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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (the Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Raceby Jon Stewart
You already know from the title whether you want this book. If you love The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, and their first book, America (the Book), then prepare yourself for a hilarious, tear-stained laugh-fest that will send neighbors running with alarm, defibrillators at the ready.
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The eagerly awaited new book from the Emmy-winning, Oscar-hosting, Daily Show-anchoring Jon Stewart — the man behind the megaseller America (The Book).
Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here?
These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture — all in a tome of approximately 256 pages with lots of color photos, graphs and charts.
After two weeks of hard work, they had their book. Earth (The Book) is the definitive guide to our species. With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life's most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.
"Eight-time Emmy-winner Stewart (America: The Book) seeks to expand his audience to aliens who might land on earth after the extinction of the human race and be puzzled over the artifacts we've left behind. 'Greetings... on behalf of not only ourselves, but the entire Viacom family,' he writes in this laugh-out-loud, rollicking social satire. In place of skits there are elaborate, color illustrations accompanied by captions written with his trademark deadpan humor; for instance, a photo of a mother and baby-elephant holds the caption, 'advances in contraception and industrialized food production allowed modern couples to have fewer offspring, while leaving the total weight of families constant.' Nothing is off-limits here, not even Benjamin Franklin, whose pithy saying 'Nothing is certain but death and taxes' Stewart expands upon. The book ends with a plea to the aliens to reconstruct the human race from DNA in the hope that, with guidance from the visitors, 'we could overcome the baser aspects of our nature... and give this planet the kind of caretakers it deserves,' revealing the tears behind Stewart's clown. Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
First America (The Book). Now The Earth.
Earth (The Book) is the eagerly awaited new book from Emmy Award-winning Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart and his team of writers.
Jon Stewart and The Daily Show take readers on an intellectual voyage through time — a quest back to the very moment of creation — that will maybe, just maybe, help them to figure out exactly how and why everything got so irretrievably messed up.
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask
From the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What If?, a series of brilliantly—and simply!—annotated blueprints that explain everything from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens
The Oprah Winfrey Show came to an end on May 25, 2011, after 25 years on television. Arguably the most influential television personality of all time, Ms. Winfrey and her show have had an impact on American culture that cannot be overstated. This beautifully illustrated book will explore and celebrate the legacy of the show using essays and tributes from a stellar group of contributors including Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinem, John Travolta, and more. The book will feature photographs from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on the air, including the farewell season.
Essays within the book will be dedicated to different themes (e.g., personal growth, social action, and literature) and will explore how the show has touched peopleand#8217;s lives and impacted the conversation around those issues. The essays will be followed by narrative text, which will guide the reader through the history of the showand#8217;s involvement with each topic and will include stories about the events, people, and organizations that have acted as touchstones or provided insights along the way. Accompanying the essays and narrative text will be images from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as signature portraits of the contributing celebrities taken by noted photographers.
The book will allow Oprah Winfrey Show fans to understand the broad cultural impact of the show, while revisiting favorite guests, episodes, and stories.
Praise for Oprah Winfrey Show:and#160;Reflections on an American Legacy:
and#8220;A lavish and loving tribute to the television personality, icon, and philanthropist makes a powerful case for Oprahand#8217;s centrality and influence on American culture. . . . The book shines when it . . . gives us, in its gorgeous photographs, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the empty studio, the primping process (with no fewer than three makeup artists), and the vast army of producers and writers behind Oprahand#8217;s magic.and#8221;and#160;
and#8220;A big, glossy paean to the queen of talk . . . A chance to relive the first twenty-five years of and#8216;ahaand#8217; moments.and#8221; and#8212;USA Today
and#8220;[A] sumptuous tribute to the talk-show icon.and#8221; and#8212;Washington Post (A Best Book of 2011)
and#8220;This is a perfect gift for any Oprah fan or anyone just looking for inspiration.and#8221; and#8212;Dallas Morning News
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
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Jon Stewart was born in New York and lives with his wife and children in New York City.
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