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America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Colbert
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2012: Elections aren’t really a laughing matter--not usually. But America Again seeks to change that. Following up on 2007’s best-selling I Am America (And So Can You!), the writing team behind The Colbert Report delivers an election-time parody that employs the cocksure, egotistical voice of “Stephen Colbert” to inform readers about how our country is “Americeptional” in a wide range of subjects: like healthcare, Wall Street, energy, and, of course, elections. Depending on your political bent, you'll rank this book anywhere from amusing to downright hilarious. There are jokes galore. And it even comes with 3-D glasses. --Chris Schluep

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 103524 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DER4O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Wit - October 5, 2012
Stephen Colbert could be standing in the middle of the Sahara and find something funny about every grain of sand - it's non-stop with him in this book, even more so than his nightly program. His thesis here is that as perfect as America is in every possible way, our country is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're way past the 30-day return window. We don't make anything anymore and we've mortgaged our future to China. 'America Again' provides readers with the Truth we need to get back on the right track that we're already on.

Unfortunately, per Colbert, mere ownership of the book constitutes a non-disclosure agreement not to share the contents with anyone. The book is to be purchased only at full price, and if taken out of a library, the borrower is immediately to call the library, pretend to have lost it, and offer to pay for the copy.

I've often wondered about the numerous claims of 'American exceptionalism.' Colbert clears that up using a quote from Newt Gingrich. "America's exceptional greatness . . . (is) the result of American Exceptionalism.' I really liked getting that cleared up.

Colbert credits our growing into an agricultural power to our Unpaid African Internship Program.' 'We've defeated the Native Americans, the Nazis, and even the metric system' - I particularly appreciate the latter.

Colbert even provides readers with insightful economic philosophy via his parable of "The Aynt and the Grasshopper.' According to Colbert, the ant took what he wanted and did not apologize for his success, while the grasshopper fiddled. When Winter came, the ant heard a knock at his door - the grasshopper was pleading for food.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Writing a comedy book is hard under even the best circumstances. Comedy is so much about timing and intonation, and none of that comes through on the written page. And making comedy work when you're putting on a persona can be even harder - how can you remind people that you're winking from behind the character, or that maybe you're not entirely serious about it all? And yet, here's America Again, the second book from Stephen Colbert in character as his gleefully conservative, insanely rich, condescending persona from The Colbert Report, and I'll be damned if he doesn't pull it off for a second time. I absolutely loved I Am America (And So Can You), but America Again may be even better, given how it's focused itself on the current economic situation and offers advice on what America is doing well (just about everything) and the problems with it (mainly regular people). America Again is one of those books that I almost hated to read in public, because with all the time I spent giggling and cracking up, I'm sure I looked like a moron to people around me. But it's all but impossible not to laugh on just about every page of this, from the odd footnotes to the numerous "regular" voices in the book to the gloriously insane methods to help people with things like insurance forms and resume work. Trying to explain just about any of the jokes or commentary here is a losing battle in this small space; suffice to say this is a book that ends with a chapter in which Colbert has transcribed his increasingly drunken celebration that the book is done, complete with doodles of everything from his book to the Statue of Liberty, all with massive breasts attached. And that's not even the weirdest parts of the book. If you're a fan of Colbert and his show, America Again doesn't disappoint in the least. In fact, it may even be better than Colbert's first book - and that's really high praise coming from me.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't-put-down book! October 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Help! I can't put this book down! Somehow it got stuck to my hands (I am typing this with my nose).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Pie October 15, 2012
This book is hilarious, and as American as apple pie baked and flash frozen in China and shipped to America at a competitive price.
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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Kindle version until reconfigured October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was so excited to buy this book, I downloaded it to my Kindle the first day. I should've realized there was an issue when there was no pre-order available for Kindle before release. This is a mixed media book. There are 3D images that don't appear in 3D, but as two pages on your Kindle. There are footnotes and other small print that you CANNOT zoom in on. As much as I love the humor of Stephen Colbert, I am marking this down because it is not formatted correctly for Kindle users. Buy a hard copy if you can't wait.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed June 7, 2014
As a VERY loyal Amazon customer, I am saddened and a bit insulted that Amazon is in this childish battle with Hachette publishing. As a Prime member, I believe you are breaking our trust when I cannot get a book in two days, when I KNOW that it is available EVERYWHERE else, Quite frankly this is beneath your business model. As one of the biggest Amazon fans that I know I ask that you please reconsider and again become an equal opportunity publisher.
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133 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Antitode for the Pussification of America October 2, 2012
After a long, hard day of poaching Grizzlies in the ferocious Alaskan Klondike, it's great to sit down and read the TRUTH. I've been an American since conception, and I'm damn proud of it. Just ask my workers, they're El Salvadorian.

When I'm not watching the O'Reilly Factor or producing high tech weapons systems for Uncle Sam, I'm catching up with my blood brother Stephen Colbert. When he's not on TV, I find life to be a real bore. NASCAR season doesn't last all year you know. So to be able to carry the man's work with me on my trips to the Cayman Islands, it's great.

Admittedly, I never finished I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!). My ex-wife brought it back to Russia when she decided the allowance wasn't enough. Took my golf clubs too...

Anyway, the 3D is great, except for one thing. Fearing that the images popping out at me would cause harm, I broke my knuckles punching the page back. You live and you learn.

The LAMEstream (get it, LAME instead of MAIN) media will probably tear this book apart. What we should do is burn every book that isn't AMERICA AGAIN. People won't compare us to Nazis when every ash mentioning that crap is sitting in a landfill.

So if you love America, and speak fluent enough English to read this, do your part. The fate of capitalism depends on you. BUY THE BOOK.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One word. Stephen.
OMG. Stephen. Marry me... ((HES ALREADY MARRIED)) dang it. Do you have a son? I'd totally go on a date with him. I'm really pretty and smart. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read!
Published 5 days ago by Randy Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but True: A Humorous and Humiliating Look at Ourselves
In America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't, author, comedian and soon-to-be Late Show host Stephen Colbert discusses all the things that make this country, well,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michael Sova
4.0 out of 5 stars Colbert in print form, yay!
The follow-up to Colbert's seminal “I Am America and So Can You,” Colbert's newest book is even seminaler as he seeks to single-handedly solve all of America's problems which it... Read more
Published 15 days ago by C. A. Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
It is a super nice book. I can recommend it to every one who loves nice books . I will read it one more time
Published 16 days ago by Real name: Lui
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for stephen, 0 for amazon!
Another great, funny, on the mark Stephen Colbert book. Read my friend's copy. Too bad I'd have to wait a billion years for Amazon stop acting like a thwarted baby and send me one... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Janice R. Alder
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny
Yeah I enjoyed this. He's a smartass and he's cynical, but I enjoyed the wisecracks. The points he makes are pretty good and his approach is biting. Very witty at times. Read more
Published 20 days ago by D.G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny
Yeah I enjoyed this. He's a smartass and he's cynical, but I enjoyed the wisecracks. The points he makes are pretty good and his approach is biting. Very witty at times. Read more
Published 20 days ago by D.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars it's colbert on CD
Stephen is pretty funny. I liked watching his TV show on comedy central every afternoon (from the previous night) - until CC started messing with the start times - 5:50pm... Read more
Published 22 days ago by J. Spurway
1.0 out of 5 stars $12,99 for an eBook is a crime against humanity
To the barricades!

In the words of Abbie Hoffman, "Steal this book!"...or rather put it on your wish list and wait for a decent price. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Martin Kilgore
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Can't download to PC?
I was about to buy this book, and saw it was restricted to certain devices, so I cannot read it on my kindle. I am not buying it. So stupid.
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