Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults

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St. Martin's Press, Dec 15, 2004 - History - 179 pages
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Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults is a hilarious collection of insulting historical quotations in the vein of The Portable Curmudgeon that will have history buffs and readers of humor books in stitches. Full of lively quips, jabs, jaunts and put downs by and about notable figures, it covers all epochs of mostly Western history. Schnakenberg has collected more than 600 historical insults into this first collection of its kind.

"A German singer! I should as soon expect to get pleasure from the neighing of my horse."
- Alexander the Great

"Belgium is just a country invented by the British to annoy the French."
- Charles de Gaulle

"What can you do with a man who looks like a female llama surprised when bathing?"
- Winston Churchill on Charles de Gaulle

"Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

"Avoid all needle drugs - -the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."
- Abbie Hoffman

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User Review  - Elpaca - LibraryThing

I bought this book, then read the entire thing in the parking lot. Awkward for many people who happened by, as I laughed and nodded and said "seriously!" in an empty vehicle. I would recommend this to any student of history primarily, but also for anyone who likes a good jab in the ribs. Read full review

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User Review  - fundevogel - LibraryThing

It's got some pretty good quotes and some pretty mediocre ones. Some people I had thought merited respect spat out some pretty baseless ad hominem attacks. John Adams called a lot of people names for ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Robert Schnakenberg is the author of several popular biographies, including the acclaimed Encyclopedia Shatnerica, the first A-Z guide to the life and career of William Shatner, and a frequent contributor to pop culture and reference publications such as Contemporary Authors, The Grolier Library of International Biographies, The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and Bowling, Beatnicks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of the 20th Century.

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