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The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
     

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits

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by Erik Sass, Steve Wiegand, Editors Of Mental Floss
 

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“An irreverent romp through history’s best bits,” The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent—yet always historically accurate—overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of

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Mental Floss History of the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent, interesting, exciting and easy to read account of world history. One of my fav books ever!!!! Highly recommend it!
Quoz More than 1 year ago
This book discusses history from a different point of view, sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always interesting. I enjoyed it partially because it's the type of book you can read in spare moments and not be concerned with loosing track of the story. The information and interpretations are often different from the traditionally accepted version but are plausible and entertaining. It's a fun book to read if you like history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does an adequate job covering world history. It is, however written for those that don't know anything about history, playing to the lowest common denominator. It has a good flow to it, although there are snarky remarks that make it seem like it was written by Happy Gilmore. There is some bias to it regarding modern times, but not nearly as bad as Howard Zinn's work.
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B-2 More than 1 year ago
The book is just what it claims to be : if you meet an alien at a cocktail party and he ( she? it?) asks you about the history of your civilization , you can just read this book aloud. Of course, it is somewhat sketchy and superficial by necessity, and you'll find a minor error here and there. But on the other hand even a most devoted history fan will find in it something he ( she? it?) didn't know. Very easily read. No illustrations, though. And it would be a good idea to include a "Recommended for more information about that..." section in the end. I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). I would give this one a BK ( as a fun reference to have).
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