The Mental Floss History of the World

The Mental Floss History of the World : An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

By (author) Erik Sass , By (author) Steve Wiegand , With Will Pearson , With Mangesh Hattikudur


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History is . . . (a) more or less bunk.(b) a nightmare from which I am trying to awaken.(c) as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.Match your answers: (1) Stephen Daedalus of James Joyce's Ulysses(2) Henry Ford(3) Arthur SchopenhauerIt turns out that answer need not be bunk, nightmarish, or diseased. In the hands of mental_floss, history's most interesting bits have been handpicked and roasted to perfection. Packed with little-known stories and outrageous--but accurate--facts, you'll laugh yourself smarter on this joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. Remember: just because it's true, doesn't mean it's boring!

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • 09 Jan 2009
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York
  • English
  • black & white line drawings
  • 0060784776
  • 9780060784775
  • 747,977

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"[A]n admirable job of covering 60,000 years of human history in one volume. Along with the names of people and places, the dates and statistics, the wars, disasters, revelations, and accomplishments, there are fascinating stories, hilarious oddities, and plenty of fun....[A] wealth of information."--School Library Journal

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