The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, December 06, 2004  

Books, Recommended or Otherwise

America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction

Jon Stewart
et al.
New York: Warner Books, September 2004
Rittenhouse Rating: Very Highly Recommended

Publishers Weekly has named America the Book of the Year, observing, “America (The Book) offers more than just humor, however. Beneath the eye-catching and at times goofy graphics, the dirty jokes and the playful ingenuousness shines a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the ‘spineless cowards in the press’ who ‘aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy or fairness.’”

Jon Stewart and his colleagues at “The Daily Show” have assembled an alternative textbook on American history, for adults, right down to the familiar stamp on the inside front cover. And just as viewers of the television program are better informed than those who watch the major networks, readers of the book will be rewarded with a review of American history that leaves them more advanced in knowledge and understanding than their family and friends.

(Rittenhouse Reading-Room Ratings: Must Reading, Very Highly Recommended, Highly Recommended, Recommended, Not Recommended.)

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