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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 wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroeand#8217;s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fansand#8217; strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: and#8226; What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? and#8226; Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? and#8226; What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? and#8226; Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
About the Author
Jon Stewart was born in New York and lives with his wife and children in New York City.
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