America (The Book) was written and edited by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum, and other writers of The Daily Show. Karlin was the show's executive producer and Javerbaum its head writer. The book is written as a parody of a US high school civics textbook, complete with study guides, questions, and class exercises. Also included are scholarly "Were You Aware?" boxes, one of which explains that "the term 'Did You Know' is copyrighted by a rival publisher". The book provides discussion questions to mock history study guide books, with ridiculous questions such as: "Would you rather be a king or slave? Why or why not?". It pokes fun at the American political system, and includes a chapter caricaturing stereotypical American views of the rest of the world.
People affiliated with The Daily Show during publication in 2004, such as Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms, contributed small articles. Bee's articles related the "Canadian view point" on topics, such as "We have media in Canada, too!". Stephen Colbert gives heavily biased viewpoints on topics such as Warren G. Harding (who is often considered one of the worst American presidents). Ed Helms wrote articles stating what he would do if afforded certain positions of power and references the death of a specific individual for reasons never revealed to the reader.
Due to the medium (printed book), he seems less funny and biting, but more mean.
Perhaps it is easier to be more edgy but funnier in the usual video form that Jon Stewart's inhabits.
Rather go buy the videos of the show than the book....Continua
One of the funniest and yet most insightful commentary on ''''democracy''''. While there is much academic discourse on the nature and mechanism of democracy, it is important to examine the actual working of it, especially in the US, where democracy is supposed to be at the most 'advanced' stage. Jon Stewart's unique blend of irreverence, cynicism, and of course, humour, positioned him to be probably the only comedian / pundit qualified to write such a book. Working with his team of supremely talented Daily Show writers, he did it....Continua