Ignorance Is Blitz: Mangled Moments of History from Actual College Students

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Workman Publishing, 2008 - Humor - 155 pages
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Now in chunky format, the funniest book ever written about the history of Western Civilization. Originally published under the titleNon Campus Mentis, this book made four national bestseller lists—The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, andBookSense; has 200,000 copies in print; and garnered praise from across the country: "Glorious . . . equal-opportunity idiocy for every era."—Philadelphia Enquirer. "A horrifically hilarious compendium . . . knitting together errors, assumptions, and creative fact-making that are shocking and hysterical."—Associated Press. "You'll laugh until you cry, shedding tears for the state of American education."—Baltimore Sun.

Compiled by Professor Anders Henriksson from the term papers and blue book exams of students who clearly made it to college before the advent of "No Child Left Behind,"Ignorance Is Blitz is unput-downable. You won't believe what you just read, and won't want to wait to see what's coming next, from the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Contraption to Pericles' greatest erection, the Parthenonon to Custard's Last Stand to Hitler shooting himself in the Bonker and Martin Luther King's ground-breaking speech, "If I Had a Hammer." And who knew: Caesar was assassinated on the Yikes of March, when he is reported to have said, "Me too, Brutus." Rasputin was a pheasant by birth. Victims of the black plague grew boobs on their neck. Judyism had one big God named Yahoo. Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for inventing the radiator. And "During the Dark Ages, it was mostly dark."

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I've wasted my life - shoulda been a history teacher. This little collection of quotes from student blue book essays may be the best bathroom reader ever! Until yesterday I had been unaware that the ... Read full review

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wonderful! You cant make this stuff up!

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About the author (2008)

Anders Henriksson is a professor of history at Shepherd College in West Virginia. His pieces on college student bloopers have been published in Harper's Magazine and the Wilson Quarterly, and he is a repeat guest on National Public Radio. He lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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