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.
High school history students should read it too.
There is a lot that I learned in here that sadly I never learned in school but it's also done in a way that makes me want to keep reading and learn more.
I found it to be a perfect bathroom book, with each section short enough to read in just a couple minutes.
Vapid and guaranteed to insult your intelligence.
While the authors can't be, quite, accused of defending slavery, the chapter discussing the Civil War and... Read more
What I've read so far of the book is very interesting and entertaining! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Mental Floss.Published 2 months ago by Liz Kulla
Love the Mental Floss books, especially those having to do with history. A super fun read and also very informative.Published 3 months ago by Hank
Fun way to relearn American history. All the stuff your history teacher wanted to teach you but could not due to curriculumsPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Never has history been so much fun! Awesome info and quite different from what I learned in History class; intelligent and humorously written!Published 6 months ago by Melinda Mayne
Another great Floss book to give you the stuff you should have gotten in US History. Keep it up Flossers!Published 6 months ago by Ross