- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (Sept. 20 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446532681
- ISBN-13: 978-0446532686
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 223 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction Hardcover – Sept. 20 2004
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Jon Stewart on America (The Book)
Sure, we could write a pithy blurb telling you all about America (The Book), by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show, but it's much easier--and funnier--to let Jon Stewart tell you all about this irreverant new book himself.
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The wit is biting, the references deeply funny, and sometimes it's the silliest stuff that made me laugh: at the bottom of the poster/flow chart on American politics appears the tiny line, "Many Bothans died for this information." For those who catch the reference, absolutely outstanding. For those who catch the reference and don't know why they should consider it funny, not the book for you!
Can easily be read more than once with all the sidebars and interesting illustrations. A great book overall.
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Not so funny as expected, but well written and interesting were and there.
Das Buch kannte ich schon vorher, und ich finde es wirklich gut und empfehlenswert, weil es auf eine intelligente Art witzig geschrieben ist und trotzdem gut über die Geschichte der USA informiert.
Allerdings räumt es auch mit den vielen Mythen auf, die in "Gods own country" vorherrschen.
Nur 3 Sterne gibt es deshalb, weil ich ein Buch mit der Zustandsbeschreibung "Sehr gut" gekauft habe. Aufgrund der nicht wenigen und vor allem sehr auffälligen Knickstellen im Cover, würde ich den Zustand jedoch bestenfalls mit "Gut" bezeichnen.
Da es sich hier um einen gebrauchten Artikel handelt, denke ich schon, dass der Zustand auch mit in die Bewertung einfließen darf.
Das Buch selbst würde im Neuzustand volle 5 Sterne erhalten.
Als man noch in den guten alten Zeiten Jon Stewards daily show in manchen US Sendern fand war ich begeistert.
Leider gibt es die daily show nicht nehr.
Was blieb ist die Erinnerung in Buchform.
Die daily show wurde auch zum Vorbild manch deutscher show.
It's silly and entertaining, quite politically balanced (even if Jon Stewart has been identified as a member of a cultural elite close to Democrats), still it teaches you a lot about America.
Its not awful, its not entirely unfunny, but its nowhere nearly as well written as the TV show.
Its definitely a more gentle satire of American politics than the Daily Show. Maybe they figured the difference lay in the target audience - TV watchers versus book readers. But this is definitely a 'knowing chuckle' kind of experience, as opposed to a laugh-out-loud one.
To summarise - bought it with great expectations, but sold it on in a couple of weeks.
For example, we learn that the president, no matter how much he wants to, cannot 'make' laws, unless of course he calls it a police action. We also learn that "Did you know" is copyrighted by a competing publishing company, so our little sidenotes always begin with "Were You Aware?". There is a also a lovely map that shows (in the familiar boardgame fashion) how to become President, and how to stay President once you are there. Samatha Bee pops in now and again with some information on Canadian government always apologizing for cutting in. The other correspondants have strong opinions as well, and I'm sure they are going to run themselves, just as soon as they can figure out how to take that practice podium home.
This is a very funny book, and a light read that could be made deeper if you want to take its more serious issues to heart. And even though Walmart won't sell it, I still recommend that you buy it. Freedom of speech and all that jazz;)