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The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America (Mental Floss)

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From Apache creation myths and Christopher Columbusand#8217;s STD-ridden arrival on the shores of America, to Elvis, the Mole People, and Roswell, a humorous look at the seminal events and legends in US history. Inand#160;George Washington Is Cash Money, readers will learn the absolutely true stories of:
  • The UFO at Roswell was a weather balloon--patched up with floral-print scotch tape.
  • The Salem Witch trials happened because a couple of teens wanted attention.
  • Joseph Smith invented Mormonism by staring into a hat full of rocks.
  • Elvis Presley watched up to three TVs at once, and changed channels by shooting them with guns.

Synopsis:

Smarter than your old history teacher, funnier than the founding fathers, and more American than apple pie, The Mental Floss History of the United States is an almost (but not entirely) comprehensive primer on American history (or at least, the good stuff). From the editors of MentalFloss.com and mental_floss magazine—with its tagline: “Feel smart again”—comes an American History text packed with hilarious (but true!) trivia written in the smart-aleck tradition of The Mental Floss History of the World, Mental Floss Presents In the Beginning, and the first mental_floss book, Condensed Knowledge. Perfect for trivia buffs, history lovers, college students, and anyone who likes to laugh and learn. United States history has never been so fun.

About the Author

Erik Sass is a journalist who covers the media business from his main base of operations in Los Angeles, with branch offices around the country. When not writing for mental_floss, he reports on magazines, newspapers, radio, and billboard advertising for MediaPost.com.

A shy, withdrawn child ("loser"), Erik spent many of his formative years reading about history. Ironically, the knowledge he acquired transformed him from mopey misfit to man-about-town; now much sought after for his historical anecdotes, he is considered an indispensable conversational ornament to any party attended by persons of substance.

A giver, Erik also works with mental_floss to share these benefits with others. In addition to the present volume, he was a contributing author for mental_floss presents: Forbidden Knowledge, and also writes about history for mental_floss magazine.

Erik has not vomited on the shoes of government officials or their spouses; however, he has vomited on his own shoes more than once.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061928239
Subtitle:
The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America
Author:
Sass, Erik
Author:
Hattikudur, Mangesh
Author:
Melville, Soren
Author:
Pearson, Will
Author:
O'Brien, Cory
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20111101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 black-and-white line drawings
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 4.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Smarter than your old history teacher, funnier than the founding fathers, and more American than apple pie, The Mental Floss History of the United States is an almost (but not entirely) comprehensive primer on American history (or at least, the good stuff). From the editors of MentalFloss.com and mental_floss magazine—with its tagline: “Feel smart again”—comes an American History text packed with hilarious (but true!) trivia written in the smart-aleck tradition of The Mental Floss History of the World, Mental Floss Presents In the Beginning, and the first mental_floss book, Condensed Knowledge. Perfect for trivia buffs, history lovers, college students, and anyone who likes to laugh and learn. United States history has never been so fun.
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