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1492 and All That: A Fool's History of the USA
The "fool" of the title is the inept narrator, who takes us on a warm but clueless tour of US history. He stops briefly to visit American culture, the American mind and various problems he claims to solve but fails even to illuminate. Presidents get harpooned along with both parties. Yet the view is ever rosy, including a glimpse of endless prosperity that "only Yankee Doo ...more
Published January 2nd 2011 by Smashwords
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A pastiche inspired by the celebrated "1066 and All That," this parody provides belly laughs galore on a wild roller coaster ride encompassing the pregnant moments of an American history that would no doubt encourage bored and blase students to delve further into the richness of Yankee lore. From "Punchy de Leon" to "Baroque Alabama," we are invited to explore the various events that led to the formation of an optimistic, complex and unmatched nation, all the while wondering what crazy antics wi ...more
Being an American of the variety that were already there when Christopher Columbus "sailed the ocean blue", though born in Germany and living half my life there, I learned a long time ago humour can be very much related to cultural perceptions. Among other things. For me, I could see where some would find this "fool's history" amusing for the constant turn of phrase and closely coordinating play on words that basically poke fun at The USA and other countries of the world and their history, but i ...more