February 28, 2013

Review #11 : Stephen Colbert's America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't



Stephen Colbert's brand of humor is something I subscribe to.  I love his show on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report.  I didn't get a chance to read his first book, but I got this one for Christmas and I have really loved reading it.  Colbert gives a fun satirical twist to all things about America.  There are even 3D images and glasses!

Here are some quotes for you.  I read the whole book in Colbert's voice, recalling his mannerisms from the show, which I think made it even funnier.

Colbert on American Exceptionalism: "And hey, I'm not blind.  I know America has a little junk in the trunk. She's no longer a trim 13 colonies.  But that's just more of her to love. She'll only be as pretty as you make Her feel. Boost Her confidence. Tell Her She's beautiful from Her Purple Mountains to Her Amber Waves. (Is she a natural amber? Yes! The curtains match the grain.)" 


Colbert on Jobs: "If you were to lay every unemployed American end to end, they would let you, if you paid them.  Our customer service jobs are being outsourced to India.  Our manufacturing jobs are being outsourced to China.  And our complaining-about-losing-work-to-India-and-China jobs are being outsourced to Guatemala.  This level of joblessness is unprecedented, with the exception of the Reconstruction, the Great Depression, the mid-70's, and the early-80's.  Those last two don't have cool capitalized names, so we'll call them The Disco Downturn and Jimmy Carter's Poisoned Peanut." 


From the Book: "Need more proof that voter fraud exists?  Look at these suspiciously similar faces."


Colbert on Wall Street: "Dollar coins make no sense.  They're too bulky and unwieldy. And think about vending machines- it your dollar coin is wrinkled, how are you going to smooth it out?  Most daunting to the dollar coin is that they feature women, which, given the current pay scale, means it is only worth 75% as much as a man-dollar." 


America Again is a funny book to lighten up any heavy novels you might be reading.  Take a break and laugh!


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10 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    I've never seen Colbert's show and I'm not even American, but reading the passages you've quoted makes me want to check this out! =)

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  2. I have read Colbert's first book but hadn't really seen his second around-the quotes here are encouraging me to pick it up!

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  3. I think he's funny in doses. I listened to his first book on audio and it got to be too much after a while.

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    1. I did break up reading the book, so it never got to be too much for me while reading it.

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  4. I can never decide if I like him or John Stewart. I appreciate what they do, but sometimes I feel as if they are helping to further the problem. I guess I'm of two minds about him.

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    1. I actually watched a biography program about Jon Stewart on Netflix from Bloomburg Game Changers. Journalists apparently really like how he brings his love of politics to an audience who otherwise wouldn't pay attention. It's a great 30-minute show on Instant if you get Netflix!

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  5. I loved the 3D glasses and pictures! Stephen is hilarious. Did you ever listen to his White House speech?

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    1. I probably have, but honestly can't remember right now. I swear, my memory gets worse by the day!

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