The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

Format:  Hardcover,

244 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780446579223

ISBN-10: 044657922X

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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. Also available as an ebook and as an audiobook.

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Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780446579223
ISBN-10: 044657922X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 244
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.5 x 10.25 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Stewart, Jon

Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born on November 28, 1962 in New York City. He attended the College of William an's Mary and graduated in 1984. He started as a stand-up comedian when he made his debut at a club called The Bitter End. He began using the stage name Jon Stewart by dropping his last name and changing the spelling of his middle name Stuart to Stewart. He entered television as host of the Short Attention Span theater for Comedy Central.

He then went on to host his own show Mn MTV called the Jon Stewart Show which was the first talk show on the network to become a fast hit. He became host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in 1999 which combines humor with the day's top news stories. As the Daily Show gained popularity Jon Stewart won his first Emmy award in 2001. Jon Stewart has won a total of 13 Emmys as either writer or producer for The Daily Show, which ah's also been nominated for many news and journalism awards.

In 2005, The Daily Show and Jon Stewart also received a Best Comedy Album Grammy Award for the audio book edition of America (The Book). The print version was on the best selling U.S. books in 2004. His title Earth: The Book: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. He became known as the critic of CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Jon Stewart also hosted the 78th and 80th Academy Awards.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-01-01)

The premise of this follow-up to Stewart and crew's best-selling America (The Book) is that the human species has expired; the purpose of it is thus to explain the now-extinct human society and history to whatever alien life forms may someday occupy Earth. Its real purpose, of course, is to satirize society for the entertainment of today's humans, especially Americans. The volume's nine chapters are devoted to "Earth", "Life", "Man", "The Life Cycle", "Society", "Commerce", "Religion", "Science", and "Culture". At its best, the book is uproariously funny, particularly when it ridicules political shibboleths or daringly tackles major world religions. At its worst, it can be a bit repetitious and too obvious in its choice of targets.

Verdict: Overall, this is very entertaining. The intermittent use of obscene and scatological terms makes its target audience readers 18 and over.

- Jack W. Weigel, Ann Arbor, MI

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-01-01)

Following the 2004 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction-the Hachette Audio version of which won a Grammy Award-Stewart and the writers of his celebrated Daily Show together narrate this satirical overview of humanity written as though it were being explained to aliens of the future who discover Earth after the demise of all human life. Stewart, the primary narrator, explains religion, history, commerce, government, customs, and society in his trademark delivery.

Unfortunately, he often swallows his punch lines, thus defeating the efficacy of many of the jokes. Perhaps his brand of humor is better suited to television. Nonetheless, this is a timely and entertaining title sure to do well among Stewart's many fans, who will doubtless laugh along. Recommended.

- J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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