Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: America (The Book)

Author: Jon Stewart and the writers of the Daily Show
Title: America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
Description:  A “lighthearted look” at American history and politics.
Writing style: Funny as heck.
Audience: People who can get a joke.
Major ideas: Let’s try not taking ourselves so seriously all the time.
Wrap-up: Two fairly major caveats: the book is almost 10 years old by now, and it has some fairly raunchy bits (words and pictures). These two aside, I laughed through most of it. Sometimes these political books can be so topical that they become not merely funny, but nearly incomprehensible. This book does a survey of American history, so that will always be there. It’s mostly just the stuff about the 2004 election that seems pretty dated. 4/5*

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