Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States

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If you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that "the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty," Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you. Every single momentous event and ...

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Overview

If you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that "the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty," Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you. Every single momentous event and crucial movement is covered, including:

The Birthing Contractions of a Nation
Kicking Some British Butt
The Forging of a Large, Wasteful Bureaucracy
The Civil War: A Nation Pokes Itself in the Eyeball
The Fifties: Peace, Prosperity, Brain Death
The Reagan-Bush Years: Napping Toward Glory
And much more!

In his fervent quest to complete the closing of the American mind, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry serves up a stunningly simple solution to historical illiteracy: leave out the dull parts! His newest, funniest--and most successful--book yet takes us on a whirlwind tour of American history and is sure to become a standard text for students of American humor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miami Herald syndicated columnist Barry here assembles a funny U.S. history replete with malapropisms Ferdinard and Imelda of Spain financed Columbus, parodies ``This land is your land, / This land is my land, / Looks like one of us / Has a forged deed to the land.'', literal-mindedness President Monroe Doctrine and, above all, anachronisms the Wrights' first flight was canceled because of equipment problems at O'Hare. Several clever gags run through the book--one about the significant contributions of women and minorities although none is ever detailed, another ascribing the date of every major event to October 8 for ease in remembering and a third featuring the Hawley-Smoot tariff, which had an immediate impact on the Great Depression. There are few heroes in Barry's pantheon, and only an occasional villain--principally Richard Nixon--while other widely admired figures, like Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, are given their lumps. Author tour. June
Library Journal
This book creates a serious problem--how to read it in public without laughing out loud. Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist from the Miami Herald , writes deft, gaily satirical comedy which always borders on the ridiculous and sometimes crosses that border. His idea of making humor out of many familiar events and notable figures in American history is appealingly audacious. Written in the form of a history text, with ``questions'' at the end of chapters, the book starts with the days when there were ``no roads, no cities, no shopping malls, no Honda dealerships'' and ends at the point of landing ``a manned spacecraft on Trump''--the planet, of course. Ideal reading for gloomy afternoons and other times that require pleasant diversion.-- A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Lib . & Information Science, Simmons Coll., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345416605
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 160,983
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Miami Herald. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the recent Dave Barry in Cyberspace. He lives in Miami, Florida.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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    Private Room

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    HA HA!

    This is a great book. The more you know about American history, the funnier it is. It may not be for everyone. Dave Barry's humor is very unique but if you like his style, this is one of his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    Twisted history

    If you've ever read Dave's year end reviews (or his millenium review from this past year), you'll have an idea of what this book is like. It's a hysterical mix of facts, fiction, and distortion of events. As always, Dave makes you laugh your tuckus off.

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