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09/27/2004 Archived Entry: "Book Review: America (The Book)"
Review by Tom Good
Just in time for this year's Presidential election, the writers of The Daily Show have created America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. This guide to the past, present, and future of American Democracy explains everything from the invention of democracy by "Our Big Fat Greek Forerunners" to a future inhabited by "a sub-race of genetically perfect blonde toddlers who are only allowed to vote because they can kill with their minds."
This book is not just a collection of jokes, but a parody of school textbooks, complete with discussion questions ("Why do you think the Framers made the Constitution so soul-crushingly boring?") and classroom activities at the end of each chapter. This structure adds considerable nostalgic humor for those of us who have been out of school for a while. One of my favorite sections explains the difference between Democrats and Republicans:
"The Republican Party is the party of nostalgia. It seeks to return America to a simpler, more innocent and moral past that never actually existed. The Democrats are utopians. The seek to create an America so fair and non-judgemental that life becomes an unbearable series of apologies."
America also contains a bonus chapter about the rest of the world, where we learn, for example, that "New Zealand boasts a remarkable 50 sheep for every Orc." On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It is funny from cover to cover, and I could not resist reading a lot of quotes from it out loud. If you like The Daily Show, America is a must-have book.
The Wapshott Press
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