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The Smart Aleck's Guide to American Historyby Adam Selzer
Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
Table of Contents
The earliest American settlers : brave, bold, and rich in minerals — The colonists are revolting — A nation declines to bathe — The Civil War : America's changing body — The gilded age (or, screw the poor) — World War I : "the war to end all wars" — The roaring twenties — The depressing thirities — World War II (out of ...?) — 1947-89 : the "we didn't start the fire" era — And on into the future.
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