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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 ›
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.
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.
Buy this book and read it. Even if you have to forget who wrote it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny only read the first chapter. But if you like Jon Stewart can't see why you would like it.Published 2 months ago by Shane
Jon Stewart is my hero. This is a funny book, with tons of photos and illustrations. Just great entertainment!Published 2 months ago by Turquoise
Possibly the funniest book I've ever read. It sits on my coffee table where I can turn to any page at any time for a bit of pure joy at the cleverness of the writing, the layout,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fil Yeskel
First off I will say, I've only listened to the audiobook version of this book, which is read by not only Jon Stewart but also the Daily Show commentators and narrated by Susan... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Esra Caglayan