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.
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This program contains explicit language.
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"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)
Although I knew, having watched Jon Stewart on TV, that he could be fairly shallow - in a funny way - I guess I expected this to be a really sharp commentary on the pathetic nature of our current government and even the history of the form of government. I felt like I was sitting in a high school classroom with the remedial kids and a teacher who was trying desperately to get us to laugh so that we might not be distracted. Just such a disappointment - talk about speaking to the lowest common denominator... I try to pretend that Americans are not generally as ignorant as we actually are - but this book - given it's great success proves that we are pretty stupid. What a shame.
Despite his obvious hatred of the country, Jon Stewart and company from the Daily Show deliver an, at times, fall-out-of-the-chair funny examination of American politics. If you can put out of your mind the obvious liberal/socialist bias and anger, the book is quite enjoyable. Not lost on me, was the irony of Stewart's attempt to dispute the allegation that the media is a left-leaning, Republican-hating institution, while delivering left-leaning, Republican-hating diatribe after diatribe.
I gave this three stars solely because of Stewart's ability to make you laugh. There is no question that he and his co-writers are very funny. Lost are opportunities to take what no doubt would have been funny shots at both political parties. Instead, his vicious wit is reserved for conservatives and Republicans.
I recommend listening to the book while trying to block out the normal reaction, which for most Americans would hopefully be to defend our country against this hilarious assault.
I have this book in hardcover, and it is hilarious. If you care at all about the way the USA is run, and have a funny bone in your body, you will love this book. However, so much of the humor of this book are in graphs, tables, illustrations and charts -- i.e. visual communications. I don't own the audible version but I wonder how this would translate verbally?
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.
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.
This was a decent listen but not great ... certainly not as good as the ratings indicate. Humorous walk thru of history and presidents.
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'
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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