America (The Book)

America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction is a 2004 humor book written by Jon Stewart and other writers of The Daily Show that parodies and satirizes American politics and worldview. It has won several awards, and generated some controversy. America (The Book) was written and edited by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum, and other writers of The Daily Show. Karlin was the show’s executive producer and Javerbaum its head writer. The book is written as a parody of a US high school civics textbook, complete with study guides, questions, and class exercises. Also included are scholarly «Were You Aware?» boxes, one of which explains that «the term ‘Did You Know’ is copyrighted by a rival publisher». The book provides discussion questions to mock history study guide books, with ridiculous questions such as: «Would you rather be a king or slave? Why or why not?». It pokes fun at the American political system, and includes a chapter caricaturing stereotypical American views of the rest of the world.

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America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction is a 2004 humor book written by Jon Stewart and other writers of The Daily Show that parodies and satirizes American politics and worldview. It has won several awards, and generated some controversy. America (The Book) was written and edited by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum, and other writers of The Daily Show. Karlin was the show’s executive producer and Javerbaum its head writer. The book is written as a parody of a US high school civics textbook, complete with study guides, questions, and class exercises. Also included are scholarly «Were You Aware?» boxes, one of which explains that «the term ‘Did You Know’ is copyrighted by a rival publisher». The book provides discussion questions to mock history study guide books, with ridiculous questions such as: «Would you rather be a king or slave? Why or why not?». It pokes fun at the American political system, and includes a chapter caricaturing stereotypical American views of the rest of the world.

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