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- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 12mm | 358g
- Publication date: 20 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0062076183
- ISBN 13: 9780062076182
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 17,354
In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses" on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been liked by over 170,000 Facebook users. In "The History of the World According to Facebook", Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a status update about taking the missus to the theater on April 15, 1865 and Ben Franklin had done the same alerting his network that he'd signed the Declaration of Independence (Bring it, replied John Adams). Filled with hundreds of real-life historical figures and thousands of not-at-all-real Facebook statuses, comments, and actions, and parodying Facebook users' proclivity to over-share and use lazy jargon (lol, rofl, fml, etc.), this is the definitive humor book for our generation.
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Wylie Overstreet, 26, has worked for Architectural Digest and GOOD Magazine, and has written satire for the website CoolMaterial.com. He lives in Los Angeles.
"I think Abraham Lincoln would find this book funny. Right after he decided Facebook was a huge waste of time."--Justin Halpern, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Sh*t My Dad Says