?—Audio File --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When the television series All in the Family came out, it was quite a sensation when Archie Bunker expressed all of the prejudices that we had come to believe were held by white working class members of society in the 1960s through the early 1980s. Just to be sure that no missed the point that the show was a satire, Archie would argue with his liberal college student son-in-law, Michael Stivic (played by Rob Reiner), to bring out the contrasts to Archie's Neanderthal beliefs. Archie (played brilliantly by Carroll O'Connor) was always happy to be right in his own mind, even when proven wrong.

Part of what made the show so funny was to hear someone espousing prejudiced views in a seemingly sincere fashion, with no apologies to anyone.

Stephen Colbert's book, I Am America, captures that same essential humor as he espouses the prejudiced views of the white conservative person . . . but with no one to argue with him except you the reader in your own mind.

If you have ever watched Mr. Colbert perform on television, I'm sure you'll be like me and hear his voice recounting the one-liners. That made it extra fun for me!

The book has an unusual design that adds to the humor, including room for margin and foot notes to spear the points even harder, fictitious essays by average citizens, humorous photographs and illustrations, puzzles, games, stickers, and even a bound-in book ribbon.

Unlike a lot of humor books, he doesn't shy away from the delicate subjects like religion, sex, homosexuals, evolution, and illegal immigrants. Having seen how much fun he had in those areas, it made me wonder why more comedians don't take these areas in "clean" ways like Mr. Colbert does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Nov. 5 2007
Format:Hardcover
Even if you had accidentally landed on this Amazon page with no intention of buying Stephen Colbert's book, besides becoming 25% more patriotic, you will thank him a thousand times over if you finish reading this one. That's exactly how I started watching Colbert's Report, and I can swear, hands down, that nothing takes priority for me at 8.30 PM EST everyday than watching this man on television. The surprise pack of this book is the Homosexual Agenda (They're prowling. Like a gay pride of lions, according to Colbert) and ''Religion,'' in which ''Stephen'' forces all of us to jump on the ''Jesus Train.' He has also shared with us the complete transcript of his infamous speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner. As you may recall, his remarks fried not only Bush, but the entire D.C. elite. Given that he cut so close to the bone of his audience that the next year they invited Rich Little to be the 'keynote' entertainer so that there would be no 'danger' of anyone saying anything relevant or critical of the elite in D.C. Colbert concludes the reason he wrote the book was because he fears America has lost its balls. He hopes to re-ballify us. He claims he has written a constitution for the Colbert Nation, and agrees we may not agree with everything he had to say. But at the very least, we will understand that our differing opinion is wrong. That's Stephen Colbert!!! I won't be surprised if does an interview of himself by running to that corner left table as he always does. So if you always wanted to become America, go read this book! It's outrageously funny and controversially conservative. You will love it. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's called parody, people! Jan. 4 2008
Format:Audio CD
For anyone with two brain cells to rub together, this book is hilarious. The send-ups of everything from politics to family life is razor-sharp. I particularly liked the photos at the beginning of each chapter- they alone were enough to send me into hysterics. (Warning: do not read this in bed if someone next to you is already asleep!)
If, on the other hand, you think, as some reviewers seem to, that Colbert is actually expounding the hyper-conservative views expressed in this book (and you actually want to Be America, as per the title), then please do us all a favour, and read something besides tabloids for a change. Hey, you're already on this site...halfway there already!
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By Anon-nemo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I don't know what I was expecting... I watch The Colbert Report and I enjoy it, but this was just too much. The TV show I invest half an hour of my time into, and they are 21 minutes (not including commercials) mostly well spent. But with the book, it felt like a bigger investment with a smaller return. More investment money and time-wise, and what I like on TV just didn't work for me in the printed word.
I gave it to my father, who also enjoys watching The Colbert Report, and he really enjoyed the book as well.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail on the head Nov. 7 2007
Format:Hardcover
It's so rare that someone comes along who hit the political and social nail on the head. I AM AMERICA AND SO CAN YOU does that and more. Colbert has a knack for the truth and his way of presenting it so that you're caught off guard is at once compelling and remarkable. Many times it's only after he's moved on that you get the joke. And the thing that will catch those of you who DON'T know about Colbert is this: He LOOKS so Republican but is quite the opposite. Pulling no punches, he covers everything from religion to homosexuality and makes us laugh. But his humor often goes beyond that, exposing hypocrisy and the religious right for who they are. Even Islam is not safe as it is on so many media formats. I do have to say that, even with all this, I did not find the book offensive. Colbert's tongue-in-cheek reminded me of the wit of David Sedaris (his book ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY comes to mind), and the sheer amount of upkeep on current affairs boggles the mind. There's also no profanity in this book, which amazed me, especially now that so many use it in their stand up acts. If you want to laugh, read this stellar book by Colbert. I would also recommend the EXTREMELY funny novel KATZENJAMMER by one Jackson T. McCrae for another hoot. With so much going "wrong" in the world, wouldn't you rather laugh? Cheers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
For anyone who likes the comedic style of Colbert, this book is a must-read. Through his typical humour and storytelling, he makes some very poignant statements about politics,... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by K. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Laugh out loud fun! See also George and Condi: The Last Decayed Beaver Tales and a Canada Goosing (see ArtisanPacificPublishing Website)
Published on May 19 2010 by Reign Chelsin
4.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of a persona
This book was so much fun. I am a sometime fan of both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and for me this book is the apotheosis of Colbert's conservative persona. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2008 by Jack Blatant
4.0 out of 5 stars I Would Say Colbert Is God But I'm Not Allowed To Pray To False Idols
Finally, in an age where Leftism has taken over the media, a book that pumps long and hard through the hogwash and presents us the True America. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2008 by Lee G. Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bipartisan, But Not Really!
You MUST buy this book! You WILL buy this book! If you even go this far, you understand (or maybe, as even I don't completely get it all), you will realize that Colbert's humor is... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2007 by Martin A Hogan
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Steven Colbert is one of the most overrated comedians/political scientists in America.
If he is a comedian, "STOP trying to sell books and have everyone name everything after... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2007 by Brandon Mclean
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not that funny
I borrowed this book from a friend (I know, it's against the rules), but I didn't think it was that good. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2007 by GS
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it get any better? I don't think so.
I like Colbert. Really I do. But in print he is twice the man and twice as funny as on television. If you liked RICK MERCER REPORT and THE DAILY SHOW (book), then this will be just... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2007 by Harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ALL-AMERICAN EAGLE HAS LANDED!
Pardon my typo]s...I am stillll in stiches!!!

If you are a fun of Colbert's show - this is a MUST HAVE! Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2007 by NeuroSplicer
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