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Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 1997
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Another way, this book is different is that it has left out the dull parts of history. Therefore, the reader is spared having to wade through tedious facts and figures that seem interchangeable and impossible to remember or care about. No, this book is bona fide funny. True to his promise, Barry adroitly gives us our history minus the really boring parts. He begins by explaining how America was "very different...no roads, no cities, no shopping malls, no Honda dealerships." He then progresses to Columbus's voyage with the three ships: the Ninja, the Pina Colada, and the Heidy Ho III. He is succinct when his narrative threatens to veer into dullness. For example, he sums up the "Decline of Spain," by saying "On Oct. 8, 1565, Spain declined." Presidential foibles, oddball interpretations of laws and amendments, amusing chapter headings (Deep International Doo Doo, The Seventies: A Relieved Nation Learns That It Does Not Actually Need a President, a running joke at the expense of Richard Nixon, plus creative use of quote marks make this a hilarious read.
And as a bonus, he does not forget to mention the many important contributions made by women and minorities. Well, sort of.
Dave Barry writes like a high-school student - intentionally, of course. He attributes great advances to "technology," isn't interested in the Smoot-Hawley Tariff so he skips it because it sounds boring, and decides that every important event in American history happened on October 8th so that he doesn't have to remember any more dates (even the Fourth of July happened on October 8th, 1776). And he ends every chapter with hilarious "discussion questions" that are just as funny as the text.
I've read and re-read this hilarious book, and it's great to just pick up and start reading in the middle whenever you need a good chuckle. Anyone who likes Dave Barry, enjoys American history, or is interested in what three-word sentence you can rearrange the letters in "Spiro Agnew" to spell (hint: the first word is "grow") should read this book and enjoy!
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Not really a novel, but a collection of Dave Barry's thoughts. He's hilarious!Published 5 days ago by Susan
Such a funny book-lampooning many of the historical events of this nation that have long seemed ridiculous but are finally articulated in the way that only Dave can do.Published 17 days ago by Jim Craig
The guy won a Pulitzer; he must be good. I gave this as a gift to my brother who somehow had gone through Life not being exposed to the Miami-based wit. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dee Kaiser
Fun little book. Need to know some American history to 'get it'.Published 2 months ago by Amaz-Shopper
I enjoyed this book so much. It is historically accurate as well. The best history textbook you will ever readPublished 3 months ago by chicken...man
I always enjoy Dave Barry, and his comparisons(funny). This did NOT disappoint.Published 5 months ago by Floyd J. Nelson