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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow / Perennial; Revised edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060538201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060538200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Shenkman is an associate professor of history at George Mason University and the New York Times bestselling author of six history books, including Presidential Ambition; Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History; and Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter. The editor and founder of George Mason University's History News Network website, he can be seen regularly on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.



Kurt Reiger recieved his B.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he also holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


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Very light, very fun.
Bill Staley
For anyone who is interested in America history and wants something more akin to brain candy, I highly recommend this book.
Jamie Jeffords
This book is a lot of fun and great to have around the coffee table.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Jeffords on May 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Not exactly heavy reading, since one can finish it in one sitting with little effort, but this was one of the most fun books this little history buff has ever read.
ONSWAH gives a few dozen anecdotes and unusual or ironic facts in each era of American history on up until the Carter administration.
For anyone who is interested in America history and wants something more akin to brain candy, I highly recommend this book. It's one you will pull off the shelf again and again, just to make sure that little known and silly fact actually does exist and you didn't just imagine it. Just please don't start any bar fights over some of the odder bits of trivia.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ben on July 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was visiting Washington D.C. recently and saw this book at the gift shop there. On a whim (mostly because I love trivia), I decided to buy the book to read on the plane home. I never made it that far.
Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger put together a collection of trivia, facts, and anecdotes regarding nine different time periods including Columbus, The Civil War, Hiroshima, and many others. A wide variety of information is covered, and nearly every (if not every) entry has source notes.
When I first picked up the book, I finished it before my scheduled plane departure. I stayed up all night reading the book until it was finished. I had a One Night Stand with American History.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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An entertaining enough collection of weird facts and anecdotes about American history--each one with an original source citation to boot, which is great. Except that a lot of it's anecdotal, and a lot of the sources are OTHER collections of trivia rather than anything primary. But it's all richer and smarter than I would have expected, which is why my browsing through it turned into a full reading.--J.Ruch
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Kelley on March 24, 2000
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Shenkman has a gift for digging up interesting events and facts about history. In this case, the material is presented as a long string of anecdotes, organized about as well as one can organize such a collection. It's often humourous, it's usually enlightening, and it's full of the irreverence with which we should be viewing the 'official' version of US history.
Unfortunately, its conclusions are at times debatable, so while it is valuable as a historical study, it is by no means definitive. Before you cite Shenkman on any point, I would look up his sources and satisfy myself as to context and credibility. To Shenkman's credit, the sources are referenced, so one can do just that if one feels motivated.
Recommended, especially for people who profess to hate history because of the way it was taught. That, at least, Shenkman can probably remedy--there's nothing to hate about the way Shenkman relates history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
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This collection of little known facts about American history is a must for anyone trying to overcome their public-school education. Both enlightening and entertaining, it appeals to the history buff and novice alike.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Holcombe on January 29, 2001
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Wonderful book. Second I have read from Shenkman and I am off to order more. There are few books that when the end comes, you have a deep feeling of regret. I hated to see the book end. It treats history in an interesting manner and provides stories that are often left out in the dry classes that worry about covering a survey course and not the interesting tidbit of social history which add to the flavor of our American society.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Hellwig on October 29, 1998
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For anyone who has the "basics" down about American History, this book in an invaluable source for little known incidents starting from the first voyages to the New World all the way to the Ford presidency. Its these little known incidences which give the reader a feel for the times in which they occurred. Interesting and well-researched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara B. Tracy on February 1, 2010
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Loved this book so much that it is on my "gift list." Great short reading for bedtime, the bathroom, or other times when you have just a short amount of time to full. Plus, you learn lots of information about history.
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