Hysterical History

A Listmania! list by William Holmes "semloh2287" (Portland, OR USA)
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The list author says: "I enjoy reading serious history, but every now and then I have to step back from the tragedy and revel in the comedy. This is a list of 'history' books that have made me laugh out loud."
AN UTTERLY IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN OR 2000 YEARS OF UPPER-CLASS IDIOTS IN CHARGE
1.  AN UTTERLY IMPARTIAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN OR 2000 YEARS OF UPPER-CLASS IDIOTS IN CHARGE by John O'Farrell
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  "You have to import this one from the other side of the pond.  The advantage of this book is that the basic history is accurate (although it helps to have a working knowledge of British history going in).  The book provides a fast-paced overview of British history, and the witty asides and conspicuous anachronisms are a delight."
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An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain: or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
2.  An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain: or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always by John O'Farrell
The list author says:
  "This is the sequel to O'Farrell's first "An Utterly Impartial History of Great Britain."  The newer book covers the years since the end of the Second World War.  Very witty!"
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1000 Years of Annoying the French
3.  1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke
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  "Clarke's "1,000 Years of Annoying the French" covers the history of English/French relations since the Norman (not French) Conquest of 1066.  The history is factually accurate, but the asides and anacrhonistic observations make the book a delightfully funny read.  Reminiscent of O'Farrell's two "Utterly" books--see above."
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English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable
4.  English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith
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  "Accurate but also funny.  Why are most of the witty books about English history?"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions
5.  Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions by Chris Regan
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  "A former writer for the "Daily Show" mocks the "On This Day in History" style of book.  The dates are pretty accurate, but the commentary is anything but.  Wickedly funny."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

1066 & All That: 75th Anniversary Edition (Methuen Humour)
6.  1066 & All That: 75th Anniversary Edition (Methuen Humour) by W. C. Sellar
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  "The classic history of England, pretty much all of which is made up."
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2066 and All That: Memorable Modern History from the Suffragettes to Saddam and Beyond
7.  2066 and All That: Memorable Modern History from the Suffragettes to Saddam and Beyond by Ben Yarde-Buller
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  "The post-modern version of the justly famous "1066 And All That.""
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Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World
8.  Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World by Craig Robinson
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  "Not history, exactly, but still very funny.  Filled with anachronisms and made up countries, coupled with a lot of wry commentary."
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It All Started With Columbus
9.  It All Started With Columbus by Richard Armour
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  "Richard Armour's classic (published in the 1950s) and still funny take on American history."
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It All Started With Europa: Being an Undigested History of Europe from Prehistoric Man to the Present, Proving That We Remember Best Whatever Is Least Important
10.  It All Started With Europa: Being an Undigested History of Europe from Prehistoric Man to the Present, Proving That We Remember Best Whatever Is Least Important by Richard Armour
The list author says:
  "Does for (or to) the rest of the world what 'It all Started with Columbus' does for America."
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The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
11.  The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits by Erik Sass
The list author says:
  "This one is less a parody than a reasonably respectable book of world history, except that the narrative flows in a witty and irreverant way."
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Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source
12.  Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source by The Onion
The list author says:
  "The thing speaks for itself: The Onion's take on the 20th Century.  "Microsoft Patents Ones and Zeros" captures the flavor."
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Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up A Woefully Incomplete Guide
13.  Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up A Woefully Incomplete Guide by Bob Harris
The list author says:
  "Given the grim topic, this is a surprisingly humorous and even hopeful look at conflicts raging around the world.  Very sobering, all the same."
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The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (Nonpareil Books)
14.  The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (Nonpareil Books) by Will Cuppy
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  "Will Cuppy's classic, still funny more than fifty years after it was published."
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From Rocks to Rockets: A Humorous History of Warfare (General Military)
15.  From Rocks to Rockets: A Humorous History of Warfare (General Military) by William Gilkerson
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  "Short and amusing."
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