Distory : A Treasury of Historical Insults


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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. Included: "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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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129.5 x 182.9 x 22.9mm | 204.12g
  • St. Martin's Press
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0312326718
  • 9780312326715
  • 1,651,566

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"Distory" goes beyond traditional rhetoric to offer a tart collection of historical quotes. A bitter, tasty treat.--Sterling Johnson, author of English As A Second F*cking Language

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About Robert Schnakenberg

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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