The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost

The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost


  • Hardcover
  • 420 pages
  • The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost Complete and Entirely Entertaining Story of America
  • Erik Sass
  • English
  • 21 February 2016
  • 9780061928222

10 thoughts on “The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost Complete and Entirely Entertaining Story of America

  1. Dylan Dylan says:

    This history book as with all history books needs to be read with a grain of salt I found several date errors which made me wonder how many other mistakes this book had I thought the pacing of this book was odd it seemed to focus on aspects of history that weren't that significant or shaping while skating over influential events It did have some interesting factsstories that I hadn't heard before and the sarcasm was amusing


  2. Alex Alex says:

    Lots of humor and simplifying of American history A good introduction to many subjects that encourage a reader to dig deeper and learn A good fun informative read


  3. Andres Andres says:

    I've always felt that history should be taught with humor and simplicity sprinkling dates once in a while only when its absolutely necessary; this way many won't succumb to the drowsiness that hits every couple of pages when reading said genre Out of these three aspects Humor Simplicity and Facts The Mental Floss succeeds on delivering the latter two and about half of the first Regarding its comedic aspect this book sure contains its fair number of jokes but most of them will make you giggle if not less While I expected the book to contain a wide variety of jokes derived from the many years of American history they actually follow a structure which usually involves one liners in parenthesis Ex as their experts called it 'Manifest Destiny' 'Mass murder?' No 'Manifest Destiny' And while these tidbits of humor help lightening the load some lack originality or are even expectedThe other two aspects are expertly covered describing to the reader historical events on average terms without much complexity My only complain about these two traits had to deal with how the authors deal with numerical comparisons Those who have read this book will certainly understand for the last 250 pages are riddled with data shaped as Population of X in 1990 to Z in 1998 or Spending of A in 1939 to a huge B in 1945 These comparisons were uite tedious by the end of the book and while they sure work to give the reader an idea of what was going on during a certain time period the amount of data exposed on the last couple of chapters is superfluous Leaving this only two complaints aside the book as a whole is a great way to start reading on American History and to understand the current state of the country Skimming from period to period The Mental Floss helps those new to the genre by proving that reading about the past doesn't necessarily involve a mindless spill of dates events and facts My only warning goes to those deeply involved on historical reading if you are looking for a book that explains the whole history of the US from A to Z look somewhere else; this book is just too skinny on the details for you


  4. Ryan Fohl Ryan Fohl says:

    A good uick read Some surprises in there Big focus on 20th century which I liked Recent history often gets short shrift Things I learned Abe Lincoln censored my home town paper during the civil war Al Gore does deserve a lot of credit for the internet


  5. Erin Matson Erin Matson says:

    If you ever wondered what would happen if a history book and an aspiring advertising copywriter portfolio were mashed together here’s your answer It would benefit from depth and less desperation to be ‘cool’


  6. John John says:

    Random facts Most of which I did not know Did you know that Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital? WTF


  7. Paul Paul says:

    When an author can't get right the fact the movie All The Right Moves is about FOOTBALL and not basketball you start to uestion the validity of anything he's said in the book It even shows Tom Cruise holding a football on the movie poster How much fact checking is there? Now you may be asking Why is he talking about 'All The Right Moves'? And that's a very good uestion This book is all over the place It's an entertaining read at times but you start to see a bias towards different topics as you read During these trying times race has been an important topic and the author brings race relations up uite a few times throughout the book which was published in 2010 or at least my copy could have been reprinted It's not all about politics but rather all kinds of important figures and trends throughout the United States history which makes sense However I disagree with the inclusion of things like a rather lengthy passage on serial killers It didn't feel like it belonged in the book at all and they could have talked about other topics during that period So many things feel glossed over but yet I got a good chunk of book dedicated to jazz music yuck The author does state in the title it's ALMOST complete so I guess I can't complain too muchI think the best part of the book was the last couple chapters Even though it's history I personally have lived I learned some things I had not heard before and was surprised to find the author took a rather non biased look at both sides of the issues There's a uote at the beginning of the book from Ringo Starr which states So this is America They must be out of their minds I would say this uote seems to summarize the book pretty well While the book celebrates American achievement and innovation from time to time it also tends to portray many historical figures as megalomaniacs Is it a fair portrayal? Perhaps But whether we have all the facts as I pointed out at the beginning is a different story


  8. Kristina Moses Kristina Moses says:

    It was pretty entertaining and a good review of what happened in US history I respect enjoyed the parts about culture But as I mentioned in the earlier updates while I was reading the Lies your teacher told you sections were really annoying It was full of the author's opinions or otherwise his insinuation that schools are teaching simplistic history of generalizations where everything only has one cause or one simple explanation I'm a history teacher I have the right to be annoyed


  9. Jim Jim says:

    Was expecting something along the line of trivia but it was like a youth oriented Zinn Knew most of it already but doesn't hurt to get booster I don't like it much when sidebars interrupt the narrative though


  10. Mikey Galai Mikey Galai says:

    Light but informative reading Learned some new stuff


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The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost Complete and Entirely Entertaining Story of America➳ [Reading] ➶ The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost Complete and Entirely Entertaining Story of America By Erik Sass ➩ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Smarter than your old history teacher funnier than the founding fathers and American than apple pie The Mental Floss History of the United States is an almost but not entirely comprehensive primer on Smarter than Floss History eBook ✓ your old history teacher funnier than the founding fathers and American than apple pie The Mental Floss History of the United States is an almost but not entirely comprehensive primer on American history or at least the good stuff From the editors of MentalFlosscom and mentalfloss magazine—with its tagline “Feel smart again”—comes an American History text packed with hilarious but true trivia written in The Mental ePUB ´ the smart aleck tradition of The Mental Floss History of the World Mental Floss Presents In the Beginning and the first mentalfloss book Condensed Knowledge Perfect for trivia buffs history lovers college students and anyone who likes to laugh and learn Mental Floss History of the MOBI :Þ United States history has never been so fun.

10 thoughts on “The Mental Floss History of the United States The Almost Complete and Entirely Entertaining Story of America

  1. Dylan Dylan says:

    This history book as with all history books needs to be read with a grain of salt I found several date errors which made me wonder how many other mistakes this book had I thought the pacing of this book was odd it seemed to focus on aspects of history that weren't that significant or shaping while skating over influential events It did have some interesting factsstories that I hadn't heard before and the sarcasm was amusing

  2. Alex Alex says:

    Lots of humor and simplifying of American history A good introduction to many subjects that encourage a reader to dig deeper and learn A good fun informative read

  3. Andres Andres says:

    I've always felt that history should be taught with humor and simplicity sprinkling dates once in a while only when its absolutely necessary; this way many won't succumb to the drowsiness that hits every couple of pages when reading said genre Out of these three aspects Humor Simplicity and Facts The Mental Floss succeeds on delivering the latter two and about half of the first Regarding its comedic aspect this book sure contains its fair number of jokes but most of them will make you giggle if not less While I expected the book to contain a wide variety of jokes derived from the many years of American history they actually follow a structure which usually involves one liners in parenthesis Ex as their experts called it 'Manifest Destiny' 'Mass murder?' No 'Manifest Destiny' And while these tidbits of humor help lightening the load some lack originality or are even expectedThe other two aspects are expertly covered describing to the reader historical events on average terms without much complexity My only complain about these two traits had to deal with how the authors deal with numerical comparisons Those who have read this book will certainly understand for the last 250 pages are riddled with data shaped as Population of X in 1990 to Z in 1998 or Spending of A in 1939 to a huge B in 1945 These comparisons were uite tedious by the end of the book and while they sure work to give the reader an idea of what was going on during a certain time period the amount of data exposed on the last couple of chapters is superfluous Leaving this only two complaints aside the book as a whole is a great way to start reading on American History and to understand the current state of the country Skimming from period to period The Mental Floss helps those new to the genre by proving that reading about the past doesn't necessarily involve a mindless spill of dates events and facts My only warning goes to those deeply involved on historical reading if you are looking for a book that explains the whole history of the US from A to Z look somewhere else; this book is just too skinny on the details for you

  4. Ryan Fohl Ryan Fohl says:

    A good uick read Some surprises in there Big focus on 20th century which I liked Recent history often gets short shrift Things I learned Abe Lincoln censored my home town paper during the civil war Al Gore does deserve a lot of credit for the internet

  5. Erin Matson Erin Matson says:

    If you ever wondered what would happen if a history book and an aspiring advertising copywriter portfolio were mashed together here’s your answer It would benefit from depth and less desperation to be ‘cool’

  6. John John says:

    Random facts Most of which I did not know Did you know that Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital? WTF

  7. Paul Paul says:

    When an author can't get right the fact the movie All The Right Moves is about FOOTBALL and not basketball you start to uestion the validity of anything he's said in the book It even shows Tom Cruise holding a football on the movie poster How much fact checking is there? Now you may be asking Why is he talking about 'All The Right Moves'? And that's a very good uestion This book is all over the place It's an entertaining read at times but you start to see a bias towards different topics as you read During these trying times race has been an important topic and the author brings race relations up uite a few times throughout the book which was published in 2010 or at least my copy could have been reprinted It's not all about politics but rather all kinds of important figures and trends throughout the United States history which makes sense However I disagree with the inclusion of things like a rather lengthy passage on serial killers It didn't feel like it belonged in the book at all and they could have talked about other topics during that period So many things feel glossed over but yet I got a good chunk of book dedicated to jazz music yuck The author does state in the title it's ALMOST complete so I guess I can't complain too muchI think the best part of the book was the last couple chapters Even though it's history I personally have lived I learned some things I had not heard before and was surprised to find the author took a rather non biased look at both sides of the issues There's a uote at the beginning of the book from Ringo Starr which states So this is America They must be out of their minds I would say this uote seems to summarize the book pretty well While the book celebrates American achievement and innovation from time to time it also tends to portray many historical figures as megalomaniacs Is it a fair portrayal? Perhaps But whether we have all the facts as I pointed out at the beginning is a different story

  8. Kristina Moses Kristina Moses says:

    It was pretty entertaining and a good review of what happened in US history I respect enjoyed the parts about culture But as I mentioned in the earlier updates while I was reading the Lies your teacher told you sections were really annoying It was full of the author's opinions or otherwise his insinuation that schools are teaching simplistic history of generalizations where everything only has one cause or one simple explanation I'm a history teacher I have the right to be annoyed

  9. Jim Jim says:

    Was expecting something along the line of trivia but it was like a youth oriented Zinn Knew most of it already but doesn't hurt to get booster I don't like it much when sidebars interrupt the narrative though

  10. Mikey Galai Mikey Galai says:

    Light but informative reading Learned some new stuff

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