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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Colbert Narrator: Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781607889694
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In 2007, Stephen Colbert changed the political landscape forever with I am America, (and So Can You). That landscape will change even further as the world encounters its long-awaited sequel, America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't. In this monumental political text, Colbert unveils further wisdom which he has gained from his experiences since the first book was published.

In this insightful, profound, and sometimes scathing expose, Colbert explores why America, the #1 nation at being the best at greatness, perfect though it may be, is broken. He walks the reader through the realities which face our great nation. We no longer manufacture, we owe China more than we are worth, and our supposed leader travels the world apologizing on our behalf. Meanwhile, four star hotels have phones which don't provide a dedicated spa button, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that this country is going down the wrong path. Addressing topics like the financial crisis, welfare, and the Citizens United ruling, Colbert demonstrates once and for all where America has gone wrong, and how she can once again be as great as she already is.

Secrets from Colbert's many adventures are provided for those who wish to follow in his footsteps. The rationale behind his nearly successful presidential campaign is explained so that aspiring politicians can duplicate his non-winning formula. His experience as a migrant worker provides new insights into the immigration problem. And to top it all off, the entire book is read in Colbert's own, sultry, world-famous voice.

Rev. Sir Doctor Sen. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ph.D is the greatest man of all time. While his day job is hosting the greatest news program of all time, he has also found time to serve as a political activist, testified as an expert witness before Congress, mounted a campaign for president, and generally made the world a better place.

Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we’re the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.

But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can’t exchange it because we’re 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around—we don’t make anything anymore, we’ve mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the LA Four Seasons Hotel doesn’t even have a dedicated phone button for the spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?!

It’s high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!

Luckily, America Again will single-bookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subjects ranging from health care (“I shudder to think where we’d be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering”) to the economy (“Life is giving us lemons, and we’re shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade”) to food (“Feel free to deep fry this book—it’s a rich source of fiber”), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagine if Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald teamed up to write the Greatest American Book. Now imagine that didn’t happen and instead Stephen Colbert wrote one. Because that’s what happened…America Again is a working of stunning clarity and bold vision, and it contains some of the best hyperbole ever written in the history of mankind…Sure to become a classic as treasured as Moby-Dick or the CliffNotes to Moby-Dick. I give it three thumbs up out of four stars.”

    Stephen Colbert, New York Times bestselling author of America Again

  • “Elections aren’t really a laughing matter—not usually. But America Again seeks to change that. Following up on 2007’s bestselling I Am America (And So Can You!), the writing team behind The Colbert Report delivers an election-time parody that employs the cocksure, egotistical voice of ‘Stephen Colbert’ to inform readers about how our country is ‘Americeptional’ in a wide range of subjects: like health care, Wall Street, energy, and, of course, elections. Depending on your political bent, you’ll rank this book anywhere from amusing to downright hilarious.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A stimulus package for your funny bone.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “For better and worse, the book should make American readers feel proud to be Americans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Colbert returns to narrate another amusing and satirical trip down the road of extreme radical conservatism. Chapter by chapter, he tackles the big issues—from American exceptionalism to immigrants to universal healthcare to unions—with a straight face and a brutal wit.”

    AudioFile

  • “America is number one, except that it’s not, really, proclaims political satirist Colbert. We don’t make anything anymore, and our future is in the hands of the Chinese. Does Colbert have recommendations? ‘Feel free to deep-fry this book—it’s a rich source of fiber.’ Maybe laughing will help.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 10 Book, October 2012
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2012
  • Winner of the Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album
  • A 2014 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 2/11/2014

    " I also got this on audio and it was confusing. There were some parts that had me laughing out loud, which made my long drive fly by. I picked up the book and saw there are pictures. I don't own a TV and I've never seen The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, but I was curious about the book. I know it was satirical but some of the serious stuff was really informative. Overall, I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/9/2014

    " While this book had me giggling and obnoxiously telling family at Christmas what I was laughing at, I lost interest about halfway through. The writing style, while amusing, critiques American society to some extent but then leaves you mostly unfulfilled as it never quite drives the point home. I know, I know, it's satire; it's only meant to make you think! I simply felt that much of this book pointed out obvious flaws in American or other contemporary societies' rhetoric (immigrants bad! guns good!) while never truly criticizing anything. That being said, this book had me laughing out loud at times, and if you leave it in the bathroom this book may prove to be a solid read. Ultimately, however, as a lover of Stephen Colbert's show, I have to say that reading the book left something to be desired; namely, the opinion of whoever he would be interviewing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanisha | 2/9/2014

    " If you're a fan, you're going to love it. I prefer to space out the completely separate sections of the book and read them between other books. This way, I'm delaying my satisfaction by having many little trinkets to read when I want a good laugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 2/1/2014

    " Only thing I can legally say is.....antedelopean "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/30/2014

    " He's a lot funnier on TV than in writing. In writing, without his vocal and expressive cues, he was really kind of annoying. The footnotes irritated me way more than they added any humor value. Maybe I should've listened to the audiobook... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/23/2014

    " I really shouldn't read comedy books when I'm suffering a physical pain or perhaps a little Colbert goes a long way but for whatever reason I got more enjoyment from watching any episode of The Colbert Report than this book. Again please note that I was considerably distracted while reading it (and really not in the best of moods). The footnotes did seem to become a joke that he rode too far though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Goldberg | 1/20/2014

    " I love Stephen Colbert. For some reason, though, his books aren't quite as funny as his regular TV show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/17/2014

    " Read this via flashlight during Hurricane Sandy. It kept me laughing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/8/2014

    " Hilarious and better than I am America "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristen | 1/5/2014

    " Oh Stephen! There were a few parts that were a bit slow, but others that were incredibly funny. I loved the health insurance app and the common drug guide. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gab Rose | 12/28/2013

    " Very funny. My favorite chapters were "Energy" and "Food". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Zurell | 12/28/2013

    " Good for a few laughs. You know the formula. An annoying book to hold - wish I got the ebook instead of the hard copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amr | 12/27/2013

    " Very very funny. Read the whole thing in almost one setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/25/2013

    " Absolutely hilarious. It's like watching the TV show. Obviously not terrible high on substance, though I will say some great truths snuck in there. For example: pre-rich is the way a good deal of low income Americans view themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anjela | 12/6/2013

    " If you love the Colbert Report this is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 12/1/2013

    " A funny look at America from a conservative point of view. Colbert doesn't hold back and it makes for a thought provoking read alongside the humor. The 3D wasn't really needed but it was a fun side note. This is one of my favorite books of 2012. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/16/2013

    " Kind of like a longer version of his show. His satire always makes me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 10/28/2013

    " Constantly making me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Franchetti larsen | 10/19/2013

    " It made me laugh out loud regularly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G0rd0 | 9/9/2013

    " Reads just like a script of the show. Funny, clever, irreverent, and never dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/3/2013

    " Not his best work, but still entertaining as an audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katiekins | 7/1/2013

    " Even better than his first book. Really, really funny. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Crowe | 6/17/2013

    " Eh. Definitely a good bathroom book, but reading it turned into flipping through. Some amusing parts if you have the will to read all of it, but as it's a library book I flipped, skimmed and was over it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/18/2013

    " The image of Alan Greenspan alone makes this book worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 4/17/2013

    " I love Stephen Colbert. I think he's hilarious, and this book made me laugh out loud to myself over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/1/2013

    " If you like his show, you'll love him reading his audio book. Nuff said. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 H Wesselius | 1/25/2013

    " I was amused but the greatness of Colbert doesn't translate well from television to book. Literary satire is difficult to do right and this isn't done right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinna | 1/22/2013

    " This was a pretty amusing book. It almost seems serious (which is good for a satire). I liked the formatting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/6/2013

    " It was like reading his show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/30/2012

    " Loved it!! Another great book by Stephen Colbert. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/3/2012

    " Any time I have to stifle a laugh when I'm reading on the train means it's an entertaining book. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert was born and raised near Charleston, South Carolina. He is the host, writer, and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning series The Colbert Report; he was also The Daily Show’s longest-running and most diverse correspondent. His book, I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!), is a New York Times bestseller, occupying the number one spot for thirteen weeks. Colbert also contributed to the #1 New York Times bestseller AMERICA (THE BOOK): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction. He has appeared on shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Saturday Night Live. Colbert, his wife Evelyn, and their three children reside in the New York metropolitan area.