Jon Stewart changed television, and possibly the country, with his 16 years on The Daily Show. Love him or hate him, his impact persists. And this engaging book demonstrates why.
Retold almost entirely in quotes from the participants, the book chronicles the program from just prior to Stewart’s arrival to a bit after his final show, and in the telling reveals Stewart as a mensch who was dedicated to the honesty of the performances, recruiting the highest caliber talents available onscreen and off, and, most importantly, challenging all (including himself) to engage in the national discussion. Each of these have had lasting impact, with the first two creating a legacy of voices, some still on the show, others (Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and many others) who are still challenging authority, and the latter arguably expressing itself in among the largest demonstrations in American history.
Highly recommended, especially now.