America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

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Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.

But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around?we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse,...

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Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.

But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around—we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the L.A. Four Seasons Hotel doesn't even have a dedicated phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?!

It's high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!

Luckily, AMERICA AGAIN will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subject's ranging from healthcare ("I shudder to think where we'd be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering") to the economy ("Life is giving us lemons, and we're shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade") to food ("Feel free to deep fry this book-it's a rich source of fiber"), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

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"You see, we're America the Beautiful, not America, 'Well, At Least She Has a Great Personality." Patriotic Americans look to Stephen Colbert for uplifting words about our nation's future—and then they keep looking. This cunningly cagy Comedy Central political satirist not only minted the concept of "truthiness," he turned it upside down and backwards as he skewered hypocrites and nationalists of every stripe. America Again enables readers to look at our country as they have never seen it before; more specifically with hi-def 3-D glasses. A stimulus package for your funny-bone.

Library Journal
America is No. 1, except that it's not, really, proclaims political satirist Colbert. We don't make anything anymore, and our future is in the hands of the Chinese. Does Colbert have recommendations? "Feel free to deep-fry this book—it's a rich source of fiber." Maybe laughing will help.
Kirkus Reviews
Smart, funny and slickly designed, Colbert's sequel to I Am America (2007) does better than similar efforts at capturing a TV comedian's sensibility on the printed page. It has become a cottage industry for those who have achieved mass popularity on TV to parlay that success into book-publishing endeavors. The Jon Stewart axis has done this better than most, and in the follow-up to his best-selling debut, Colbert raises the bar, with glossy pages, 3-D glasses, inventive graphics and a text filled with the blowhard, nonsense pomposity that the author both embodies and skewers. "The Real Question is: Are America's best days behind us?" he asks. "Of course they are, and always have been. We have the greatest history in the history of History. But never forget, our best days are also ahead of us, and always will be. Because America also has the Greatest Future in the history of the Future. It's our present that is the problem….and always is [sic] be." On ethnic cuisine: "Honestly, I can't tell you which Chinese dish I dislike the most: the #41 or the #16. To me, it all tastes like a steaming pile of #2. General Tso should be tried for War Crimes against my colon." And so on. Areas covered within this manifesto of American Exceptionalism include position papers on jobs, health care, Wall Street and Easy Solutions (the main ones including "Tax cuts," "Cutting taxes," and "the encuttifying of our taxular system"). As for those who question America's primacy in all areas, "Critics love to point out that the American life expectancy of 78 ranks 42nd in the world. But that's ignoring the current Life Exchange Rate: 1 year in America is worth 10 in some foreign hellhole." For better and worse, the book should make American readers feel proud to be Americans. Much more than the usual bits and one-liners in book form.
From the Publisher
"AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't is sure to become a classic as treasured as Moby-Dick or the CliffNotes to Moby-Dick."—Stephen Colbert on AMERICA AGAIN in GQ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446583978
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 135,622
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert was The Daily Show's longest-running and most diverse correspondent. His personality, insight and overall rightness could only lead to The Colbert Report, a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his take on the issues of the day, and, more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. The show has been hugely successful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, book

    NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, books are).  
    They don't tell you this when you purchase a NOOK HD - which is the updated version of the Nook Color.

    The newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics!  Nice.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    American Again was very funny! I laughed a lot. Great read! I en

    American Again was very funny! I laughed a lot. Great read! I enjoyed it. The eye-popping 3D really made it come to life. Stephen Colbert put funny side notes in and footnotes which made the book even better. Funny pictures too. I recommend it!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Not a book I would recommend but it did have a few funny points.

    Not a book I would recommend but it did have a few funny points. Best part was listening to Colbert on the audio version. So if you want to read the book, listen to it instead. Only three disks long, a short drive will have it finished.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Awesome

    This was a pretty boss book loved it made me laugh alot really funny 10 stars great book you should buy it

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Retesting

    Retesting

    3 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    BUYER BEWARE! This "nook book" won't work on the orig

    BUYER BEWARE! This "nook book" won't work on the original nook. "Format not supported". Argh. It shows up in "My Library" on the nook but the format is not supported.

    Also not readable with Nook app for Android.

    I've looked over the product page many times and see nothing about this.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Funny. Funny. Funny. This was a laughing riot. It was slow in

    Funny. Funny. Funny. This was a laughing riot. It was slow in getting started, but got absolutely hillarious when he started talking about politics and the legal system. At first, he says things with such a straight tone that you almost feel like he's taking himself seriously, but then his delivery is so sharp that you cannot help laughing. I thought that it was better than the first book..
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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

    Sneering raised to a fine art. Or something. It's gone far beyon

    Sneering raised to a fine art. Or something. It's gone far beyond tiresome.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    This book was incredibly funny and made me laugh at almost every

    This book was incredibly funny and made me laugh at almost every page.  I would recommend this to everyone i know

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Crazy and Funny

    This book was purchased as a Christmas present for a friend who is a Stephen Colbert fan. As I am, also, it was the last present I wrapped. I kept browsing through the book and laughing. Stephen Colbert is smart, informed, and entertaining. For whatever reason, he has also chosen to have some of the pictures in 3-D, so a pair of 3-D glasses are included. I'd like to get this book for myself (or hint that someone should get it for me). With all the drama and annoying political bickering that has been going on, it's good to look at things with some humor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Rip off

    Bought the book for my Nook. Turn out what I paid $11 for was only the first 11 pages! Absolutely ridiculous and I can't get my money back either!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    funny as usual

    funny as usual

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Don't miss the audio version of this book!

    I purchased the audio version of this book upon recommendation of a friend. It was perfect to listen to on the TGV from Paris to Nice as I could enjoy the countryside and listen to a great book. It was hilarious. As a long time fan of the Colbert Report, I really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    It¿s like THE PAGES ARE TURNING RIGHT AT YOU!!!  Fun! Just as go

    It’s like THE PAGES ARE TURNING RIGHT AT YOU!!! 
    Fun! Just as good as the previous book (I Am America: And So Can You!) and a good companion series to the two Daily Show books about America and the Earth. You probably know what you are in for with these, but did you expect 3-D? No one saw it coming! If you have the hardcover edition, don’t forget to treat yourself to the awesome image under the dustcover of Stephen wearing 3-D glasses (He’s just like us!).

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    A fun book -- and the 3D glasses and pictures were an added hoot

    A fun book -- and the 3D glasses and pictures were an added hoot

    If you enjoy Stephen Colbert's over-the-top sarcastic sense of humor, then you will enjoy this book also. 
    There were a lot of accompanying funny pictures for the attention-span challenged. (I count myself squarely in that category.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Hilarious stuff from Colbert, as per usual.

    Hilarious stuff from Colbert, as per usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Does NOT work with Android app.  Do not get it, you can't open o

    Does NOT work with Android app.  Do not get it, you can't open on android.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Must read

    Political satire is always a good read in my opinion, but Colbert as always takes it to the next level. A wonderful read!!!

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Hilarious!  An awesome read, had me rolling on the floor.  Pure.

    Hilarious!  An awesome read, had me rolling on the floor.  Pure. Colbert.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

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