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I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

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I Am a Pole
(And So Can You!)
I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) cover.jpg
AuthorStephen Colbert
IllustratorPaul Hildebrand
CountryUnited States
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Publication date
May 8, 2012
Media typePrint – Hardcover
Preceded byI Am America (And So Can You!) 
Followed byAmerica Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't 

I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) is a 2012 spoof of inspirational children's books. It was written by Stephen Colbert and illustrated by Paul Hildebrand. The book tells the story of a fictional pole finding his purpose in life. The title is a play on Colbert's first book, I Am America (And So Can You!). All proceeds from the audiobook go to the United States Veterans Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to returning troops.

The book is notable for a blurb of endorsement on the cover attributed to children's writer Maurice Sendak. During a January 2012 interview of Sendak by Colbert, Colbert shared a draft of the book with Sendak, to which Sendak stated "The sad thing is, I like it!"; the statement was used as the blurb for the cover.[1] Soon afterward, Colbert reportedly secured a publishing deal for the book. Sendak coincidentally died the morning of the book's release, and, in tribute, The Colbert Report aired uncensored previously unreleased clips of the interview, with Colbert encouraging those unfamiliar with Sendak's work to "read his books. And for those who don't read, they've got lots of pictures."

Reviewers of the book noted that this book, while seemingly targeted to children, contains imagery which may be considered adult in nature, such as a scene of a stripper performing striptease on the eponymous pole. Colbert, parodying the marketing of inspirational books, mentioned on his show that the book is "the perfect gift to give a child, or grandchild, for their high school or college graduation. Also, Father's Day. Also, other times."[2]

On July 18, 2012, the Rosenbach Museum added the book to its collections, and displayed its manuscript and several artifacts that Colbert claimed were on his desk when the book was written next to the manuscript of Ulysses, along with artifacts from the original interview.

Other Formats

  • Ebook - 978-1-4555-2340-5
  • Compact Disc - 978-1-61969-502-3[3]

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Up there is the bridge of the Kapitan Klebnikov, the Russian icebreaker that’s taking me, and the rest of Chris Hadfield’s expedition, around the Arctic. Nowadays, navigation up there, and, well, on most ships is mostly automatic, it's handled by GPS and computer-driven charts. But hidden away up on that bridge is an emergency backup that's roughly the same as explorers have been using for centuries. It's a sextant, and it's used for celestial navigation. You get the angle between the horizon and a known star, even the sun, at least, when it's not cloudy, consult a lookup table and do a bit of maths, and you have your latitude. Now a hundred years ago, when a sextant was the only way to navigate, the claims of explorers had to mostly be taken on the records that they kept… or else just on faith. To this day, no-one is entirely sure who it was who first made it to the North Pole. Frederick Cook claimed to have reached it in 1908, but his records don’t really add up, and his evidence was questioned, particularly by a man who claimed to have made it to the Pole a year later: Robert Peary. By most accounts Peary was a thoroughly unpleasant man, but for many years he was widely considered to have led the first expedition that actually reached the North Geographic Pole in 1909. There’s a memorial to him on a high ridge at Cape York in Greenland, although, admittedly, it was placed by his widow. But he was the only one on the final part of his expedition who was trained in navigation, the only one who knew how to use a sextant, and all his really claims don’t add up in hindsight. He almost certainly -- whoa -- didn’t reach the Pole. Then there was US naval officer Richard Byrd and his pilot, Floyd Bennett, who claimed to have flown over the pole: but there were a lot of holes in their data too, a lot of overprecise sextant results that couldn’t possibly be right. Even the makers of their aircraft said they were unlikely to have made it. And it’s not like any of them could leave a flag or a marker. The north polar pack ice, the thick stuff, not the thin stuff we're going through, the thick stuff, is still just floating around on the Arctic Ocean, and it drifts back and forth. Roald Amundsen led the first expedition that provided convincing evidence they reached the pole, by airship. But they didn’t land there, they just flew over it: it was after the Second World War, in 1948, when a Soviet expedition finally set foot at the exact geographic North Pole, after flying there. Other explorers reached the Pole over the pack ice, with air support, but the first confirmed surface expedition to the North Pole without resupply: it took until 1986, when after several attempts, Will Steger finally achieved something that most of us would assume some Edwardian explorer had managed decades earlier. Nowadays, if you have enough money, you can fly to the Pole, or you can take a nuclear-powered icebreaker, you can check your GPS to confirm it, and you can send a selfie back via satellite phone. We are not going that far north on board this ship, and we don’t have a nuclear reactor to give us enough power to get through the thick ice up at the pole. But if all the fancy technology on this bridge fails, we can still use the same technique as explorers centuries ago: and track our position by the stars. At least, where we can see them. I'm on this trip because of Chris Hadfield's Generator Arctic, and so is this man! My name is Ben Brown, and I am so lucky to be here right now! Go check out his videos, he provided the amazing drone shots for this, links are on screen or in the description now. -- Thanks, bro! -- That's okay!

See also


  1. ^ "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)". Comedy Central. May 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Cristina Miller (May 8, 2012). "Stephen Colbert Book 'I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)' Is NOT For Children". International Business Times.
  3. ^ "Children's Review: I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)". May 21, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012.

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