Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions

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America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.

From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to ...

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Overview

America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History.

From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through American history's mythconceptions, exposing idiocy and inanity along the time line. He reeducates by informing us about myths. For example, Samuel Prescott actually was the guy to alert us that the British were coming and not that Paul Revere dude.

Move over Colbert and Stewart; satire has finally found its rightful place in American history.

Excerpt from the book:

"John Tyler was on his knees playing marbles when he was informed that Benjamin Harrison had died and he was now president of the United States. At that time marbles was a very popular game for both children and grown-ups."

For reasons still unknown, Texas congressman Thomas Lindsay Blanton, a Presbyterian Sunday school teacher and prohibitionist, inserted dirty words into the Congressional Record in 1921. His colleagues overwhelmingly censured him on October 24, 1921, by a vote of 293-0."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780740779916
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 348,875
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory‚Äôs Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers Stupid American History and America's Dumbest Criminals.  A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. 

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Haven't read BUT,

    if the quote on the B&N site is actually in the book, then the author needs to spend more time looking at the facts of history. Johm Tyler was NOT Benjamin Harrison's VP. Benjamin Harrison did NOT die in office--he was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the first U.S. President to die in office and whom Tyler succeeded. While I am all for looking at the interesting and less vital parts of history, let's make sure we have the facts correct.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Not for the history buff

    Too short chapters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Not bad

    While I liked this book very much, you can find the same information and much more in Lies, Legends and Cherished Myths of American History and World History.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    History can be fun!

    My son loved it! He loves history, both the significant and insignificant parts. Fun to read and share with friends of all ages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Good Gift

    I purchased this for quick 'humor gift' for a friend. Feedback is that it was a good choice.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Love it!

    Perfect book for the car, doctor's visits, or waiting for the kids at the bus stop. Concise, interesting facts in a small, pocket-sized text.
    I love corrective/alternative historical narratives and this is no disappointment. One critique though: since it is a book of interesting and counter-intuitive facts, I found the piece on the ascension US Vice-Presidents in need of one more word. Leland Gregory writes "In 1989, George Herbert Walker Bush was the first vice-president elected to the Office of the Presidency since Martin Van Buren in 1836" (pg 7). Vice-President Nixon also ascended to the Presidency, I think what Mr. Gregory meant was that Van Buren and Bush (41) are the only SITTING veeps to ascend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

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    great book

    Great to start conversations with your kids, relatives or a complete stranger. Also gives you a great laugh on a day that is not so great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Very Fun Read

    Enjoyable bathroom reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Likeland mall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Wait+%0A

    Is+it+really+worth+the+money%3F+Respond+to+history+lover

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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