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)
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.
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.
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.
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