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It All Started With Europa: Being And Undigested History Of Europe From Prehistoric Man To The Present, Proving That We Remember Best Whatever Is Lea

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Published (first published January 1st 1955)
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Mary JL
Nov 28, 2008 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys humor
Recommended to Mary JL by: Kenneth, grad asst in college
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Richard Armour was a very popular humorist about 30 years ago when I was in college. He has a light, wacky and irreverent sense of humor.

This particular book is a humourous look at European History. You do not need to be a history major to enjoy this one either.

Armour's books are mostly out of print, but some libraries still have copies here and there. "It all Started With Europa" is my personal favorite, but if you want some witty humor, any of his books will provide it.

I recommend this as a qu
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Susan
I never get tired of Richard Armour. I loved his work when I was a young girl, and I still enjoy his work 40-50 years later. Only an academic could have written this and his similar works. I just marvel how difficult it is to write humor like this.

If you get a chance, read his books poking fun at various academic subjects. They are great.
Kaethe
I may be wrong, but I don't think many writers tackle such a broad range of subjects. I still think this stiff is funny.
John E
I have read Armour's books since the 1960s and re-read them whenever I find one. They are short and very funny with multiple levels of humor. Word play and twisting story lines are favorite devices he uses. The humor is better the more you know of history.
Rebecca
I read this book once before, and enjoyed the humor of the author. It's not laugh-out-loud by any means, but it makes history entertaining for one who has little interest in it. I am reading it to my son now.
Xime Lage
Espectacular este libro de 1955! "An undigested history of Europe from Prehistoric Man to the present, proving that we remember best whatever is least important"... Get it and read it! Imposible no reirse...
Erika
Funny and interesting book!
Even though it ends at the Cold War, it's humor is amazing.

I wonder how this author would write about the world today.
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Richard Armour, a college professor of English who specialized in Chaucer and the English Romantic poets, was best known as a prolific author of light verse and wacky parodies of academic scholarship. He was a professor of English at Scripps College in Claremont from 1945 to 1966.

Armour was raised in Pomona, California, where his father owned a drugstore. He graduated from Pomona College, where he
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