The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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For everyone who was too cheap to buy the hardcover, the blockbuster, award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in ebook--with a new introduction, fully updated, and with equally unsettling nude photos of the newest Supreme Court justices, and a text corrected by the most reputable college professor we could find/afford. Including: Historical inaccuracies, gross distortions, complete fabrications-corrected by real-life bearded college professor.
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This "citizen's guide to democracy inaction" will prepare teachers, students, and dropouts for the rigors of participating in a representative government that doesn't quite work. This "corrected edition" of America: The Book provides updated analyses of "one man, one vote," "government by the people," "every vote counts," and other urban myths. This lavishly designed book includes photos, drawings, maps, graphs, interactive quizzes, discussion questions, and a shiny new poster.
KLIATT - Daniel Levinson
Those familiar with Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central news/comedy program The Daily Show will recognize the style and humor of this book. Polls suggest students get more current event news from Stewart than any other source ("God help them and the US!" might be a typical Daily Show gloss on that fact), so what he does will have an impact on adolescents. A more systematic, comprehensive topic like American history certainly allows for some typical pointed Stewart humor, but it also calls for more sustained focus than he or his show is used to. As a result, some of the jibes here are more silly and slapstick than satirical. Be aware, too, that tone and language will definitely offend some (full frontal fake nude photos of the Supreme Court, anyone? C-SPAN drinking games?). Not exactly a history book, this aims, really, more to be a primer on the American political system, and the humor does nudge students to try separating fact from myth. Several features are clever and will help students learn despite their best intentions just to laugh. One useful feature is a professorial (University of Wisconsin, emeritus) overview of annotations/corrections on most pages. This lets the authors have their jokes and (a little) real history too. My favorite sections are various charts: e.g., Landmark Supreme Court Cases, What Kind of Government Best Suits You, Meet Your Lobbyists. I expect this book will be irresistible for teens if sitting out in a visible spot. It's got lots of color and art and pictures. But again, it's more Saturday Night Live (with worse language) than anything elseā€”for better and worse. Also included: a pullout poster on "The Shadow Government."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781455583799
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
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  • Sales rank: 126,014
  • File size: 67 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Like a text book, and just as funny

    I love Jon Stewart and think that the Daily Show is hilarious, but I found that it just does not translate well to this medium. The layout of the book is cluttered, arbitrary and confused, while the writing is beneath the standards of the TV show and quite frankly pretty lame. Perhaps the greatest strength of the show is the personalities of the performers and their delivery of the material, and that just does not come across at all in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    ...

    Now I KNOW American Govt. would be a more popular class if this was our actual textbook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    Wow

    This is one of the smartest and funniest books I have ever read. The fact that is a mock textbook, with stupid discussion questions and charts, makes this even more enjoyable. Everything in this is absolutely hilarious. Everyone has a favorite part, but to me, the idea of the Duchess of Kent speaking like a rapper to the colonies was one of the funniest things I have ever read. Once you get past the language, which becomes completely natural to the book after a while, you start to enjoy the sheer brilliance in the book. Have fun dressing the supreme court!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Poet Stephen Barichko Reviews 'America--The Book'

    As usual, Jon Stewart shines with his amazing ability to mock the government and society of, not only the U.S., but other countries as well ( he's broadening his horizons). This book balances information with humor: it contains accurate and true information, and teaches you how the government works, but does it in such a way that you can not get through one page without laughing hysterically.That's what's fantastic about it--it's not nonsensical humor based on stupidity--it's some of the most witty and fact-based humor you'll ever read: it makes a joke out of the truth. What's really irnoic is that most of his 'jokes' are funny because they're absolutely true. A fantastic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Freakin' Hilarious

    This is my favorite comedy book. Ever. If you enjoy political satire, mock-textbooks, things that poke fun at the American way, or are just looking for a laugh, read this. It is, in my opinion, the funniest book that I have ever read. I love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Jon Stewart funniest book.

    Jon Stewart mocks both major monopolizing sides of the American collective thinking in this hilarious textbook of American history. It is perfect for any American high school student who would love to learn history through humor. I would've studied then. The truth, the good political humor, and portrayal of the shadow democracy we have are here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    Not Bad!

    Not as enjoyable as Stewart's show. Still, loved the satire enjoyed the visuals could live without the rampant vulgarity. I'd planned to leave the book out for my two teenage children to enjoy, but concluded they're too young for it. Ended up giving it to a soldier on leave from Iraq.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Wow.

    Incredibly hilarious, both for its historical and political commentary and for the striking resemblance to oh-so-many textbooks I've read through the years. While it's most certainly not squeaky clean humor, it's worthwhile and smart enough for me to have bought a copy for my mom. If you already watch the Daily Show, you probably have the book, but if you've never seen the show, get this book and watch that show! Jon Stewart and Co. are simply the funniest, most insightful and honest 'news'people out there. You'll find less rhetoric and spin on their show than anywhere else. Can't miss.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    A scream!

    America' is set up like a modern high school history book, replete with colorful visuals, call-outs in the margins and 'expert' interviews, in this case from the Daily Show cast. While much of the book is dead-on satire, it does suffer (like the show) from a stronger-than-necessary dose of vulgarity, making it a PG-13 (if not an R-rated) experience. While references to auto-erotic asphyxiation and S&M gear might go over the heads of most teens, the copious use of profanity and the occasional nude photo won't. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff have collaborated to create a very humorous book discussing American Civics and the political processes that forged it. Starting with the framers of our Constitution, and then leading to the exploits and new vernacular of our President, the Daily Show staffers filled in the gaps with guffawing and knee slapping examples of U.S. Supreme Court faux pas and the status and responsibility of the media in our modern life, among many other 'targets.' Although much of the commentary concerns actual political incidents, be forewarned that the text is not always historically accurate and a lot of lampooning is at hand. Regardless, the book is a 'hoot' to read. I generally don¿t read this type of book, preferring the more ¿literary¿ type like Roth¿s ¿The Plot Against America¿ or McCrae¿s ¿Katzenjammer,¿ but, being a fan of Stewart¿s show, I had to give this one a shot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    This book is a good time

    The Daily Show crew strikes gold! I'm fan of Daily Show and everyone on it and this book is defintly like a complete uncut collection of daily show humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    America The Book

    America: The Book spells out, chapter by chapter, the workings of the branches of government, the election process, and the role of journalism in creating and destroying all of these government functions. There are really no main characters or setting throughout the book, but despite that there are no flaws. If you're a fan of The Daily Show, you will enjoy reading John Stewart rip on journalism's loss of integrity, to Samantha Bee's randomly placed columns titled 'do you mind if I tell you how we do it in Canada?', Ed Helms' presentation of his qualifications to be Supreme Court justice and other random high power government positions. The book is not just a repeat of pieces from The Daily Show. While some people find politics and government to be a very boring or tasteless subject, this book puts it into a perspective that most people would find interesting and can relate to. The layout of the book was ingenious. It was formatted in such a way, that it was like a school textbook that you could actually see being taught in school (that is until you actually read and discover the actually content of the book.). To further enhance the idea that this was a school textbook, the end of each chapter is set with review questions. If you are not a history or government buff, this book is a great way to break into these topics. It also includes a review of some of the famous Supreme Court cases of our countries history such Roe vs. Wade and Brown vs. Board of Education. Personally I found the humor to be the most creative that I have seen in a book. This book is all around one of the best books I have ever read and I strongly recommend this to anyone, whether or not you are politically informed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    After reading this, founding fathers would be rolling in grave....laughing.

    A lot funnier, and more historically accurate than most of the textbooks I read in school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    Could easily be a college textbook

    well, learned more from this than from all my years of high school. All the while, I was laughing outloud at the jokes and anachronisms. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Better than sitting through AP History - and funnier too!

    I picked up this book after hearing about it on the Daily Show and was truly impressed. The writers on the show have used their brand of satire, dry wit and (gasp) vulgarity to produce a fine version of my high school history textbook. I found myself laughing at jokes I had made in my own class notes and found them just as funny 8 years later. How did they get a hold of my notebooks? A must read for any fan of the Daily Show, or anyone tiring of the political punditry of America. Well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Satire done right!

    It's not an easy task to transfer the eccentric humor of The Daily Show to printed form, but America: The Book does it very well. Want to know what it does even better? Satire. I can easily envision a political theory class 50 years from now discussing this book as a terrific example of finely-tuned political acumen cloaked in the comforting guise of humor. Nothing is sacred, no one is safe, and between the lines of analyses there is a lot of truth. The reader is bound to read it laughing, but as the glow of that laughter subsides the smile falters as we dwell on the truths that this biting satire expose. Sort of like the way Arthur MIller hid his anti-McCarthy message in his play The Crucible. I think its pretty ironic that out of all the political books that have come out pandering to their own constituents, there's finally a political book sharp enough to tell it straight... and laughing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    fantastic

    Jon Stewart and the Daily Show writers have produced one hilarious history book on the breakdown of American democracy. With subject matter like that, you might wonder how it could be funny, but it's funny precisely because the subject matter is so important, so relevant, that it is usually treated too somberly. Not with this crew. There's slap-stick treatment at times, I admit, which is what you get on the Daily Show, but there's also sublime wit, real intelligence here. I recommend this as a holiday gift for anyone in college for sure, along with ...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Clever and Humorous

    I can not stop laughing when I read this book! Having just graduated from high school, the textbook format (and the questions at the end of each chapter!) make it doubly hilarious. This is a must have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    The Truth - The Facts

    This book is whitty, funny, and just great. The best work involving John Stewert since his showing on CrossFire. Even without Facts, It's as close to the TRUTH about America's government as we are ever going to get. Trust me on that one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    a different take

    It is nice to read a political opinion that doesn't fit into the expected dichotomy. If you really listen to what Jon is always saying one should forget the left vs the right and see it is really the people vs their government. And on top of all the poignant critism of the government the book is also funny in the sense that it will make most people laugh. If you are a big fan of the US government you will probably not like the kind of jokes that are made at the expense of them there revenuers. There are also bad words and nudity of old people which may offend some. I would say that this book is for both sides of the political spectrum, but those on the GOP side may want to check with whoever thinks for them (e.g. Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Coulter, etc) to see if they are going to find this book funny or not, in which case they really don't need to read it for themselves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    History's funnier than I thought

    First off, I realize that this book is liberal and is written by a liberal man poking fun of the government in a subjective view. But c'mon, who cares? It's funny and witty, and if you're not so narrow-minded, you'd laugh like I did. And for all the people out there looking for an educational book about American government (or just democracy in general): this is not a college textbook explaining how democracy started! It's a joke-book! It's not to be taken seriously, but for you to ponder about the state America is in (particularly with *president* Bush in charge). So for all you conservatives out there who are offended by a mere book, I simply say: Get a sense of humor.

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