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I Am America (And So Can You!) Hardcover – October 9, 2007
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Starred Review. Realizing that it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America, Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country—whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals. His various targets include nature (I've never trusted the sea. What's it hiding under there?), the Hollywood Blacklist (I would have named enough names to fill the Moscow phone book), and atheists (Imagine going through life completely duped into thinking that there's no invisible, omniscient higher power guiding every action on Earth. It's just so arbitrary!). Colbert also provides helpful illustrations and charts (Things That Are Trying to Turn Me Gay) [and] a complete transcript of his infamous speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner [...] all of which add up to a book that is sure to be a bestseller and match the success of Colbert's former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart's America (The Book). (Oct.)
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The funnyman host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report rants about things that are wrong with America, offering his “knee jerk beliefs” on everything from the liberal media to environmentalists. If we continue to secularize Christmas, he screeches, former carolers will become wandering, alcoholic bums, and insects will grow into giant, munching minivans. He advocates legalizing performance-enhancing drugs for athletes, since sports are entertainment. Taking on a blowhard persona, he attacks atheists—how could a god exist who created a group that so pisses him off? Atheists are more hated than gays, to whom we at least entrust our hair. Interspersed with Colbert’s shrill tirades are the voices of other characters, notably the more modulated tones of God, who claims to be fair since he does not intercede in the outcome of sports on which he bets. Patriotic drums, a mariachi band, and other music accompanies this hilarious audio. Colbert fans will approve. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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As for content, it contains a rehash of Stephen's nightly show, "The Colbert Report". There are different lines of text from those in the show, but they express essentially the same thing. The margin notes are reminiscent of the written comments appearing in the "Word" segment of his show. They are amusing, but rarely funny in the book. I never cracked a smile in reading this, whereas his show is uproarious.
I think Stephen is capitalizing on his fame and rabid following at this time to publish a book which essentially says nothing original.
I sold my copy (on Amazon) after reading it once. I saw nothing in it that would make me want to keep it, or even re-read it.
In a word (pun intended), borrow this book from a library and read it. There is no reason to spend money on this "cheat".
(Additionally, my copy of the book had a publisher's error, in that the front endplate was folded over twice, as in the bookbinding process. This, of course, did not interfere with reading the book. However, it did detract from the virgin condition of most new books.)
His humor is stupid, much like his character. It's not meant to be read in one sitting, though. Margin and footnotes are allusive of the TV show's segment The Word. Colbert's humor is far different from his counterpart, Jon Stewart in that Colbert assumes the character (or caricature) of the people with whom he disagrees the most. Stewart in much more surfacely confrontational.
I recommend the book. It's funny. Hilariously funny. But don't expect sharp wit. It's an in-your-face satire of the conservative ideal.
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