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Our Dumb Century (Running Press Miniature Editions) Hardcover – May 11, 2004
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Just a fun and quick read that may have you looking up a couple of things on-line if the humor falls flat.The very tiny print is a bit of an issue, be fore-warned.
I bought mine used to read in an afternoon, like a magazine, and give away.
This is from pre 2000, so a lot of the stuff is very old. That's probably why it is so inexpensive, folks
My favorite parts were the early 1900's and up to about WWII. With the benefit of knowing how it all ends, the Onion is able create headlines about Hitler and the British and French which are totally false but are probably what the thinking was at the time.
I love the part where Charlie McCarthy and his puppet urged American kids to committ suicide and 75,000 did so.
The Onion rips the racist mentality of the early 1900's by overtly promoting the racist attitudes of the country. Of course back then you weren't considered a racist if you held some of those beliefs, but times have changed. The Onion has a hold on what public consensus was during the past and uses that knowledge to create hilarious stories.
I recommend this book for anyone with a knowledge of history or for anyone wanting to learn.
There is no finer way to learn history wrong.
04/13/1916 -- Cubist Regiment Decimated -- skewed perspective, lack of depth prove liability as non-linear soldiers are mercilessly cut down
07/20/1925 -- Scopes Monkey Trial Raises Troubling Question: Is Science Being Taught in Our Schools?
01/22/1990 -- Berlin Wall Destroyed in Doritos-Sponsored Super Bowl Halftime Spectacular
01/10/1998 -- Educators Praised As U.S. Kids Lead World in Schoolyard Shooting Accuracy
Many items are inspired one-liners, but a number enjoy lengthy front page stories that sustain the mood and the level of comedy. Ads, announcements, tv and radio schedules, cartoons and graphics are equally enjoyable. Count how many times Lady Liberty is ravaged by heathen outsiders!
A minor complaint: The only thing that would have made this book more enjoyable is an index so you could find your favorite targets more easily, but the writers have brought me so much laughter I could forgive them anything. A gentle warning: Don't leave this in the loo or you will never get in there!
Splendid. Righteous. Brilliant.