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The Smart Aleck's Guide to American Historyby Adam Selzer
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Do you know America? No, I mean, do you REALLY know America? Would you recognize John Adams in a lineup? Can you identify any presidents between Lincoln and Roosevelt?
Hmmm. I thought so.
Well, you really need this book.
Not only will it improve your sorry historical knowledge, it will crack you up, and give you material to throw your teachers off-balance for entire class periods. Identify their lies! Point out their half-truths! And possibly, just possibly, gain some extra credit for yourself.
"This 11-chapter, tightly condensed guide to history posits that most know little on the subject, and that's a shame: its aim is to provide an overview of significant topics speeding along on humor, Daily Show — style. The first chapter declares, 'Any idiot will tell you it was Columbus [that discovered America], but that's just proof that he or she is an idiot.' The following chapters (such as 'A Nation Declines to Bathe' and 'The Depressing Thirties') give profiles of historical figures, events, and concepts, along with photographs, sidebars, end-of-chapter questions ('Who would have made a better president than Harding?'), and assignment ideas. The irreverent, often laugh-out-loud approach should win over reluctant readers. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Adam Selzer is the author of How to Get Suspended and Influence People. He grew up in the suburbs of Des Moines and now lives in downtown Chicago, where he can write in a different coffee shop every day without even leaving his neighborhood. In addition to his work as a tour guide and assistant ghostbuster (really), he moonlights as a rock star. Check him out on the Web at www.adamselzer.com.
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