Luke, January 13, 2008 (view all comments by Luke)
From the moment I picked up the book, I was hooked. Imagine the best comic political commentary. Now, were one to distill that, and then formulate paper from the essence, this book would be written upon the sheets. And if you like the book, I can't stress enough how much you will love the audiobook as well.
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StephenWright, November 27, 2007 (view all comments by StephenWright)
Stephen Colbert forces us to follow the words of Christ. He has also shared with us the complete transcript of his speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner. As you may recall, his remarks underminded not only Bush, but the entire D.C. elite. Given that he cut so close to the bone of his audience that the next year they invited Rich Little to be the "keynote" entertainer so that there would be no "danger" of anyone saying anything relevant or critical of the elite in D.C.
Colbert concludes the reason he wrote the book was because he fears America has lost its "ba11s". He claims he has written a constitution for the Colbert Nation, and agrees we may not agree with everything he had to say. But at the very least, we will understand that our differing opinion is wrong. Thanks Stephen Colbert! I would also recommend, if you missed reading TINO GEORGIOU'S masterpiece--THE FATES, go and read it. With fascinating and brilliantly created characters in `THE FATES' coupled with two intertwining plots makes for a completely enjoyable and page-turning read.
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JCBunnell, October 11, 2007 (view all comments by JCBunnell)
Actually, Colbert appears to have scammed Powell's out of $8 (a TV news report quotes a Powell's spokesperson to the effect that they sent him a check). In most cases, an author gets the same royalty whether the retailer sells his book at list price or discounts it, and the usual royalty on a $26.99 trade hardcover is $2.16 to $4.05 (which he will in fact get from his publisher on that very copy of the book, six months to a year from now, assuming he's earned out his advance). Thus, if he cashes that $8 check, you can make a case that Colbert has successfully committed extortion on national television.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Realizing that 'it takes more than thirty minutes a night to fix everything that's destroying America,' Colbert bravely takes on the forces aligned to destroy our country — 'whether they be terrorists, environmentalists, or Kashi brand breakfast cereals.' His various targets include nature ('I've never trusted the sea. What's it hiding under there?'), the Hollywood Blacklist ('I would have named enough names to fill the Moscow phone book'), and atheists ('Imagine going through life completely duped into thinking that there's no invisible, omniscient higher power guiding every action on Earth. It's just so arbitrary!'). Colbert also provides helpful illustrations and charts ('Things That Are Trying to Turn Me Gay'), a complete transcript of his infamous speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner, and a special 'Holiday' DVD, all of which add up to a book that is sure to be a bestseller and match the success of Colbert's former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart's America (The Book)." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The fabulously fatuous father of 'truthiness' and other neocon mantras expands his media icon with the obligatory book — and, read in the proper spirit, it's a lot of fun....[Y]es, take Colbert seriously. Like a heart attack. Or like Lenny Bruce."
by Janet Maslin, New York Times,
"[I]t culminates in a reprint of Mr. Colbert's blistering political speech delivered at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner."
by Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram,
"[T]here's more than enough here to keep the faithful quoting him through the holidays."
by St. Petersburg Times,
"This book...is wicked funny, but Colbert's performance is what makes the show soar....[N]othing can take the place of the real fake Stephen Colbert."
I Am America (and So Can You) is Stephen Colbert's attempt to wedge his brain between hardback covers. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: Faith, Family, Politics...Hygiene.
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From Stephen Colbert, the host of television's highest-rated punditry show The Colbert Report, comes the book to fill the other 23¿ hours of your day. I Am America (And So Can You!) contains all of the opinions that Stephen doesn't have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast.
Dictated directly into a microcassette recorder over a three-day weekend, this book contains Stephen's most deeply held knee-jerk beliefs on The American Family, Race, Religion, Sex, Sports, and many more topics, conveniently arranged in chapter form.
Always controversial and outspoken, Stephen addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches, why evolution is a fraud, and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones.
You may not agree with everything Stephen says, but at the very least, you'll understand that your differing opinion is wrong.
I Am America (And So Can You!) showcases Stephen Colbert at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long.
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