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"The Greatest Invention In The History Of Mankind Is Beer" And Other Manly Insights From Dave Barry Hardcover – March 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740715259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740715259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The New York Times has pronounced Dave Barry "the funniest man in America." But of course that could have been on a slow news day when there wasn't much else fit to print. True, his bestselling collections of columns are legendary, but it is his wholly original books that reveal him as an American icon. Dave Barry Slept Here was his version of American history. Dave Barry Does Japan was a contribution to international peace and understanding from which Japan has not yet fully recovered. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys is among the best-read volumes in rehab centers and prisons. Raised in a suburb of New York, educated in a suburb of Philadelphia, he lives now in a suburb of Miami. He is not, as he often puts it so poetically, making this up.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gordon L. Brumm on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This little book is a big disappointment. Most or all of Barry's other books are his column or column-length pieces, in which he piles one incongruity on another to hilarious effect. This book is merely a collection of cute paragraphs. Dave Barry is Dave Barry. He's not Henny Youngman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on July 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
But since it no longer seems to be available for list price, what the heck. It's worth a quick read if you can get it cheap. Not nearly as good as a full-length Dave Barry book, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dj 234 on February 13, 2009
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There is nothing to this book. A sentence or two on each page. More like a booklet than a book.
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I used to love Dave Barry's column and reading his book was a happy reminder of his sense of humor and his ability to identify the stuff that we all find familiar.
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Dave Barry is a brilliant humor writer. His articles rarely fail to make me laugh out loud--frequently with spit-takes.

This book is, unfortunately, the lidless-Cuisinart version of Dave Barry's columns: bits and pieces are thrown out on a page, without context or, often, punchline. The impression is similar to other "Greatest Hits" books and CDs--the publishing company throws a bunch of random stuff together, in an attempt to make more money without paying the artist for more content.

Some of the random bits are mildly amusing. But, since I (at least vaguely) remember the columns from which they were untimely ripped, I know the whole would be so much better than this chopped up sum of parts.
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By Steve Bate on June 17, 2014
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I love Dave Barry's books. This one was funny, but in the form of short snippets of his humorous writing. Left me wanting more.
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By William Malmo on January 16, 2014
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I just recently got turned on to Dave Barry and loved the first book of his that I read so I went shopping for more of his humour. This was #2 and is hilarious.
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By R.E Stephens on April 17, 2013
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I have found over the years that EVERYTHING Dave Barry writes about is hilarious, no matter what the subject is. I used to love his syndicated columns, but now relish his many books, all of which I have read more than once, laughing uproariously each and every time. A comedic genius!
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