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

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

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by Stephen Colbert, Author

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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

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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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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

"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.

Publishers Weekly - Audio
★ 02/25/2013
The packaging of this audio edition of Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert’s latest title features an icon promoting the recording’s “3-D High-Def Surroundiness.” While this claim clearly follows Colbert’s pattern of tongue-in-cheek buzzwords and taglines, the production quality does contribute to a satisfying listening experience, as voices and sounds—including a stoner commentator’s bubbling bong water—are distinctly rendered in the fashion of live theater. Colbert’s narrative—steeped in his characteristic irony—weaves expository chapters on various hot-button issues with monologues from individual citizens. With the possible exception of the aforementioned stoner, the most memorable of these characters is a silver-tongued energy industry spokeswoman who embodies the very essence of spin in the current media culture. Colbert’s brand of entertainment occupies a unique niche in the marketplace, and regardless of whether the punch lines click for individual listeners, the comedian’s latest offering remains unmistakably faithful to that brand. A Grand Central hardcover. (Oct.)
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.

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America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Jen_Wolfe More than 1 year ago
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!
AmazingIneptitude More than 1 year ago
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.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty boss book loved it made me laugh alot really funny 10 stars great book you should buy it
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
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.. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly funny and made me laugh at almost every page.  I would recommend this to everyone i know
SeattleMosaic More than 1 year ago
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.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Simply put – if you were a fan of Stephen Colbert's “The Colbert Report”, you know what to expect by this book and you will enjoy it.  Conversely, if you didn't like Colbert's show, you won't like this book – but then, you probably knew that and stayed away from it in the first place.  And, if you're one of the folks who is not familiar with Colbert's style of humor – this book, like his others, contains a commentary on current social, economic, and political situation – disguised in satire delivered by a pompous voice who sounds convinced of his obvious correctness and superiority. RATING: 5 stars.  I am a fan and appreciate Colbert's sense of humor. NOTE: I obtained the audio version of this book; since the author delivered his own material in his own unique style, it enhanced my enjoyment of the work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes from witty, to sarcastic, to kinda funny, to "oh, he's got a point," to "mommy, make the man stop!" Too much sattire followed up with zero straight talk. The ending is pathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
funny as usual
Parisian_Lady More than 1 year ago
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.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
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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JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
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.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious stuff from Colbert, as per usual.
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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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