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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction | [Jon Stewart, The Writers of <I>The Daily Show</I>]

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Funny. Irreverant. Historic. If American history had ever been presented this poignantly, more of us might have paid attention. Stewart and friends run the gamut: republicans and democrats, deadpan and laughable, serious and totally absurd. The vast array of comedians each deliver hilarious soundbites and yet the book comes together with stunning coherence. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

Termed a "political king-maker" by Newsweek, and "the Dan Rather of infotainment" by Vanity Fair, Jon Stewart, along with the writers of The Daily Show, combines his riotous wit and razor-sharp insight in this hilarious book.

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 Audiobook), 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.

Among the topics:

  • Ancient Rome: The First Republicans
  • The Founding Fathers: Young, Gifted, and White
  • The President: King of Democracy
  • The Supreme Court: 18 Legs, Four Tits, One Mission
  • Running for Office: What Are You Thinking?
  • The Media: Can It Be Stopped?
  • The Future of Democracy: The Constitutional Robocracy and You!

    This program contains explicit language.

    (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks

  • What the Critics Say

    • Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2005
    • Quill Award Winner, Audiobooks, 2005
    • Grammy Award Winner, Best Comedy Album, 2005

    "Cheeky, irreverent, and playfully ingenuous....This humorous sendup of American politics never fails to entertain, poke fun, and provoke thought." (Publishers Weekly)
    "The devil's own comedic handiwork, a side-splitting guide to the abuses and absurdities built into our political processes and institutions....Sustained clever writing and a smart, durable premise....As with Mr. Stewart's priceless anchorman persona and his show's hawk-eyed editing for real news gaffes, there is enough truth here to make America almost as instructive as it is sly." (The New York Times)

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      P. Levine Washington, DC USA 07-14-05
      P. Levine Washington, DC USA 07-14-05 Listener Since 2005
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      "Boring"

      I decided to get this book as one of my free books when I did a free trial because I had heard both positive and negative reviews and wanted to find out for myself. Now I wish I hadn't wasted the credit. While I am a fan of "The Daily Show" I found this audiobook to be unfunny and boring. The four chapters I listened to seemed to drag on forever.

      Save your money and your credits and get something else.

      0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Tim Keller, TX, USA 07-13-05
      Tim Keller, TX, USA 07-13-05
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      "Cynicism lacks wit"

      I thought this book would be an entertaining synopsis of American History. Instead I found this book full of potty humor and fabrication. It's a shame that the author thinks so little of its audience. There are plenty of humorous and ridiculous stories about the founding of our country without resorting to cheap shots and make believe. Perhaps next time the author will do his homework.

      0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Tim Westborough, MA, USA 02-08-05
      Tim Westborough, MA, USA 02-08-05
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      "Ok listen ... nothing great"

      This was a decent listen but not great ... certainly not as good as the ratings indicate. Humorous walk thru of history and presidents.

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      Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 10-26-04
      Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 10-26-04
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      "Political History & Civic affairs - Dirty overview"

      Although I don't watch The daily Show, I saw Jon Stewart promoting this book on The Tonight Show and he was actually very funny and cracked me up. I bought his audio book the very next day.

      The book is nothing like what I anticipated it to be. One of the earlier reviewers is right - A couple of laughs and after about 90 mts, I couldnt tolerate it anymore.

      The book's title should be enhanced to read 'America - Quick, (irksome,) and dirty overview of our political History & Civic Affairs'

      3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer San Diego, CA United States 11-02-09
      Amazon Customer San Diego, CA United States 11-02-09 Listener Since 2004
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      "How do you spell "boring""

      One word to describe this book, boring

      0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Judie tamarac, FL, USA 10-23-07
      Judie tamarac, FL, USA 10-23-07
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      "disappointing"

      I love Jon Stewart on his TV show..... was disappointed in the language and content here

      0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Beverly New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-28-04
      Beverly New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-28-04 Member Since 2004
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      "Trash"

      I listened to Ann Coulter, Bill Maher, and then Jon Stewart, et al, in that order, 2 weeks before the 2004 election. This "reading plan" was perfect for contrasting the three works: the intelligence level of the content decreased as the profanity increased.

      Without the repetition of the F-word, "America (The Audiobook)" would last less than an hour. If the lies about Jefferson and Sally Hemmings (debunked in Coulter's "How to Talk to a Liberal") were removed, there would be 30 minutes of bad jokes, snide comments about Jesus as the only true judge, and references to Saturday morning cartoons.

      The only positive was 5 minutes of accurate descriptions of talk show hosts.

      This was a waste of my time and money.

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      Doctor Steven 05-17-05 Member Since 2002

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      "Not bad --- TERRIBLE"

      This may be the worst book I have ever listened to. It is not funny. It is not entertaining. It is not educational. It is not useful. It is an utter waist of time and money. It is one of the only books I felt I had to dispose of after getting only 37 minutes into it.

      1 of 13 people found this review helpful
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      Chris Titusville, FL, USA 02-15-06
      Chris Titusville, FL, USA 02-15-06 Member Since 2005
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      "America (The Audiobook)"

      Do not read this book unless you think America is the most evil disfunctional country to soil the face of the earth. A disgrace of liberal profanity.

      0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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      John Richardson 09-06-04 Listener Since 2003
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      "America invented democracy?"

      I'm sorry funny guy, but it was the Greeks who famously invented democracy, not the Americans.

      2 of 74 people found this review helpful
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