Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Mythconceptions (Google eBook)

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Apr 21, 2009 - History - 266 pages
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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 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.

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

User Review  - Mike Jensen - Goodreads

Lighthearted, perfect for toilet reading book that purports to correct commonly believed falsehoods about American history, such as George Washington cutting down a cherry tree. The main problem is ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

This book had some interesting stories and information, but quite a few of the things he referred to as widely accepted or common misconceptions were things I've never heard. I do question the ... Read full review

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Leland Gregory has authored more than a dozen humor titles, including What's the Number for 911? and the New York Times best-sellers America's Dumbest Criminals and Stupid American History. A tireless promoter, he has made hundreds of radio and television appearances, including multiple appearances on NBC's Today show. Gregory resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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