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Jon Stewart's 'Earth': Everything An Alien Tourist Needs To Know About The Planet After Human Beings Are Gone (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 09/21/10 08:08 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:45 PM ET

Today, the book that comedian Jon Stewart called "the most sweeping and detailed work about humanity yet put to paper" will be published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. And the book Stewart praises? His own: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race."

What would a guide book to Earth for traveling aliens look like? Assuming that we're going to leave a destroyed and deserted planet, Stewart boils down human history and civilization into less than 300 pages. Since we can't print them all (that would be stealing), we're bringing you an even briefer account of humanity, in five slides and several hundred words. So what do you think? Are these fair impressions to leave aliens with?

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It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated world wide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we took her for granted and treated her like shit. So welcome to Earth… population, you.

Excerpted from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart presents EARTH (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart. Copyright 2010, by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group. All rights reserved.
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