Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Political Humor. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
“With American on Purpose , Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies. He has, instead, written a book that is hilarious and irrepressibly daft, yet also kind, poignant, and undeniably wise. It was a joy to read.” (Dennis Lehane, New York Times best-selling author of The Given Day ) Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way, he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer. To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: success on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show , and later as the host of CBS's Late Late Show . By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a US citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008. In American on Purpose , Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.
- Author: Craig Ferguson
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Actors & Entertainers
2. The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
The complete uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart , as told by its correspondents, writers, and host. For almost 17 years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. It launched the careers of some of today's most significant comedians, highlighted the hypocrisies of the powerful, and garnered 23 Emmys. Now the show's behind-the-scenes gags, controversies, and camaraderie are chronicled by the players themselves, from legendary host Jon Stewart to the star cast members and writers - including Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Steve Carell, Lewis Black, Jessica Williams, John Hodgman, and Larry Wilmore - plus some of The Daily Show 's most prominent guests and adversaries: John and Cindy McCain, Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, and many more. This oral history takes the listener behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics - a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world. Through years of incisive election coverage, Jon Stewart's emotional monologue in the wake of 9/11, his infamous confrontation on Crossfire , passionate debates with President Obama and Hillary Clinton, feuds with Bill O'Reilly and Fox, the Indecisions, Mess O'Potamia, and provocative takes on Wall Street and racism, The Daily Show has been a cultural touchstone. Now, for the first time, the people behind the show's seminal moments come together to share their memories of the last-minute rewrites, improvisations, pranks, romances, blowups, and moments of Zen both on and off the set of one of America's most groundbreaking shows. Full cast of narrators includes Ryan Vincent Anderson, Graham Halstead, Cheryl Smith, Christian Coulson, Tommy Harron, and Elece Green.
- Author: Jon Stewart - foreword
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Film & TV, History & Criticism
3. Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide
Read the book that Donald Trump called “a great book for your reading enjoyment!” The most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date, Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide is a political treatise sure to stand the test of time. A must-have addition to any political observer's coffee table. *** Lefty lawyers require that we state the book is mostly blank and contains precisely 1,235 words.
- Author: Michael J. Knowles
- Publisher: Threshold Editions; Com edition (April 11, 2017)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
- ISBN: 978-1501180125
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.38 inches
4. Ship of Fools
The host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight offers a blistering critique of the new American ruling class, the elites of both parties, who have taken over the ship of state, leaving the rest of us, the citizen-passengers, to wonder: How do we put the country back on course?
- Author: Tucker Carlson
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Ideologies & Doctrines, Conservatism & Liberalism
5. How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives
The cats of America are under siege! Long gone are the good old days when a cat’s biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives. For over four decades, the American Association of Patriots have stood at the vanguard of our country's defense by helping to prepare our nation's cat owners for the difficult conversations they dread having with their pets. Written in a simple Q&A format, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety answers crucial questions such as, “What is the right age to talk to my cat about the proper use of firearms?” and “What are the benefits of my cat living a lifestyle of abstinence?” and especially “Why does my cat need to use the internet? Can’t he just play with yarn like cats used to do?” Our country—and our cats—stand at a precipice. It will take courage, and it will take hard work, but armed with the knowledge within these pages, we can make our cats—and America—great again!
- Author: Zachary Auburn
- Publisher: Crown; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2016)
- Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Pets & Animal Care
- ISBN: 978-0451494924
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.34 x 8.2 inches
6. What Not to Wear to a Murder Trial: and Other Tips Tragedy Taught Me
With a Foreword by Rob O'Neill, and highly endorsed by other amazing Americans like Taya Kyle and Bedros Keuilian, this book lives up to its powerful backing. Control is an illusion. That lesson is on the house- you don’t even have to buy the book for it. Because more than book sales I care about sharing the lessons I have lived and learned. The key is, knowing what you can and cannot control, and then learning how to maximize that power. The other side of that key is learning how to turn things you are powerless to control into opportunities instead of excuses. Friend, I’ve been to hell and back to learn the lessons in this book. There are few humiliations I have not suffered, dignities I have not surrendered, no pride I have not allowed to damage me, and no betrayal I have not allowed to drop me. All of that pretty much sucked for me, but it also led me to where I am today. It even brought moments of stunning beauty, joy, and gratitude only those who’ve lived in darkness, pain, and hopelessness can appreciate. If you feel trapped under the weight of pain, grief, trauma, and hopelessness, there is something in this book that will help you. If you are easily offended, commit to overcoming that before you read this book, or just put it down and step away - you’re not ready for me yet. The lessons in here aren’t all mine, by the way. I’m blessed to know hundreds of amazing people, and to have interviewed many of those people. Some of their lessons are in this book, too. They believe in me, and I believe in you too. Let’s do this. Barb’s path began in 2005 when her husband, Lt Louis Allen, was killed in Iraq. Lou and the commanding officer were murdered by a fellow soldier. That soldier was ultimately acquitted after a lengthy judicial process, in spite of his submission of a guilty plea. It was the pain of her loss and the unjustness of the trial that fueled Barbara to write her first book, Front Toward Enemy. She found inspiration for her second book, How to Woo a Widow, when she opened herself up to love again. Together with her fiance, Barb created American Snippets.
- Author: Barbara Allen
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Humor & Entertainment
7. 101 Communist Jokes: The Communist Manifesto Part Two
True, communism itself is not really funny, but communists are pretty amusing. A few minutes cruising around an internet left wing echo chamber will show you why there's an argument to be made for bringing insane asylums back. Self-refuting non logic? Check! Hypocrisy? Check! Empty slogans? Check! The left throws a banana under its own feet, falls down, and is incapable of realizing people are laughing at them, not with them. Here are 101 leftist terms and accurate descriptions of them, all of which are at least as funny as the time the truck toting Fidel Castro's rotting corpse broke down, or the time Tito threatened to have Josef Stalin killed after the third time Stalin unsuccessfully tried to have him assassinated. So sit back, grab a potato (or two if you're a hoarding bourgeois pig trying to undermine collectivism) and prepare for a brief chuckle at the self-satirizing freakshow that is far leftism.
- Author: Tarl Warwick
- Publisher: Independently published (July 20, 2021)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
- ISBN: 979-8540762434
- Dimensions: 5 x 0.07 x 8 inches
8. We Learn Nothing: Essays
In We Learn Nothing , satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders? With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.
- Author: Tim Kreider
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Essays
9. How to Survive America
Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley uses his "hilarious yet soul-shaking" ( Black Enterprise ) humor to confront racism's unjust impact on the health and well-being of Blacks and minorities White people love survival guides. But have you noticed they’re always about ridiculous activities in locations far from home, with chapters like “How to Survive an Avalanche" or "How to Live on Bugs in the Jungle.” Huh?! You know who really needs a survival guide? Black and brown Americans. For surviving their own damn country! Minority populations wake up every day in a battle for their health and safety. Thankfully, legendary activist-comedian D.L. Hughley offers How to Survive America, a fearless satire that exposes racism’s unjust toll on our bodies and minds. Even before COVID-19 disproportionately impacted minority communities, life expectancy for Blacks was a full three years less than for white Americans. The very air we breathe is more polluted, our water is more contaminated, our local food options are toxic, and our jobs are underpaid. Despite the obvious need, the quality of our health care is tragically inadequate. Our communities are statistically less safe than the average, and yet we’re terrorized by the law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems that are supposed to protect us, sending Blacks to prison at five times the rate of whites. Not least, our means of addressing these injustices - voting - is perennially under assault. It’s enough to drive you crazy. Well, guess what? According to Cigna, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to report “psychological distress” yet “50 percent less likely to receive counseling or mental health treatment”. It’s almost like the entire country has been structured with no regard for our welfare. Hmmm . Whether you’re Black, white, brown, or Asian, don’t leave home without arming yourself with How to Survive America !
- Author: D. L. Hughley
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Political
10. Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Notes from a Small Island After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain. Neither Here nor There Thirty years after backpacking across Europe, Bryson decides to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth, carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes, and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience. I'm a Stranger Here Myself Bryson reads "somewhere" that nearly three million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens; clearly the Americans need him back. So after years of raising his family in Britain with his English wife, the brood moves to the States, allowing Bill to chronicle the quirkiest aspects of life in America as he reveals his own rules for life.
- Author: Bill Bryson
- Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing, Travel