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Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 420pp
Sales Rank: 1,344
Description (from the publisher):
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?
Does internet dating really work?
Americans are patriotic people: a 2008 poll showed 72% believe the U.S.A. is “the best nation in the world.” But it turns out that “patriotic” and “historically knowledgeable” are two different things: in recent surveys, almost half of American’s didn’t know who led the Continental Army to victory (some guy named George), 25% of high school students believed that Columbus set sail after 1750, and a third couldn’t say in which century the American Revolution occurred. Is this shocking lack of knowledge due to the fact that THE MENTAL FLOSS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: The (Almost) Complete and (Entirely) Entertaining Story of America (Harper: October 5, 2010; Hardcover; $24.99) won’t be on shelves until October? Possibly so.
In trademark smart-aleck style, the geniuses at mental_floss provide the history book you’ve always wished you had. This hilarious romp through our nation’s past reveals little-known truths, exposes lies our teachers told us, and provides insight into the oddities of America’s most infamous citizens. THE MENTAL FLOSS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES spans America’s entire history, from social and political events to major phenomena in science, literature, and fashion, tackling our greatest questions and misconceptions.
With detailed timelines and charts, a “by the numbers” round-up, and tons of amusing trivia in each chapter, THE MENTAL FLOSS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES sets the historical record straight at last. Filled with juicy tales of political intrigue, serial killers, the original Swine Flu, potato chips, Puritans, rum, and more, this entertaining and insightful history will answer all of your questions about everything made in the U.S.A.
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).
Click here to read an excerpt.
About the authors (from the publisher):
Erik Sass is a journalist based in Los Angeles with branch offices around the country. When not writing for mental_floss, he reports on the media and advertising business for MediaPost.com. He lives in Santa Monica with his roommate, an ill-tempered 500-pound adult male Bengal tiger named Big Al.
Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur met as freshmen at Duke University, where they parlayed their cafeteria conversations into the first issue of mental_floss magazine. Ten years later, they’ve created a knowledge empire. In addition to the magazine, the pair has produced two board games, a t-shirt line, and a Web site (mentalfloss.com) that attracts millions of visitors every month.
Will and Mangesh have also collaborated on over 10 books together, including Condensed Knowledge, Forbidden Knowledge, History of the World, and Lolita, written under the pen name Vladimir Nabokov.
Thanks to Harper Collins, I have two (2) copies to giveaway. Here's the hows and wherefores:
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• PLEASE NOTE: One win per household. If you win this title in another contest hosted at another blog, the publisher will only send one copy per household address.
• Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 14, 2010.
• Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email announcing that they have won; if I don't hear from a winner, I will draw another name.
• Winners are determined using the sequence generator at Random.org.
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