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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook) Audiobook

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

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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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      "The Daily Show's America -- Do Not Waste Your Time"

      I thought a humorous book would make a holiday trip go faster. This "book" (?) is not even funny. It fails as "history" and fails as "humor." The jokes that are attempted might be considered elementary school boys' bathroom humor at best. I like a vast range of humor, ranging from witty social satire to "Raw Dog" comedy. "America" was so bad, I stopped reading less than a third of the way through.

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      Ryan 01-22-11
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      "Not What I Expected."

      I bought this to listen to after buying and adoring The Daily Show Presents: Earth. I expected this to be similarly lighthearted and flippantly educational, but I underestimated the degree to which they tried to make this like a textbook. Compared to other textbooks this must seem like a dream come true, but as something I was listening to for fun it was tough going.

      I'd love to have it in every classroom in America. Just so long as it is out of my library first.

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      Susan Seattle, WA, United States 11-01-10
      Susan Seattle, WA, United States 11-01-10

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      "Disappointed"

      The humor was too juvenile to be enjoyable. I don't find it clever or funny to simply add foul language or sexual overtones. It is a pity because they obviously did a lot of research and the occassional grown-up humor demonstrated the potential the book had, but was not realized.

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      Desiree Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-13-10
      Desiree Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2017
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      "What's true?"

      I bought this in hopes of learning more about the US Government and politics in general... trhough HUMOR.... but I wasn't sure what was true and what was not.

      So, I suggest this for someone who knows all the history and may be looking for a humorous view of it... not a tool for learning it.

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      Monica Huntsville, AL, USA 02-25-06
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      "Funny but cheap"

      I am probably being too harsh,but I was disappointed in this book. I think Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew are pretty much comic and political geniuses, so I listened with high expectations. It certainly was funny, as well as clever. But honestly I felt it went for the cheap laugh much too often. A surprising amount of the humor came from having actors say curse words while portraying icons of American history. Yes it was amusing to hear Betsy Ross say dirty words, but really I expected more from Jon.

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      Markm99 Chicago, IL 08-04-05
      Markm99 Chicago, IL 08-04-05 Listener Since 2001
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      "Boring"

      Agree with the others - Love Stewart on TV, but this book is Boring!

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      George CARROLLTON, TX, USA 02-08-05
      George CARROLLTON, TX, USA 02-08-05
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      "30 Minutes is the perfect amount of Jon Stewart"

      I love the Daily Show and find Stewart very funny. Unfortunately, I don't think the same kind of humor or cleverness was put into the book's writing. I found myself tired of it less than 1/2 of the way through.

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      Augie 01-05-05
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      "Trust the customer reviews!"

      I did not take my own advice on this one. I have come to rely on Audible's customer reviews to make my book choices. They are, by far, the best guide to book buying. You can't trust a book jacket that is selling itself. You can't identify with most of the book critics in the Sunday Book Review (they're off doing their own thing for money and presenting a perspective that is alien to most readers, while still trying to sound profound enough to land their next job). You can trust the customer reviews. You can sift through them, find out why the reviewer liked or disliked the book, and most often find a common thread that reflects your own interests. I have bought books I wouldn't have bought, and not bought books I thought I would enjoy, all based on customer reviews. It works for me. I thought I would enjoy this book. I read the customer reviews. Based on them, I decided I would not like this book, so I didn't buy it. Then I heard this book won Publishers Weekly's Book of the Year Award. Maybe I missed something. So I bought the book anyway. Wrong decision. Trust the customer reviews. End note: Today I read that Publishers Weekly has fired its editor and is revamping the magazine. There is some justice in the book world.

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      Hal Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 12-02-04
      Hal Cleveland Heights, OH, USA 12-02-04
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      "Not great"

      Get Al Frankens Lies, and the lying liers who tell them. Much better satire with debunking of many lies the right tells. But told in an extremly funny way. I love the daily show and was looking forward to hearing this. Unfortunatly it doesn't live up to my expectation even remotely. Not bad just not great.

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      Anne in State College State College, PA 10-13-04
      Anne in State College State College, PA 10-13-04

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      "take it in 30 min. increments, like the tv show"

      Perhaps I'm attributing too much talent to the Daily Show writers, but I expected more from this audiobook. Especially from Rackoff. When I brought my expectations down a notch and listened to it in increments no longer than 30 minutes at a time (like the tv show), it became as enjoyable and clever as the show, which is to say, it's just TV, not world-class satire.

      1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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