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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446583979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446583978
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Colbert was The Daily Show's longest-running and most diverse correspondent. His personality, insight and overall rightness could only lead to The Colbert Report, a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his take on the issues of the day, and, more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. The show has been hugely successful.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 6 2012
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I'm generally a fan of the Colbert Report. This book matches it very closely in its tone and content. If you're a fan of the show and its humor, than this is a five-star book. If you're not, then this book won't be quite as appealing to you. Personally, I laughed out loud 4 or 5 times reading the book, and chuckled to myself at least a dozen times. So I think it's funny, but not necessarily a laugh-riot funny. Again, if you find Colbert that funny on TV, you'll probably enjoy the book just as much.

The book consists of several chapters on topics like jobs, healthcare, elections, the legal system, food, and being drunk. Each chapter starts with a 3D picture of Colbert (the next page has a non-3D version if you don't want to use the 3D glasses included). The text is pretty funny, but it's the satirical footnotes that pack the most comedic punch. Each chapter has a section with Colbert writing a letter based on a character related to that chapter (e.g., a rich guy for elections, a Canadian talking about health care, or a hippie food-grower for food). There's lots of funny pictures too, including fake cut-outs, instructions on how to make a prison shank with the book, etc. The book goes from being somewhat political in its messages to just being funny as the book goes on. Overall I think this is a 4 or 4.5 star book. If you're a fan of Colbert's humor, you'll be a fan of this book. How much you'll enjoy the book depends on how much you enjoy Colbert (so I could see a 5-star fan of the show giving this book 5 stars). I can say this though, in the middle of a US election, it's nice to read something about the US that makes you laugh with it, rather than at it. That alone makes this book worth buying, so I'm happy to recommend Colbert's book. I only wish he was Canadian and could write one about Canada next!
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By Melissa O on Jan. 8 2013
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Bought as a Christmas present for my husband- it was half way finished by the end of Christmas Day. Colbert impresses, yet again. Of course, if your looking for a deep read, look elsewhere. The book is witty satire at its finest, and in my opinion even better than his last!
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Once again, Colbert shows why he is the best at what he does. He masterfully takes us through our pitfalls and made me laugh out loud with his use of irony.

Highly recommended!
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Colbert is awesome. You cannot go wrong with anything he writes.
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171 of 180 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Wit - Oct. 5 2012
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Colbert could be standing in the middle of the Sahara and find something funny about every grain of sand - it's non-stop with him in this book, even more so than his nightly program. His thesis here is that as perfect as America is in every possible way, our country is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're way past the 30-day return window. We don't make anything anymore and we've mortgaged our future to China. 'America Again' provides readers with the Truth we need to get back on the right track that we're already on.

Unfortunately, per Colbert, mere ownership of the book constitutes a non-disclosure agreement not to share the contents with anyone. The book is to be purchased only at full price, and if taken out of a library, the borrower is immediately to call the library, pretend to have lost it, and offer to pay for the copy.

I've often wondered about the numerous claims of 'American exceptionalism.' Colbert clears that up using a quote from Newt Gingrich. "America's exceptional greatness . . . (is) the result of American Exceptionalism.' I really liked getting that cleared up.

Colbert credits our growing into an agricultural power to our Unpaid African Internship Program.' 'We've defeated the Native Americans, the Nazis, and even the metric system' - I particularly appreciate the latter.

Colbert even provides readers with insightful economic philosophy via his parable of "The Aynt and the Grasshopper.' According to Colbert, the ant took what he wanted and did not apologize for his success, while the grasshopper fiddled. When Winter came, the ant heard a knock at his door - the grasshopper was pleading for food. They were then both crushed by the foot of Ayn Rand because the way all the ants worked together in their colony reminded her of Socialism.

Example of the Protestant work ethic - Martin Luther's posting 95 Theses on the door of the local Catholic church. Colbert points out that most of us would have stopped at 12 or so theses, but not Martin. He labored on and on - even without Wikipedia to explain phrases like 'plenary indulgences,' or Spell Check.

His chapter titled 'Healthcare,' appropriately has a $50 co-pay and points out that one of the reasons our healthcare is the world's best is because it is exclusive, with comprehensive care reserved for the elite. On energy, 'we need to stop listening to liberal environmentalists and get that oil out from under the ocean - our children swim there!'

'America Again' doesn't lack for solutions, either. In his 'Easy Solutions,' he suggests retracing our steps to where we last saw our thriving economy, spicing up one of our clunker states (eg. new windows and rat traps) before selling it to a Saudi Prince, limiting maternity leaves to 15 minutes, and singing the National Anthem twice before football games.

My suggestion - read 'American Again' slowly, for full comprehension and appreciation.
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Somehow, Colbert delivers another book of wisdom and genius Oct. 5 2012
By Josh Mauthe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Writing a comedy book is hard under even the best circumstances. Comedy is so much about timing and intonation, and none of that comes through on the written page. And making comedy work when you're putting on a persona can be even harder - how can you remind people that you're winking from behind the character, or that maybe you're not entirely serious about it all? And yet, here's America Again, the second book from Stephen Colbert in character as his gleefully conservative, insanely rich, condescending persona from The Colbert Report, and I'll be damned if he doesn't pull it off for a second time. I absolutely loved I Am America (And So Can You), but America Again may be even better, given how it's focused itself on the current economic situation and offers advice on what America is doing well (just about everything) and the problems with it (mainly regular people). America Again is one of those books that I almost hated to read in public, because with all the time I spent giggling and cracking up, I'm sure I looked like a moron to people around me. But it's all but impossible not to laugh on just about every page of this, from the odd footnotes to the numerous "regular" voices in the book to the gloriously insane methods to help people with things like insurance forms and resume work. Trying to explain just about any of the jokes or commentary here is a losing battle in this small space; suffice to say this is a book that ends with a chapter in which Colbert has transcribed his increasingly drunken celebration that the book is done, complete with doodles of everything from his book to the Statue of Liberty, all with massive breasts attached. And that's not even the weirdest parts of the book. If you're a fan of Colbert and his show, America Again doesn't disappoint in the least. In fact, it may even be better than Colbert's first book - and that's really high praise coming from me.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Apple Pie Oct. 15 2012
By Lee G. Stringer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is hilarious, and as American as apple pie baked and flash frozen in China and shipped to America at a competitive price.
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Can't-put-down book! Oct. 8 2012
By Henry F. Georget - Published on
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Help! I can't put this book down! Somehow it got stuck to my hands (I am typing this with my nose).
80 of 96 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy Kindle version until reconfigured Oct. 16 2012
By F. Korengel - Published on
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I was so excited to buy this book, I downloaded it to my Kindle the first day. I should've realized there was an issue when there was no pre-order available for Kindle before release. This is a mixed media book. There are 3D images that don't appear in 3D, but as two pages on your Kindle. There are footnotes and other small print that you CANNOT zoom in on. As much as I love the humor of Stephen Colbert, I am marking this down because it is not formatted correctly for Kindle users. Buy a hard copy if you can't wait.