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Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and…

by Leland Gregory

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Now you know my secret obsession. I can not resist books full of tidbits of information. ( )
  AbsurdBookNerd | Dec 12, 2015 |
would of made a better day-to-day calendar.... ( )
  TriciaDM | Jul 14, 2011 |
It was ok ( )
  harperhaven | Apr 29, 2011 |
There are several blatant errors in this book, so you can't take everything it says as true. But, it's still an entertaining read. So, don't read this if you're looking for a book full of true historical humorous events, unless you're prepared to have to research any that catch your interest to see whether or not they are in fact true. But, if you're just looking for a bit of entertainment and humor, then go ahead and pick up this one. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Jan 22, 2011 |
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America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.

From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to alert us that the British were coming and not that Paul Revere dude.

Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has finally found its rightful place in American history.

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"John Tyler was on his knees playing marbles when he was informed that Benjamin Harrison had died and he was now president of the United States. At that time marbles was a very popular game for both children and grown-ups."

For reasons still unknown, Texas congressman Thomas Lindsay Blanton, a Presbyterian Sunday school teacher and prohibitionist, inserted dirty words into the Congressional Record in 1921. His colleagues overwhelmingly censured him on October 24, 1921, by a vote of 293-0."

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Presents little-known facts and anecdotes about the history of the United States, focusing on famous mistakes, misrepresented quotes and facts throught the nation's history.

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