By Don Stewart, John Pfeiffer
What does Miley Cyrus have in universal with Sacagawea? How may possibly Steve Jobs have helped Eisenhower? What does the moon touchdown need to do with the Hilton sisters?In much less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the structure, so much american citizens can spout off all their U.S. historical past wisdom. (Hint: it begins with ?In 1492? and ends with ?sailed the sea blue.?) That?s simply because such a lot heritage books are as fascinating because the telephone book?and have an analogous variety of pages. the typical Joe (the man who TiVo?d John Adams on HBO yet won?t make Colonial Williamsburg his subsequent destination) wishes a witty and edgy heritage book?and he has it, with with this advisor. Hysterical authors?and self-described slackers?Don Stewart and John Pfeifer supply readers the naked minimal on very important occasions such as:The Civil battle (the conflict that pitted brother vs. brother?about the bruthas)The day trip of Lewis and Clark (the final street trip)The Boston Tea celebration (not a lot of a celebration except that tea was once from lengthy Island)The assassination of JFK (one holiday that ended relatively badly) Combining present popular culture references and obtainable old info, this satirical ebook catches readers up on what they slept via in background one hundred and one.
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Is it any wonder no one is getting a hard-on for history at Harvard? Unfortunately, this is the type of philosophy that is embedded in nearly every book ever published about American history. As a result, it is not only the students of Harvard who can't seem to get it stiff for history, but also the rest of the country. People who write about history tend to take the subject matter and themselves way too seriously. The stuffy history professor with a half dozen initials after his name who is popping double stacks of Viagra between lectures is not qualified to write a book like this.
To my in-laws Bob and Blair, thank you for all of the times you have gone above and beyond to show your support to me. It is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten. To Meredith O'Hayre of Adams Media, thanks for all of your hard work and enthusiasm for this project. John and I are fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you on this book. To Steve Harris of CSG Literary Partners, LLC for representing this book. You took a chance on us and we are grateful that you did. And finally, thank you to the rest of my family and friends.
We were sitting in a dark room with lit candles, and as the scent of “ocean boardwalk” collided with “summer linen,” a power from another world instructed us to write about the Salem Witch trials. Spooky, no? Massachusetts has a lot to brag about when it comes to finding witches and people who don't root for the Red Sox. BETWEEN THE YEARS 1692 AND 1693, MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA FOR PRACTICING WITCHCRAFT AND POSSIBLY BEING YANKEE FANS. The initial outbreak was in 1692 when a group of young girls called the “Circle Girls” got together to discuss icky boys and Pilgrim fashion trends.
The Slacker's Guide to U.S. History: The Bare Minimum on Discovering America, the Boston Tea Party, the California Gold Rush, and Lots of Other Stuff Dead White Guys Did by Don Stewart, John Pfeiffer