New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2007
Those of you who are in withdrawal due to the cessation of production of the Comedy Central program The Colbert Report during the writers' strike will find your fix in Stephen Colbert's first tome. I Am America (And So Can You!) is a highly entertaining, occasionally off-color, look at the modern day United States, coupled with Colbert's answers to the problems facing the country.
Colbert, for those unfamiliar with his shtick, parodies conservative television hosts like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. The real genius of Stephen Colbert, though, is that viewers can never really be sure when Colbert is putting them on, and the line between parody and persona is often blurred. The book is filled with nuggets of reactionary wisdom such as this:
If there's a bigger contributor to left-wing elitist brainwashing than colleges and universities, I'd like to see it. There's an old saying, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Which means a lot of knowledge must be a really dangerous thing.Be sure also to read the text in the margins and the footnotes of I Am America, for some of the funniest material appears here, some of which parallels the Colbert Report's "Wørd" segments. Colbert's book provides several hours of hilarity, and if you limit yourself to ten pages a day, you might survive until The Colbert Report returns to the airwaves.