Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions

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You can't change the past, but with Mass Historia, Chris Regan has done a very fine job of making fun of it." —Stephen Colbert

The History Channel meets Comedy Central in this sidesplitting, quasi-historical almanac by Chris Regan, a five time Emmy award winning comedy writer and one of the coauthors of Jon Stewart's bestselling America (The Book).

Regan flips through our nation's historical calendar to offer up unknown, unrepentant, and ...

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Overview

You can't change the past, but with Mass Historia, Chris Regan has done a very fine job of making fun of it." —Stephen Colbert

The History Channel meets Comedy Central in this sidesplitting, quasi-historical almanac by Chris Regan, a five time Emmy award winning comedy writer and one of the coauthors of Jon Stewart's bestselling America (The Book).

Regan flips through our nation's historical calendar to offer up unknown, unrepentant, and often-unbelievable facts for every day of the year. Based on genuine, historical occurrences, Regan sets out to rewrite history with his unique satirical voice.

As Regan explains, "Enjoy this book, learn something from it, but do not reference it in any scholarly paper." Consider entries like June 12th, 1991: "Russians elect Boris Yeltsin president. Yeltsin suggests a toast to Democracy, wakes up shoeless on a bus eight years later." Or Regan's entry for May 15th, 1718: "A London Lawyer named James Puckle patents the world's first machine gun, because lawyering was not doing enough to crush the soul of mankind." The reader will also learn about the November 11th, 1918 birth of "Armistice Day, which was later changed to Veterans' Day, so that Americans could more easily pronounce what they annually ignored."

Full-color photographs, along with amusing sidebars, lists, and mock historical images aid in providing definitive answers to historical curiosities such as, "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?" or the similarities between music moguls Kevin Federline and Johann Sebastian Bach. Readers will even discover that Alexander G. Bell's famous cry of, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you," during the first telephone conversation was, in fact, the invention of the Booty Call.

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If the History Channel and Comedy Central had a baby, it would be this book. Its formula is as subversive as it is simple: Former Daily Show writer Chris Regan takes 365 days of historical facts and then reshapes them in irreverent ways. For example, the entry for July 12th notes that on that day in 1991, Russians elected Boris Yeltsin, then follows that statement with the more speculative "Yeltsin suggests a toast for democracy, wakes up shoeless on a bus eight years later." A full year of history with a risible twist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740768699
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Regan is a comedy writer who wrote for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for seven seasons, winning five Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He was one of the coauthors of the best-selling "America (The Book)" and his work has appeared in USA Today, New York magazine and all sorts of different websites, including www.masshistoria.net. He currently writes for "Talkshow with Spike Feresten" on Fox and "Frank TV" on TBS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Laugh and Learn

    I first started reading Mass Historia on the web, which was a pain. My kids would swarm my computer, trying to read it first and crawling all over me. Now that it is a book, I can lock myself in the bathroom and read it in peace, although my wife is getting somewhat suspicious. While it is very funny, it is also educational. After they've read entries from the book, I make sure my kids also do a quick search online so that they know which bits are fact and which are fantasy. They love it, I love it, and even though they haven't noticed yet, they are learning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Really funny

    Hilarious and actually informative. Every page is full of great jokes. It's going to be my Christmas gift this year.

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