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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762432330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762432332
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fiendishly clever, truly hilarious and oddly comforting. Rob Kutner is so funny he makes the end times seem like good times. This book is a perfect gift for anyone (me) who is having a tough time or even just a bad day (Tuesday, for example.) Buy Apocalypse How now, or you'll be kicking yourself when you glance in the rearview mirror and see four guys on horses in the carpool lane." -- Cathryn Michon, comic and author of The Grrl Genius Guide to Life

"For years now, I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out whether Rob is a better guy or a better humorist. This cinches it, he is a far better humorist. I laughed, I most assuredly did not cry." -- Dennis Miller, November 25, 2007

"If you're reading this blurb, then congratulations! You're still alive and will soon discover that Apocalypse How is the last funny book ever written." -- Neal Pollack, author, Alternadad

"No end-of-the-world bunker will be complete without semi-automatic weapons, a case of Scotch, and several copies of Apocalypse How. This book makes me giddy about the apocalypse. I can't wait!" -- Danny Piraro, creator of Bizzaro

"When the end is nigh, this is the place to start. A hilarious and disturbingly comprehensive guide to humanity's inevitable self-destruction." -- Brian K. Vaughan, writer, Lost and Y: THE LAST MAN

"A great read. Don't cower in your lead-shielded, ape-proof bunker without it." -- Jon Stewart, November 29, 2007

"If you buy only one book to accompany you through horrific worldwide catastrophe, make it this one." -- Stephen Colbert, December 4, 2007

About the Author

Rob Kutner is a writer for the Emmy-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and contributor to the New York Times bestselling America. He lives in New York City.

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It's pretty rare that a book can make you laugh out loud, yet this one seems to do it at least once every page.
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This is a very entertaining, clever, and downright funny book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Higgins on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang...but a howl of laughter! Who knew that the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse is a brilliant satirist by the name of Rob Kutner? With a gift of prophecy that Cassandra would envy and the swiftness of a Sidewinder missile, Kutner has beaten the likes of those esteemed self-help gurus Heloise, Bob Vila, Dr. Phil, Martha Stewart, Dear Abby, et al. in fulfilling an unrecognized need: an ironic handbook for coping with nearly all aspects of the Last Days. "Apocalypse How" is highly entertaining and may even be useful. I liked it so much I bought copies for my family and closest friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David A. Barry on May 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a funny, funny book. Very much in the spirit of "I Am America, and So Can You," or "America: The Book." Which isn't surprising, since the author is one of Jon Stewart's writers on "The Daily Show" (as well as a co-author of "America").

It's pretty rare that a book can make you laugh out loud, yet this one seems to do it at least once every page. If you're a discerning fan of intelligent, sophisticated comedic prose, or if you simply like jokes about giant robotic ant-monsters, I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew David Brozik on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
You'll regret the coming of the end of "Apocalypse How" almost as much as you'll regret the coming of the end of the actual world (next week). Fortunately, the book is packed with so much verbal and visual humor, you'll need to read it at least twice to wring all the laughs from it... much as you'll want to wring all the potable, nutritious juices from whatever minimally-irradiated flora, fauna, and Frankenfoods you can find when the end-times arrive. You'll want to read the acknowledgments three times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Radwin on June 10, 2008
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Do you fear the end of the world? Rob Kutner's new book makes it seem like it will be as fun as a trip to Disneyland!

Apocalpyse How presents many ways that the world as we know it might end: nuclear holocaust, robot revolt (a la Flight Of The Conchords' song "The Humans Are Dead"), alien invasion, global warming. And it gives some really funny advice about how we can not just survive, but thrive in the new world order.

There are perhaps one too many references to cannibalism for my taste, but Kutner's clever writing and sharp wit makes up for it. My favorite part was the "Fun & Games" chapter near the end of the book.

The book does not give enough credit to illustrator Joshua McDonnell. His drawings, photographs and collages are superb, and are as strong of a presence as the writing itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean Cunningham on May 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Even more so than the average election year, 2008 feels like the end of the world. For those who don't miraculously ascend to a better place--and let's face it, that's a lot of you--this book might just keep you alive (or at least, keep your hideous demise from being needlessly depressing). With the ability to get a laugh even from a blank page, Rob Kutner is truly humanity's best hope for survival.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Edelman on May 17, 2008
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This book was really hilarious! Takes the doom out of doomsday. Buy it to read or makes a great gift, it was so funny I forgot to be scared.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Regan on May 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of this book at Rob Kutner's reading at Book Soup last night, and I'm really enjoying it. The illustrations are great too. I hope the end of the world is this funny!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Waghalter on May 14, 2008
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This is a very entertaining, clever, and downright funny book. The layout and graphics are terrific, too, making the book eminently readable. I'm usually the kind of guy who nods knowingly at humor, especially in written form. But I laughed out loud early and often while reading this book, much to my wife's annoyance.
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