Smarter than a history teacher, funnier than the Founding Fathers, and more American than Alaska, an almost (but not entirely) comprehensive primer on American history (or at least, the good stuff)
In trademark smart aleck style, this is history according to mental_floss, an insightfully accurate and incisively humorous exploration of little-known truths and widely believed falsehoods, which simultaneously exposes some of America's oddest moments, strangest citizens, most egregious frauds, and much, much more.
Ten meaty chapters, peppered with fun trivia, entertainingly cover the essential timeline of the social, political, and cultural happenings of American history and mythbust all the lies teachers told us along the way. Was Abraham Lincoln really a heroic defender of liberty and freedom? Were the Sixties actually a groovy time of peace and love? Has the U.S. always been dependent on foreign oil? mental_floss sets the record straight and shares the fascinating stories behind politics, literature, fashion, televangelism, serial killers, genetic engineering, Yuppies, SPAM, the original Swine Flu, potato chips, rollerskating, mobsters, rum, communists, beaver wars, the rise and fall of irony, and everything else made in the U.S.A.
The cover gives it away. This book a cute and entertaining history of the United States, but like a fast food, it's filling, but not that great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
It would not have been right for me to have gone through my life and not to have read this book. I enjoyed the book very much. Thank you very much.Published 2 months ago by Ed Furmanick
Its a fun book to take to a doctor's office for a quick read. And at the same time glean a little information on history.Published 2 months ago by Audio Fan
Probably the most helpful history book ive ever read. Kept my attention for the book and i actually learned some.Published 2 months ago by Cody Kitchens
I SUBSCRIBE TO MENTAL FLOSS MAGAZINE SO I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN HOW A US HISTORY BOOK WOULD BE HANDLED. I ENJOYED THE WRITERS "EVEN HAND" APPROACH TO OUR HISTORY. Read morePublished 3 months ago by irishlass
this is a GREAT and fun book, full of all sorts of amazing and well written information about this wonderful country of ours!Published 4 months ago by DRStiller
Great book with a lot of interesting facts. I am a high school teacher and I use the book to keep the students interested in American History.Published 6 months ago by Hugh T. Cook