Okay, so I haven’t read this book yet but I am reasonably sure it will be awesome. If any of you aren’t familiar with mental_floss magazine, it’s a really funny, really clever, really entertaining magazine that talks about science, history, pop culture, and other interesting topics in a way that everyone can enjoy. I love it so much I even got the trivia game. And since the book is written by the dudes that started mental_floss– yeah, it’ll be awesome.
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.
This book will be released on October 5!
- I have TWO copies available so TWO people will win! Yay!
- It will run from today, Wednesday (September 29), ’til Sunday (October 3). So get in there quick!
- Open to US residents only, since the publisher is covering shipping costs (thanks, publisher!).
- To enter please fill out this form.
Winners will be chosen Monday morning. Good luck!