Save the Date: “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.”

Stephen Colbert appearances

Stephen Colbert’s “America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” is set to be released on October 2nd, 2012.

The book will be published by Grand Central Publishing, and will be available in hardcover, e-book and as an audio book.

“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 L.A. 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 singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subject’s ranging from healthcare (“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.”

(Thanks to Mariana312 for the Tip!)

  • Shellichelle

    Very excited for this! I had no idea it had a title and synopsis already-all I knew was he and his writers were working on a book for Fall release.

  • lockhart43

    What an excellent title! And I love that synopsis – no one writes a book promo like The Colbert Crew. I’m so excited for this book I can hardly stand waiting until October (though it’s entirely fitting, as it’s just in time for the election).

  • Ann G

    I was wondering when we’d hear anything about this! I even poked around online not too long ago to see if there was anything, and there wasn’t. This should be great.

  • Karenatasha

    I”m hoping for store visits or a 92nd St Y talk + signing in NYC upon the book’s release. *Fingers crossed/Hoping hard*

  • Cosmo

    The Washington Post links here. 😀 I love these nonsensical titles. Re-becoming the greatness we never weren’t… I’ll have to think about that one for a while. It’s making my head hurt. And of course the book description is amazing. Oh, October… So close, yet so far…

  • karenatasha

    Oh, dear: who in the publishing company or Amazon (but probably the former) messed this up?:

    “Covering subject’s ranging from healthcare…”

    There should be no apostrophe! Tsk-tsk. Actually, as the person who writes the descriptions and handles the feed for the publishing company I work for, I have sympathetic pains.

    • Katt


      I am constantly confused with when the correct time to use an apostrophe is. We were never taught it at school, only in regards to “its” and “it’s”. Even our English teacher didn’t know how to use it and was mortified when she realised she had no idea herself.

      • Karenatasha

        Well, except for the “it” situation–where the apostrophe is only used for “it is,” never as possessive–the apostrophe is used as a possessive or in contractions.

        In the case it cited, there is no possessive at all: “subjects” just happens to be plural. For example: The subjects I study include English and French.

        • Karenatasha

          Whoops: In the case “I” cited. :-/

  • Kris

    I dearly hope there will be an audio version of this book as well. I usually enjoy reading myself but have Wigfield and I am America and So Can You on audio as it’s so much fun to hear him read it. Uh, I mean shout it.

    • Ann G

      Kris, Amazon does have an audiobook listed, although it doesn’t say yet who’s reading it. But I would assume that Stephen will be shouting it at us again.

      • Kris

        Thanks Ann! I recently got back from vacation and am trying hard to resist looking at any shopping sites until I get my taxes ^_^

  • Karenatasha

    Interestingly, Stephen’s deal for the children’s book just appeared in the publishing industry newsletter, Publishers Lunch. (No apostrophe, because the newsletter doesn’t have one. I always feel it should.)

    That means it must have been signed very recently–probably within the last week.

    • Kris

      Karenatasha, I always feel like a hypocrite (as I am a terrible speller) but I know what you mean about huge publications having poor grammar. It rarely bothers me when the average Joe messes up your/you’re or there/their/they’re etc. Still, one would think that an organization called “Publishers Lunch” would know to use the apostrophe. I know I nearly typed it in myself, just now:)

      • Karenatasha

        Okay, Kris: Publishers Lunch is not wrong. I have conferred with the grammar expert in my company and she pointed out that if “lunch” is a verb and “publishers” its subject, that’s correct. had a DOH! moment. It’s as if you said: PUBLISHERS EAT or PUBLISHERS EDIT.

        I guess I rarely think of “to lunch” as a verb anymore. Shall we lunch today?