Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions
America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.
From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing...more
* He claims the phrase "a more perfect union" is bad grammar since nothing can be better than perfect, ignoring the obvious interpretation of the phrase as "closer to perfect...more
(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program.)
I requested a copy of STUPID AMERICAN HISTORY through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. Based on the book's description, I was hoping that it might be a hybrid of James Loewen's classic, LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME, and The Daily Show's satirical American history "textbook," AMERICA: THE BOOK. Unfortunately, STUPID AMERICAN HISTOR...more
The best way for me to give you a feeling for the book is to show you a few of the items from the book.
"The first motto that appeared on U.S. coins was not "In God We Trust", it was "Mind Your Own Business".
"President Lincoln had four brot...more
On September 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the numbers that popped up for the New York Lottery were 9-1-1. What were the chances of those three numbers coming up on the anniversary of the attacks in the same city in which the attacks took place? Read the book to find out!
The First Real President: The first president to be born a citizen of the U.S. was number 8, Martin Van Buren. He...more
I received this book through Library Thing's book reviews. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I approached this book as what it appeared to be: a book of assorted trivia that wasn't taking itself to seriously. This book is by no means a history book and is probably best used for trivial pursuit or just for tossing random facts into conversations, but that's ok. It succeeds at what it's supposed to be, a light entertaining read.
The book pr...more
The book is a series of one- and two-page stories about figures and incidents in American history. I found that a lot of stories tended to be about the same figures (Benedict Arnold gets mentioned quite a few times). Also, quite a few of them were not all that interesting—some even seemed to be merely...more
My one concern with these books is that Leland Gregory does not cite his sources for his facts. I am...more
When the Titanic hit the iceberg the night of April 14th, most of the travelers were watching....The Poseiden Adventure...about a ship capsizing. Irony, no?
This book covers the beginning of America to fairly current political history (even...more
I dunno, just ok, some fun stories
I read this book mostly as a time waster in between things to do. I wouldn’t say this is a must read book as much as I would say it is a book you keep around for when you need to read something for a minute or two.
I liked the book and found myself really laughing at some points but it is probably not a book that I would read cover to cover again.
I downloaded it for free for my Kindle but wouldn't pay money for it.
I love stories that are true and give a different perspective of history. History is very funny sometimes