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Russell Baker's Book of American Humor

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Baker surveys this territory in this rich treasury and stakes it out in a dozen sections. Roaming through them, the reader will find P.J. O'Rourke, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published October 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton Company (first published October 1993)
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Michael P.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fine collection of short pieces, both recent and in the public domain, from Molly Ivans on Texas to Mark Twain on traveling, from Larry King to being paid by the word to Abe Lincoln on getting married, not a clunker in the bunch. This is a fun and worthwhile collection.
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This is a pagan review of a book assembled by Russell Baker who has been a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, a columnist for the New York Times and the host of television's Masterpiece Theater. In addition the sources of humor for this book include among many others Mark Twain, Larry King, O'Henry, Nora Ephron, Ring Lardner, Art Buckwold and Abraham Lincoln. So, with those credentials and support, I offer my opinion. This book is not funny and there will be very few times that you will even attemp ...more
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I read most of this book, but it's been a number of years and it wouldn't hurt to pore through it again.
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On August 14, 1925, US journalist, humorist and biographer Russell Baker was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. His father died early on and his hard-working mother reared him and his sisters during the Great Depression. Baker managed to get himself into Johns Hopkins University, where he studied journalism.

Baker’s wit as a humorist has been compared with that of Mark Twain. “The only thing I was f
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