“Basically just like the Colbert Report but in handy book form. Stephen hits all the highlights, Law, Politics, Food, all the things that make America Great. If you liked his first book, or The Report you will probably like this one.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Basically just like the Colbert Report but in handy book form. Stephen hits all the highlights, Law, Politics, Food, all the things that make America Great. If you liked his first book, or The Report you will probably like this one. ”Ethan S wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This review is about the humorous yet factual book, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert. This book is a satirical book about the American government and the Colbert’s opinion on “the ideal government” and what the country could do to “re-become the greatness they never weren’t”. America Again is a factual comedy that really reveals America’s potential to take back the rightful title of “the Greatest Nation on Earth”.
Colbert’s writing style, much like his TV show, the Colbert Report is very sarcastic and illustrative (there might be approximately 3-5 pictures per page). The Colbert Report discusses much the same topics as the book does. The books Colbert writes are just another platform for him to voice his opinion on the government and America itself (usually a very strong left-wing opinion).
The author’s sense of humor can come through and relate to any reader. He has a dry and crude sense of humor, while also being able to show a childish immature side through images on the page. The images used in the book truly help to picture some of the more mature topics Colbert is trying to get across. There can be a deeper meaning to some of the images which allows older readers to enjoy the book, while younger readers can have a laugh at which actor is better looking, John Travolta or Nicolas Cage? (Page 52)
Another important part to the book is the emphasis on making it interesting for a younger audience (younger being 15-18 year olds). The real message behind America Again is providing readers with the knowledge that America needs to get back on track to “re-become” that great nation it once was, and in order to get this message across properly, Colbert used his fame and sense of humor to translate this book for that teenage audience. I’m 15 and I learned new things while laughing at sarcastic comments about America’s economic issues.
A great example Colbert’s teaching strategy was his story, “The Aynt and the Grasshopper”. In Colbert’s story, the ant took what he wanted and did not apologize for his success and the grasshopper took their time. As winter arrives, the grasshopper came to the ant’s door, pleading for a meal. Shortly after, they were both crushed by the foot of Ayn Rand because the way ants work together in their colony reminded her of Socialism. Teenager’s would especially appreciate this joke, as they might be reading an Ayn Rand book in English class.
America Again is almost like a gateway to other educational books about democracy and government (mostly in America). Facts and stories are told sarcastically so the book can easily become confusing for some readers. Some topics Colbert discusses may also only appeal to an audience that is aware of current and past events. An example is a quote Colbert took from Newt Gingrich, "America's exceptional greatness . . . (is) the result of American Exceptionalism.’ This quote really only appeals to readers who know Newt Gingrich and appreciate this sense of humor.
This book truly isn’t like any other book I’ve ever read. Regardless of the fact this book has a great amount of images and is largely based on sarcasm, it’s a very enjoyable and different book. One that’s easy to sit down and read for an hour and get lost because you actually enjoy the book and the authors hilarious sense of humor.
Another interesting part about this book is the lack of characters, setting, plot, etc. because there isn’t any. It’s all fact and opinion, with a few pictures in place to really get the message across. The topics keep rolling along with sarcasm and wit until the last page and the book comes to an end. Books like these are hard to write a review on. There isn’t a large amount to talk about, due to the lack of characters, setting, plot, etc.
America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't doesn't have a beautiful story to it, with amazing character development and structure. It’s just a funny book that tells true facts about government and democracy and gives ‘Easy Solutions’ (a chapter in the book itself) to put America back on track. It’s definitely a book to be read by people who appreciate a laugh and a good sense of humor.
“Not funny. Too cliche”Jones wrote this review Wednesday, September 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was highly amused as always. Colbert just makes me laugh.”Karen K - Ohio wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hilarious! of coarse. It's Stephen Colbert.”Lord Emperor Nad wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hysterical, I like his health are program better than Mike Burgess's.
Hard to read for extended periods. ”
“No need to review it. It was a quick fun read, with lots of good comedy in it. If you like Colbert, you'll like this book. Jump into it!”Mike L wrote this review Friday, March 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Light and funny read. If you like his show, you'll like the book.”James B wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was funny in parts, but was disappointing in comparison to his other work. ”Tracy Zielinski wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No