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“The Daily Show” was a fairly standard talk show until Jon Stewart decided to put media and politics in the spotlight. Appearances from the former Senate majority leader probably played a role in that decision. Dole used comedy to get across political points better than anyone not named Abraham Lincoln.

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On the outset, this memoir sounds entirely serious: a young man, born to a European father and Xhosa mother during the rule of apartheid in South Africa (meaning his very existence is a crime), explores growing up in an era marked by violence. After all, the book opens with the Immorality Act of 1927, which states that “illicit carnal intercourse between Europeans and natives” is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years!

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