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This review is from: America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't (Hardcover)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. They were then both crushed by the foot of Ayn Rand because the way all the ants worked together in their colony reminded her of Socialism.
Example of the Protestant work ethic - Martin Luther's posting 95 Theses on the door of the local Catholic church. Colbert points out that most of us would have stopped at 12 or so theses, but not Martin. He labored on and on - even without Wikipedia to explain phrases like 'plenary indulgences,' or Spell Check.
His chapter titled 'Healthcare,' appropriately has a $50 co-pay and points out that one of the reasons our healthcare is the world's best is because it is exclusive, with comprehensive care reserved for the elite. On energy, 'we need to stop listening to liberal environmentalists and get that oil out from under the ocean - our children swim there!'
'America Again' doesn't lack for solutions, either. In his 'Easy Solutions,' he suggests retracing our steps to where we last saw our thriving economy, spicing up one of our clunker states (eg. new windows and rat traps) before selling it to a Saudi Prince, limiting maternity leaves to 15 minutes, and singing the National Anthem twice before football games.
My suggestion - read 'American Again' slowly, for full comprehension and appreciation.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2012 5:54:16 PM PDT
S. C. Monge says:
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 11:40:23 AM PDT
L. Schultz says:
Hey, I guess you don't get the "Colbert" character. Too bad because I think this review is right on the mark and is as funny as Colbert himself, in or out of character.
Please read the definition of "satire" in a dictionary and then maybe you will appreciate this book and the genre of the "Colbert Report".
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 4:11:38 PM PST
C. Magrabi says:
It's so funny to me (and a bit sad) how many people don't get Colbert, or satire as a whole. This book is something I definitely plan on reading soon and this review helped me make that choice. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 1:50:48 PM PST
Maria Edell says:
I feel the same way. I have friends that can't get it. I think he's great!
Posted on Dec 3, 2012 7:45:48 AM PST
Dana Kennedy says:
If you can't stomach the ewww of msnbc, a spoonfull of Colbert sugar makes the medicine go down.
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