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The Slackers Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on Discovering America, the Boston Tea Party, the California Gold Rush, and Lots of Other Stuff Dead White Guys Did

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
What does Miley Cyrus have in common with Sacagawea? How could Steve Jobs have helped Eisenhower? What does the moon landing have to do with the Hilton sisters?In less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the Constitution, most Americans can spout off all their U.S. history knowledge. (Hint: it starts with "In 1492" and ends with "sailed the ocean blue.") That's be ...more
ebook, 275 pages
Published September 18th 2009 by Adams Media Corporation (first published 2009)
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Marvin
Sep 04, 2011 Marvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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My name is Marvin and I'm a Kindle-holic

Hi Marvin!

I'm a little embarrassed to be here. Julie at the bookstore warned me about the evils of the Kindle but I didn't listen. What could be wrong about reading more books? And the darn thing can hold over 1500 books! That sounded like heaven to me. But little did I know how Amazon would suck me into more and more books that I didn't need to read. Instead of having to wait for Julie's Book Store to open at 10AM for my fix, all I had to do was push that
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Wendy
Jul 24, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I thought it might be a good resource for my freshman history students. WRONG!!! I have four main problems with this book: 1. Errors (Did you know Timothy McVeigh was executed on the exact same day that he bombed the OKC federal building? It's in this book so it must be true!) 2. Representation of jokes as fact, i.e. the assertion on page 184 that the legend of Washington and the cherry tree was all about having sex with a virgin, 3. The reckless left-wing slant on eve ...more
Tina
Mar 01, 2010 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given a minus star rating if it were possible! I bought this thinking it would be an entertaining way to remember history; instead it seems to want to credit every historical event to a historical figure getting laid, or uses allegories from porn movies to explain things like the French and Indian war. Also the first "histroy" book that I've read to use the F-word with regularity.
I guess I'm too much of a prude to finish a book like this, but anyone else should give it a miss for it
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Kristin
Jul 05, 2011 Kristin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst book I've read all year. The introduction was entertaining but all the "factual" parts were terrible. Mixing pop culture and history, in this case, just did not work. Jokes were overused (everyone, let's lay off CSPAN for awhile, we know no one watches it) and most of the time were neither funny nor relevant. I think I know less about US history now.
renee g
Sep 12, 2011 renee g rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The intro made me look forward to it, but honestly it was terrible. Mixed up mess, hard to read, and not entertaining or factual.
Julie
Jun 02, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one falls into the category of - I'm glad this was free. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I got it awhile back and had forgotten what the synopsis was. I thought maybe I was going to get a "cliffnotes" version of history to refresh my memory a little. But, this book wasn't that at all. The authors have taken key points in history and poked fun of them, adding some of today's technology in to give it a new spin. It just wasn't my cup of tea, as they say. Some t ...more
Kristin
Anyone who read the title and expected anything other than snark and satire should be a little ashamed. This book was hilarious in its interpretation of US history and at the very least gave a great outline to use if a person wanted to find a topic to dig into deeper.
Eric Thomasma
Mar 02, 2012 Eric Thomasma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Humor is subjective. I typically don't find much humor in most stand-up comic routines. Likewise, I didn't find much worth laughing over here either. It might be OK, but I'm clearly not the target audience.
Bob Cantrell
Oct 24, 2016 Bob Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just like books that poke fun at American icons. I mean if you can't laugh at the antics of your country, who can. We need to look at ourselves and laugh and with this book you can.
CuteBadger
Dec 29, 2015 CuteBadger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible! Very glad I got it for free as paying anything for it would have been too much. Tries to be funny, but all jokes are racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. Avoid
Megan
Jul 29, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If the authors didn't try to make this funny, it would have been much more tolerable and interesting because, not funny. At all.
Michael
Jun 11, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!!! It was humorous and historically accurate. Me being a history nerd there were only one or two things that I didn't really agree fully with, but it was a very good read!
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