The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America

The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America

Smarter than your old history teacher, funnier than the founding fathers, and more 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 MentalFloss.com and mental_floss magazine?with its tagline: ?Feel smart again??comes an American Smarter than your old history teacher, funnier than the founding fathers, and more American than apple pie, The Me...

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Title:The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America
Author:Erik Sass
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:420 pages pages

The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America Reviews

  • Sarah
    Dec 05, 2012
    This really should be required reading for anyone living in the U.S. Granted, the author(s) give you a definite answer on a lot of ambiguous/subjective questions in American history, so this shouldn't be one's only source. But each of those definite answers is presented with considera...
  • Jim
    Oct 23, 2018
    Was expecting something more along the line of trivia, but it was more 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. ...
  • Alex
    Mar 20, 2017
    Lots of humor and simplifying of American history. A good introduction to many subjects that encourage a reader to dig deeper and learn more. A good, fun, informative read. ...
  • Susan Liston
    Jul 25, 2015
    Like their history of the world, this is more a series of anecdotes than a straight history text. Very easy to read and often funny. If you have limited knowledge this is a good basic overview, and for someone with a fair amount of prior knowledge it is a great review, plus many intere...
  • Marija S.
    Oct 10, 2012
    I believe this is the first 3-star book I also rated as 'solid-read'. Why? Well, for a reader who is completely clueless about history and culture of the USA, this book will do no good. The rest will be amused by its puns, disclosing of less known, spicy details, anti-textbook angle...
  • Dave
    Sep 17, 2011
    Great American history book--irreverent but not dismissive or partisan. Being humorous and ironic and still respecting facts and competing opinions is difficult, but they seem to do it here. No one gets over-admired--not Lincoln, FDR, Clinton, Reagan, or Rutherford B. Hayes. Nor the Un...
  • Grace
    Nov 23, 2010
    I absolutely loved "The Mental Floss History of the United States: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America. In just under 400 pages, Erik Sass and Mental Floss pack more facts and debunk more myths than all of my history classes in middle school and high scho...
  • Cora
    Jan 26, 2015
    I learned a lot from this brief overview of United States History from 23,000 BCE through 2010. The book is broken up into ten chapters each covering a range of years. In each chapter the author gives an overview of the time frame, a time line of notable events, a section on "lies your...
  • Artie
    Aug 15, 2018
    A very low 4 due to some suspect conclusions. A good starting point though for those who avoid history. ...
  • cheryl
    Nov 13, 2010
    This definitely falls into the realm of a book I might pick up and glance at on my own but wouldn't likely have bought if not presented with the opportunity to read it for Harper. I enjoyed it, though I think it may be better as a "pick-up and read a few pages" book than one read strai...
  • Brett
    May 15, 2013
    I would have loved history even more than I already do (confessed history nerd speaking here, admittedly) if we had had textbooks that read like this when I was in school. Presented in irreverent, humorous bite-size sections under headings such as "Where My Gods At?" & "We've Got I...
  • Jennifer Rayment
    Feb 10, 2011
    The Good Stuff * American historical information written in an easy to read and understand format * Funny as Hell, but also sensitively written at times * You can see they have a love for their country, but at the same time admitting its faults and some of its less than stellar...
  • Casey Brehm
    Dec 08, 2015
    I am halfway through the book so this may change. So far, the authors would have the readers believe that women played no part in United States history except the occasional mention of daring fashion trends. I guess that's all women had to contribute to the building of this great natio...
  • John
    Dec 20, 2010
    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. ...
  • Robbie
    Aug 21, 2011
    This has probably been one of the most entertaining, interesting books I have ever read. This was kind of the book I've been reading on and off for a while between school and stuff, so I finally finished it, probably knowing more now before I started. A complete, detailed, and entertai...
  • Kyrie
    Feb 10, 2014
    I would like this book better as a coffee table or guest room book - the sort one picks up and reads in little bits instead of straight through. It would also be a good review book before playing Jeopardy! There were lots of interesting bits of trivia (a fair amount that I didn't k...
  • Heather Sobek
    Jun 15, 2018
    A good brush-up, but I think needed more focus on US before the 20th century. ...
  • Enya-Marie
    Mar 25, 2015
    Pretty decent book, very engaging and interesting but it would've been a lot better if it wasn't so oversimplified. I get that this was probably done to shorten it and pack so much history into so few pages but it made for some pretty misleading statements which, if I didn't know more ...
  • James
    Jul 20, 2017
    A diverting, refreshing take on US history, although not as 'entertaining' as it claims. Mildly amusing at best. ...
  • Dylan
    Nov 18, 2015
    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...
  • Mikey Galai
    May 31, 2017
    Light, but informative reading. Learned some new stuff. ...
  • Andres
    Mar 05, 2013
    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, Simp...
  • Ryan Fohl
    Jan 02, 2018
    A good quick read. Some surprises in there. Big focus on 20th century, which I liked. Recent history often get shot 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. ...
  • Kristina Moses
    Apr 14, 2019
    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 o...
  • Beth Olson shultz
    Jun 28, 2018
    this is a decent history book and funny at times. ...
  • Nora Feehan
    Feb 17, 2018
    Very funny? ...
  • April Teeters
    Jul 12, 2018
    This book had me in stitches! It takes you through American history in a blunt, hilarious manner! ...
  • Adam Uraynar
    May 27, 2015
    1853 in upstate NY, this part African-American, part Native American chef George Crum had a specialty in making traditional thick cut fries, but day they were sent back twice by the same guest: the first time complaining they were too chunky, and the second...the rest is history. (Crum...
  • Thomas A
    Nov 04, 2014
    This book is very similar to History Of The World. It has the same format, dividing history into time periods, with the quick overview at the beginning. It then has main ideas, with smaller interesting facts in the margins. Then it goes to sections detailing the good and bad inventions...
  • Jonah
    Apr 22, 2016
    All of American history summed up into one book. Wouldn?t you want to know how you got to where you are today? This book is called History of the United States by Erik Sass. Throughout this book I imagined myself traveling through time on an adventure learning about American histor...