Top 25 Political Humor Books

Here's a list of recommended political books and humor books looking at the lighter side of politics, including best-sellers by Stephen Colbert, "The Daily Show," The Onion, Dave Barry, and others.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book)

By Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff, 2010 - Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture.

I Am America (And So Can You!)

Colbert: I Am America (And So Can You!)
By Stephen Colbert, 2007 – The celebrated host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report speaks truthiness to power in his hilarious debut book. Always controversial and outspoken, Colbert addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches, why evolution is a fraud, and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones. You may not agree with everything he says, but at the very least, you'll understand that your differing opinion is wrong.

The Onion: Our Front Pages

By The Onion staff, 2009 - "Our Front Pages" features the funniest, most piercing and absurd headlines from 21 years of everyone's favorite satirical newspaper, The Onion. Among them: "Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job," "Bush: Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity Is Finally Over," and "U.S. Vows to Defeat Whoever We're At War With,."
By Daniel Kurtzman, 2012 - "How to Win a Fight With a Conservative" is the ultimate survival guide to arguing politics. Combining humor with practical self-help, this irreverent guide is filled with irrefutable wisdom and damning facts guaranteed to bait and baffle conservative blowhards everywhere. Learn how to detect right-wing lies, propaganda, and general BS; avoid the 7 habits of highly ineffective partisans; mock members of the Conservative Hall of Shame; insult conservatives in 27,000 possible ways, and much more. (Full disclosure: I wrote this book.) More »
By Daniel Kurtzman, 2012 - "How to Win a Fight with a Liberal" is the ultimate survival guide to arguing politics, filled with all the foolproof strategies and merciless ridicule conservatives need to lay the smackdown on loony lefties everywhere. Learn how to confidently clash with liberals in any situation -- from surviving family sparring matches to engaging in Internet flame wars, or even what to do if you're sleeping with the enemy. (Full disclosure: I wrote this book.) More »

Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards

By P.J O'Rourke, 2010 - A brilliant, disturbing, hilarious, and ultimately sobering look at why politics and politicians are a necessary evil — but only just barely necessary. O'Rourke presents his Sex, Death, and Boredom Theory of Politics, which breaks the social contract down to power, freedom, and responsibility by using a party game, Kill, F@#k, Marry, more typically found in late-night giggle sessions at all-girls boarding schools.

New Rules: Polite Musings of a Timid Observer

By Bill Maher, 2005 – Bringing the brilliantly conceived "New Rules" segment of his HBO Show to the written page, Bill Maher rants about topics including cell phones, fast food, Martha Stewart, pretentious Chinese-pictogram tattoos on your lower back -- oh, and George W. Bush.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book)
By Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" Staff, 2004 – Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "The Daily Show," and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government -- "a citizen's guide to democracy inaction." Every bit as funny as the show itself, the book offers insights into our unique system of government and explores the reasons why concepts like one man, one vote, government by the people, and every vote counts have become such popular urban myths. (Also available: The Teacher's Edition)

Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth

By The Onion, 2007 – Today's news-parody consumer cannot possibly understand made-up current events without the context of fake world history and geography. That is why The Onion has published a world atlas: to help us.
By Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, 2008 - Deploying jokes and cartoon as well as the occasional insight from Aristotle and his peers, Cathcart and Klein expose double-speak, flim-flam, and alternate reality of politics in America. Drawing from the pronouncements of everyone from Caesar to Condoleeza Rice, Genghis Kahn to Hillary Clinton, and Adolf Hitler to Al Sharpton, Cathcart and Klein help us learn to identify tricks such as "The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy" (non causa pro causa) and the "The Fallacy Fallacy" (argumentum and logicam).
By Kasper Hauser, 2009 – The funniest Obama humor book to date, "Obama's Blackberry" serves up a satirical glimpse at the private messages sent by our nation's first BlackBerry-toting president. With hilarious emails and replies from Obama's wife and daughters, Joe Biden, and the likes of Palin, Limbaugh, and Hannity, the book pokes fun at everything from security briefings to basketball practice to dealings with the First Mother In Law. Obama may not be an easy target for comedy, but the comic geniuses of the Kasper Hauser comedy troupe provide some of the best laughs of the Obama era in this highly entertaining book.

Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

By Dave Barry, 2001 - In this vicious and unprovoked attack on America's most cherished political institutions, Dave Barry recounts how the nation was formed, proposes a revised Constitution for our times, offers a guided tour of Washington, and takes hilarious jibes at our electoral process.

The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals

By Paul Slansky, 2009 - Renowned satirist Paul Slansky satisfies the public's thirst for schadenfreude with this hilarious look at public officials who have been caught with their pants down. Through a comprehensive compendium of quizzes, Slansky chronicles the political sex-scapades of the past half century -- Bill's cigar and Monica's stained dress, Gary Hart's cruise on the good ship Monkey Business, Larry Craig's restroom romancing, and scores of other career-ending shenanigans. Devastatingly funny yet also meticulously researched and historically relevant, this book offers an endlessly entertaining peek under the covers of our political establishment.

Our Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source

By Scott Dikkers and the Staff of The Onion, 2007 – Look back and laugh at the dumbest 100 years on record — as reported in high satirical style of "The Onion," America's funniest news source. Features such headlines as "World's Largest Metaphor Hits Ice-Berg," "Kennedy Slain by CIA, Mafia, Castro, LBJ, Teamsters, Freemasons," and "New President Feels Nation's Pain, Breasts."

Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)

Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)
By Dave Barry, 2007 - Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry recaps the highlights and lowlights of the tumultuous years just past in this brilliantly funny new book. Covering events such as the 2000 Florida recount, Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war, and Janet Jackson's exposed nipple, Barry gleefully exposes the absurdities of recent history in an entertaining volume that is sure to earn him a spot alongside Thucydides, Gibbon, Tuchman, and McCullough as one of the world's great historians.

Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire Government

By P.J. O'Rourke, 1992 – One of the nation's funniest writers, P.J. O'Rourke uses his peculiar brand of humor to launch an all-out attack on the bureaucratic nonsense that has become ingrained in every branch of American government.

The Republican Playbook

The Republican Playbook, by Andy Borowitz
By Andy Borowitz, 2006 - This hilarious book from the demented mind behind The Borowitz Report is one of the funniest satirical books written, er, "stolen" during the Bush years. Taken straight from the White House and complete with annotated notes by George W. Bush, the Playbook instructs readers on everything from how to run a smear campaign, how to cover up a leak, as well as how to disguise a ballot shredder as a fully functioning voting booth. A must-read for every Republican candidate, office-holder, or covert operative.
By Will Durst, 2008 - With the sacred cows of American politics practically begging for someone to puncture their pomposity, comedian Will Durst hits them in the funniest places. In "The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing," this equal-opportunity offender swats both partisan political piñatas from both sides of the spectrum upside their heads.

The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders

By Keith Olbermann, 2006 – Every night on his MSNBC show, Keith Olbermann dishes out the award for "The Worst Person in the World," which is bestowed upon the careless, the clueless, and the just plain cruel. Now, Olbermann brings together legendary offenders like Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Donald Rumsfeld in a highly incriminating published volume. Awarding bronze, silver, and gold medals, Olbermann offers a brash appraisal of humanity at its lowest—politically, socially, and morally.

Obamamania!: The English Language, Barackafied

By the Editors of Slate, 2008 - Whether you are a Baractogenarian (an Obama supporter over the age of twenty) or an Obombre (a Spanish-speaking male who supports Obama), you'll cherish this indispensable guide to one of the greatest Obomenons in American politics.
By Julie Sigwart and Micheal Stinson, 2009 - Playing off of the title of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" memoir, this well-timed book features coloring pages with lipsticks and pigs, dress-up games featuring the Neiman Marcus RNC wardrobe, and other satirical fun poking fun at Palin. More »

Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, Rabid Right & Other American Idiots

By Marty Beckerman, 2008 - In "Dumbocracy," journalist Marty Beckerman spends four years with foot soldiers of the Left and Right -- pro-choice and anti-choice, pro-gay rights and anti-gay rights, pro-war and anti-war -- and delivers a searing, hilarious indictment of the True Believer mentality.

The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2010 Edition

Edited by Daryl Cagle and Brian Fairrington - The creative minds behind the Professional Cartonists index have compiled more than 600 cartoons covering the major topics of 2009, a historic year when America saw its first black president sworn into office. The economy sank despite humungous bailouts and unemployment hit new highs--not to mention the drama of Octomom, Sotomayor, Swine Flue, GM's bankruptcy, Iran's election chaos, and the death of Michael Jackson.

Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme

By Calvin Trillin, 2008 - Displaying the form that made bestsellers of "Obliviously On He Sails" and "A Heckuva Job," tales of the Bush Administration in rhyme, Calvin Trillin trains his verse on the 2008 race for the presidency. "Deciding the Next Decider" is an ongoing campaign narrative in verse interrupted regularly by other poems, such as a country tune about John Edwards called "Yes, I Know He's a Mill Worker’s Son, But There’s Hollywood in That Hair" and a Sarah Palin song about her foreign policy credentials: "On a Clear Day, I See Vladivostok."

Goodnight Bush: An Unauthorized Parody

By Gan Golan and Erich Origen, 2008 - A brilliant parody of the beloved children's classic "Goodnight Moon" that roasts the Bush presidency. In it we see a childlike George W. Bush tucked safely away in the confines of his own room with all of the toys he's willfully destroyed, abused, or defaced.