Subtitled “A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race”, this book attempts to summarize what we looked like, what we accomplished, and out achievements in society for the aliens that are bound to find our planet after we disappear (a result of climate change, no doubt). Or, if you look at it another way, it’s a funny way of stating that if the human race disappears off the Earth, it will be entirely our fault.
Echoing the textbook style adapted in America (The Book), this book is not nearly as funny or well-structured as it predecessor. It’s kind of all over the place in terms of content and structure because it’s heavy on graphics and contains very little text. While the funniest parts of the book are the text about the pictures, they are also the hardest read because the text is tiny.
I did keep interrupting my parents to read small sections of the satirical, tongue-in-cheek texts to them that I found hysterical. Unfortunately, after the first thirty or so pages, these moments became few and far between. The book focuses more on pop culture whereas Stewart and the gang have always focused on politics (which was heavily covered in the previous book), and I really missed that aspect of his humor.
- Stewart, Jon. America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction. New York, NY: Warner Books, 2004. Print. 220 pgs. ISBN: 9780446532686. Source: Gift.
- Stewart, Jon. Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. New York, NY: Grand Central, 2010. Print. 246 pgs. ISBN: 044657922X. Source: Borrowed from my brother.