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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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Now imagine that the entire book were made out of these commented infographics, with the subject matter shifted from the USA to the entire planet, and aimed at an audience of aliens who find the Earth deserted after the human race spectacularly manufactures its own demise, and you have Earth (The Book).
If you haven't read America (The Book) - and if not, what are you waiting for? You can grab the paperback for less than $10 here on Amazon - just think of this as the anti-coffee table book. It's a tome that delightfully destroys all aspects of society, from our perceptions of aliens to the planet itself to commerce, religion and culture. It can be picked up occasionally and flipped to a random page, as each joke is encapsulated and confined. Or, it can be read large sections at a time, with every word and picture perused until you can laugh no more. There is at least one brilliant joke per page, and quite often more than that.
This book pokes fun at anything and everything, and you may find the finger pointing at yourself now and again. If you can't laugh at your own idiosyncrasies and beliefs, skip this book and recommend it to someone with a sense of humor. If you can't take a joke, this book isn't for you.Read more ›
What really baffles me though is how they could possibly have turned this into an audio book. Like I said it's mostly pictures, how they translated that to an audio book is beyond me.
Anyway it's OK for a fan of the show looking for something light to read in the bathroom, but you're unlikely to be entertained enough by it read it in more then 10-15 minute stints.
Earth is formatted as a fun hybrid between a middle school textbook and The Old Farmer's Almanac. Pretty much every page is fun to look at, and the whole book is packed with photos, illustrations, factoids, and captions. Earth is relatively light on actual prose, so don't expect the chapter structure of a typical book. Each page has about 100 different things on it, which I personally found a bit overwhelming at times reading this one from cover to cover. This isn't really a huge complaint, especially if you're going to be reading it more casually or using it as a coffee table book - but I thought it was worth mentioning.
If any of this sounds good to you, then I'd be surprised if you didn't get your money's worth with Earth. Have fun with the Daily Show's memoir of our little blue planet.
Buy this book and read it. Even if you have to forget who wrote it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
VERY funny! Miss John Stewart on The Daily Show, but this is all the wonderful snark of the show, in printed form!Published 13 days ago by Diane Higgins
This was given to me for Xmas by my cousin, I suppose thinking it must be amusing, an indication she never looked at it, much less read it, because not even she is as dimwitted and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by be serious
Jon Stewart is the most intelligent, funniest man anywhere!! This book is so packed full of humor, there will be something new to discover for a long long time!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have not had a chance to read through the whole thing yet but from I've seen already it should be a very good book.Published 4 months ago by R. T.
Hysterical. I was laughing out loud on the plane while I read this, which was kind of embarrassing, but this book had me in stitches. If you like The Daily Show, Colbert, etc. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Riz