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Starred Review. The first all-new publication from The Onion's stable of mad satirists since 1999's Our Dumb Century, this globe-spanning volume raises the bar for topical humor. Known for their savage, irreverent newspaper parody, The Onion staff delight in playing up stereotypes and skewering perceptions, and they have picked an enormous playground in which to do so; this skewed world atlas compiles enough fictional facts to tickle-and probably offend-just about everyone. Profiling every country in the world-from the United States ("The Land of Opportunism") to Greenland ("The Largest Land Mass on Earth") to "The Who Cares Islands"-this handsome parody is visually indistinguishable from genuine reference materials, but with jokes crammed into every inch, from topographical maps ("Largest Mayan casino in Mexico") and tiny vital statistics boxes (Syria's ethnicity: "Anti-Semitic Semites") to historic timelines (Ireland, 1387: "Luck of the Irish runs out") and photo captions ("Emergency shipments of food, water, and Bono reach Sudan"). The group's humor can demand a rarified kind of knowledge-as in the entry for Nicaragua, which revolves entirely around the now-ancient Nintendo game "Contra"-ensuring that some jokes will fall flat; for anyone with a cultural pulse, however, the hit-to-miss ratio will be high. Eminently browsable and compulsively re-readable, this is an essential book for fans of Stewart, Colbert and (of course) The Onion.
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"Bottom line: Laughed my head off." -- USA Today
"Possibly the funniest book ever written." -- Miami Herald
"This is the best parody since the National Lampoon published its phony newspaper, "The Dacron Republican-Democrat," in 1978." -- Newsweek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most of this book is hilarious!! I don't recommend reading it from cover to cover because it does get a bit old after awhile. If you are incredibly PC, you won't like the book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sir Roderick
This is the funniest book i've ever read. Hours of enjoyment. No one is safe, this book equally makes fun of absolutely everyone! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Heidi C Korsmo
The Onion stands haed and shoulders above most comedy writing. This is much more entertaining than any history that we read in school.Published 20 days ago by Michael The Roaddog
There are many books we buy and think...I probably should have gotten that from the library. This book is worth the purchase. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dylan
This is the most ethnocentric piece of garbage to hit the press. If you are in to grotesque stereotypes and fowl language just for the f*** of it, or you are interested in morons... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anderson Matthews
Am enjoying "Our World" and sharing it with many persons,young and older.Published 3 months ago by Nancy A. Norris
Absolutely hilarious, so long as you have an "off-color" sense of humor. Not for the faint of heart or sensitive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kendall A.