Like Jon Stewart needs any more accolades. The Emmy-winning, magazine cover-hogging host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show received a new honor this week, as Publishers Weekly named America (the Book) its Book of the Year. ''In a year defined by political polemics, it seems fitting that PW's Book of the Year be one in which the authors survey the entire political system and laugh,'' the trade magazine wrote.
The bestselling civics-textbook spoof, cowritten by Stewart and Daily Show scribes Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum, ''offers more than just humor, however. Beneath the eye-catching and at times goofy graphics, the dirty jokes and the playful ingenuousness shines a serious critique of the two-party system, the corporations that finance it and the 'spineless cowards in the press' who 'aggressively print allegation and rumor independent of accuracy or fairness.''' Plus, it's the only book this year that contains naked photos of the Supreme Court Justices.