Friday, April 29, 2011

Jessi Reviews "I Am America (And So Can You!)"

Title/Author: I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing, 2007
How I Got This: It was a Christmas present from a few years back
Why I Read It: I'm a fan of Stephen Colbert and his t.v. show!
Rating: 3 Stars 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

It's been a while since I've written a review, as this has been the semester from hell. If there's one thing that got me through, it was this book, that's for sure! 

This book was hi-lar-i-ous! That being said, I personally am a fan of Stephen Colbert's and Jon Stewart's shows. I love their sense of humor. Be warned, however--for the faint of heart, you'll probably come out of this offended at least once. This reads as one long joke, though, so if you don't take it too seriously, you'll get a good laugh and have a good time reading this one. 

This book is separated into chapters and sections, displaying Colbert's "beliefs" about topics, such as family, religion, sports and media. The chapters are all pretty short, making it an easy read if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. It was so nice for me to pick this book up on study breaks, have a good laugh, and get back to work. If you're looking for a cohesive read, this probably isn't your best bet, but as I've said, it works best if you're looking for something to read in small spurts. 

Overall, this is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I recommend this to fans of Colbert or Stewart or to those who don't take things too seriously and who are looking for a good laugh. 


  1. The audiobook of this one was fantastic as well!

  2. Yes, I read this when it was published. I'll never look at a baby carrot the same way again! : )

  3. My friend said this book was absolutely hilarious! She loved it! Great review :) This one is going on the top of my list!

  4. Loved this book and I haven't heard of many people who have read it! Big fan of Stephen and Jon - I'm learning and laughing while watching/reading them.

  5. Never read this one, but I've read both of Jon Stewart's books and absolutely LOVED them! I'm sure Colbert couldn't be all that different! Thanks for the great review.


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