Ignorance Is Blitz: Mangled Moments of History from Actual College Students

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Now in chunky format, the funniest book ever written about the history of Western Civilization. Originally published under the title Non Campus Mentis, this book made four national bestseller lists—The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and BookSense; has 200,000 copies in print; and garnered praise from across the country: "Glorious . . . equal-opportunity idiocy for every era."—Philadelphia Enquirer. "A horrifically hilarious compendium . . . knitting together errors, assumptions, and creative ...
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Now in chunky format, the funniest book ever written about the history of Western Civilization. Originally published under the title Non Campus Mentis, this book made four national bestseller lists—The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and BookSense; has 200,000 copies in print; and garnered praise from across the country: "Glorious . . . equal-opportunity idiocy for every era."—Philadelphia Enquirer. "A horrifically hilarious compendium . . . knitting together errors, assumptions, and creative fact-making that are shocking and hysterical."—Associated Press. "You'll laugh until you cry, shedding tears for the state of American education."—Baltimore Sun.

Compiled by Professor Anders Henriksson from the term papers and blue book exams of students who clearly made it to college before the advent of "No Child Left Behind,"Ignorance Is Blitz is unput-downable. You won't believe what you just read, and won't want to wait to see what's coming next, from the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Contraption to Pericles' greatest erection, the Parthenonon to Custard's Last Stand to Hitler shooting himself in the Bonker and Martin Luther King's ground-breaking speech, "If I Had a Hammer." And who knew: Caesar was assassinated on the Yikes of March, when he is reported to have said, "Me too, Brutus." Rasputin was a pheasant by birth. Victims of the black plague grew boobs on their neck. Judyism had one big God named Yahoo. Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for inventing the radiator. And "During the Dark Ages, it was mostly dark."

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Every history professor has had the experience: You've spent weeks and weeks presenting lectures, prepping your college students for final exams. And then, after the blue books arrive, you sit befuddled, astonished by your charges' cluelessness. Professor Anders Henriksson responded to this flood of ignorance by collecting the most outlandish examples. These historical mishaps include: "Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for inventing the radiator"; "Martin Luther King's groundbreaking speech 'If I Had a Hammer' "; "Custard's Last Stand"; "the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Contraption"; and "During the Dark Ages, it was mostly dark."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761149491
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.12 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Anders Henriksson is a professor of history at Shepherd College in West Virginia. Author of Ignorance Is Blitz, he has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio. He and his wife live in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    I love this book! Each year I want to give my copy to my history

    I love this book! Each year I want to give my copy to my history professor, but never do, because I couldn't bear to part with it. It never fails to make me laugh.

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