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Editorial 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
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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
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Critic Reviews

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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By Connie on 09-06-04

Runs hot and cold..but when it's's hot

Listening to this book, I alternated between fits of side-hurting laughter and periods when it was a little slow. I'd estimate 25% of the time I found it hilarious, 50% amusing and the remainder a bit inane. However the 25% where you are laughing until tears run down your face makes it well worth being patient when they are off a bit. Overall, well worth the purchase price. Just don't listen to this while you are driving, or you might run off the road.

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By John on 09-10-05

Lost in the Translation

Much of what made "America (The Textbook)" so funny is lost in the audiobook format (including the place on the inside cover where you put your name, the year, and condition of the book ). Sometimes there is no substitute for the real thing.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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