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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740768697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740768699
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Regan is a comedy writer who wrote for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for seven seasons, winning five Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He was one of the coauthors of the best-selling "America (The Book)" and his work has appeared in USA Today, New York magazine and all sorts of different websites, including www.masshistoria.net. He currently writes for "Talkshow with Spike Feresten" on Fox and "Frank TV" on TBS.

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Chris Regan is a comedy writer who wrote for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for seven seasons, winning five Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He was one of the coauthors of the best-selling "America (The Book)" and his work has appeared in USA Today, New York magazine and all sorts of different websites. He has also written for"Talkshow with Spike Feresten" on Fox and "Frank TV" and "Lopez Tonight" on TBS.

His humor book, "Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions," was released in 2008 by Andrews McMeel, and he is the co-author of the upcoming "Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large" with William Shatner.

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His book is sharp, smart, beautifully illustrated, and full of laugh-out-louders.
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The book's also great for picking up, having a quick laugh, and putting back down again for later - perfect for short attention spans like mine!
Timothy G. Wessel
I originally bought this book as a gift for one of my cousins, but after flipping through it, I decided to make it a keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rod Fingerhut on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After reading Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions, all I can say is too bad there are only 365 days in the year. I did not want this book to end. The zingers come fast and furious. The writing is smart and funny. And the book is big enough to fit nicely on the coffee table, yet not too big to leave a mark on your bare thighs when you take it into the bathroom. I can't recommend this book enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Cooper Bumgarner on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed Chris's blog for several years now, so I have been looking forward to the publication date. I've got to tell you THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS!!, but there are two caveats you should be aware of:
1) Do not use this book to cram for your American History final.
2) Do not take this book into an upscale restaurant, thinking you will read it while you are waiting for your meal to arrive. You will make a fool of yourself laughing out loud. Trust me. (The head waiter suggested that "Perhaps Monsieur would like to close ze book and sit on it." I hate it when the French are right; fortunately for the world, that almost never happens.)

Several people here have referred to "Mass Historia" as the ideal coffee table book and I suppose I'll use it in that way as well. (Note to self: Get a job so you can buy a coffee table.) I learned a number of interesting historical facts that, of course, I googled and found that many are actually correct. For instance, on February 5, 1947, J. Danforth Quayle turned one day old and he "celebrates by halting any further cognitive development." Good, huh? So buy this book, already. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy G. Wessel on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
MASS HISTORIA is one of those laugh-out-loud books that I love to have on my coffee table - it's great for people like me who love trivia but are not overly concerned with the accuracy of such! Actually, the author does give some great bits of very compelling historical facts, but the very wry humor comes first and foremost, much to his credit here.
The author wrote for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, so if you like that hilarious show I bet you'd find this as funny as I do.
A great example of the humor on the anniversary of the Titanic sinking:
"...Of the seven hundred people who survived, many were wealthy women and children and... wealthy men willing to dress themselves up as wealthy women and children."
The book's also great for picking up, having a quick laugh, and putting back down again for later - perfect for short attention spans like mine!
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daedalus18 on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mass Historia is an astute semi-farcical reflection on the historical events to be remembered on each day of the year. The subtitle "365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions" is a little off base - as there certainly seems to be more fact than fiction represented.
I laughed out loud several times, and in thinking of how to review the book I'm sorely tempted to just type quote after quote from it and just say, "See? Brilliant!". My spouse was somewhat annoyed that I would read from it to her on such occasions as 'trying to go to the bathroom' or 'for the love of god, it is 2 am, shut the f*¢& up'.
Memory techniques offer suggestions to attach humor or the unexpected to facts you wish to recall. This engages the senses and makes a more permanent home in your mind for things you'd like to remember. As difficult as it may be to get this book through the door of a classroom - I think it could be invaluable for any student of history (of course, about the time somebody makes you read something, you resent that thing automatically, so kindly disregard this idea of mine).
It would make a great daily calendar, as well as several other applications people unanimously disrespect and invalidate - like the Coffee Table Fixture, the Bathroom Companion and the Presser of Flowers.
Should you suffer from the afflictions that result in the cherishing of sacred cows - do consider this book as a gift idea for those annoying thinkers and progressives in your family tree (the ones that routinely scowl at your donating to the NRA and the 700 Club in their name come the holidays).
A rock solid 4 stars out of 5 from me. While laughing at such turns of phrase as: "Hitler was supposedly the one responsible for the (Volkswagen Beetle's) rounded design, which was inspired by the supple curves of Hermann Goering's abundant and aerodynamic muffin-top." I would have gone to 5 stars, for sure. Screw it, I'm going to 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Keener on November 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book with the idea of home schooling my children and ended up delighting myself!!! Regan delivers more laughs per page than any other living writer. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ritchie C. Duncan on October 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In what is not as much a parody of a "This Day in History" collections, but more an actual "This Day in History Collection with funny jokes attached," Chris Regan juxtaposes the most dusty details of history with the most current and ridiculous specifics of pop culture and does so seamlessly, brilliantly and hilariously. If you loved the Daily Show, where he wrote for years, the tone and the voice will be familiar.

It is darker and funnier than it's elementary school textbook format implies, a layout that also makes it easy to read a little at a time, and then put down for later. It should make a great gift for anyone who enjoyed "America: The Book."

One of my favorite passages:

April 14, 1846: The Donner Party starts their voyage in Springfield, Illinois. Not enough lunches are packed.

Highly recommended.
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