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America
A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
by The Daily Show
with John Stewart
Book Review by Amy Coffin
You’ve read the disparaging statistics. Half of Americans can’t find Canada on a European map, but can name at least eight of Van Halen’s nine past and present lead singers. Is there any publication that can help our citizens stay better informed about the history, herstory and even thatguysstory of this great nation? Behold the answer: America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.

This handy vessel of wisdom is brought to you by Jon Stewart and the knowledgeable folks who bring us The Daily Show. America is written in textbook format. For those who don’t remember, textbooks were those things your teachers gave you that sat in your locker all year.

This textbook is different, however, because it’s funny. Following the Foreword by Thomas Jefferson are eight chapters that humorously illustrate democracy, including every painful flaw of the truths we Americans hold to be self-evident.

Just when you start getting depressed about the state of the nation, the writers conclude the book with a ninth chapter titled, “The Rest of the World: International House of Horrors” for an instant pick-me-up. For instance, did you know that Spain is the world’s leading exporter of naps? Now you do. See page 194 for details.

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show cast are equal opportunity offenders in their television show. Their talents cross over nicely in written form, making America a must read for the informed and hopelessly misinformed. Just don’t buy the book at your local Wal-Mart. They’ve got a problem with the nekkid Supreme Court Justices on page 99 or somethin’.


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