The Slackers Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on Discovering America, the Boston Tea Party, the California Gold Rush, and Lots of Other Stuff Dead White Guys Did

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In less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the Constitution, most Americans can spout off all their U.S. history knowledge. (Hint: it starts with "In 1492" and ends with "sailed the ocean blue.") That's because most history books are as interesting as the phone book-and have the same number of pages. The ...

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Overview

What does Miley Cyrus have in common with Sacagawea? How could Steve Jobs have helped Eisenhower? What does the moon landing have to do with the Hilton sisters?

In less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the Constitution, most Americans can spout off all their U.S. history knowledge. (Hint: it starts with "In 1492" and ends with "sailed the ocean blue.") That's because most history books are as interesting as the phone book-and have the same number of pages. The average Joe (the guy who TiVo'd John Adams on HBO but won't make Colonial Williamsburg his next vacation spot) needs a witty and edgy history book-and he has it, with with this guide. Hysterical authors-and self-described slackers-Don Stewart and John Pfeifer give readers the bare minimum on important events such as:

  • The Civil War (the war that pitted brother vs. brother-about the bruthas)
  • The expedition of Lewis and Clark (the ultimate road trip)
  • The Boston Tea Party (not much of a party unless that tea was from Long Island)
  • The assassination of JFK (one vacation that ended particularly badly)
Combining current pop culture references and accessible historical information, this satirical book catches readers up on what they slept through in History 101.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605503462
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 10/18/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Stewart (Orlando, FL) is a graduate of cowboy hat maker John B. Stetson's University, where he learned to put up with his college roommate, John Pfeiffer. Growing up with a passion for history and humor, he is now a successful entrepreneur with an extensive background in sales and marketing.

John Pfeiffer (Atlanta, GA) is married with three daughters. He received his BBA from Stetson University in Florida (a difficult task when your roommate is Don Stewart), and his MBA from Georgia State University. He works as a financial advisor and when not being a slacker, his hobbies include poker and tennis.

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    Humerous and fast moving. Also has basic facts that you will remember.

    Fast moving and it is very funny reading.

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