I picked this book up mostly because I was in the mood for something short and funny. And, even though I don’t watch “The Colbert Report,” I had hopes this would be both.
It was short, anyway.
As for the funny, sometimes it was. There were moments when I did chuckle and even a few when I actually laughed out loud. But, mostly I had to constantly remind myself that This Was Satire. I’m not quite sure if this was a parody of or a commentary on conservative thinking, but either way, I spent much of my time thinking “And … so?”
If Colbert’s point was commentary on conservative thinking, then sometimes it was brilliant. At times. Sometimes, he went on rants that I thought worked (and worked well) if you read them ironically. Other times, I thought I Am America was a terrific parody of conservative culture; he got the stereotypical Redneck Conservative Jerk down to a T. But — perhaps like that of all good satirists — the effort was incredibly uneven. While there were moments of hilarity and moments of brilliance, most of it didn’t work for me. And — again for me, at least — I had to remind myself that the “reality” of this book is really that it isn’t.
In the end, though, I was left with one thought: Jon Stewart is SO much funnier.
Rated: High for language, including more f-bombs than were necessary.