What does Miley Cyrus have in common with Sacagawea? How could
Steve Jobs have helped Eisenhower? What does the moon landing have
to do with the Hilton sisters?
In less time than it takes to recite the preamble to the
Constitution, most Americans can spout off all their U.S. history
knowledge. (Hint: it starts with "In 1492" and ends with "sailed
the ocean blue.") That's because most history books are as
interesting as the phone book-and have the same number of pages.
The average Joe (the guy who TiVo'd John Adams on HBO but won't
make Colonial Williamsburg his next vacation spot) needs a witty
and edgy history book-and he has it, with with this guide.
Hysterical authors-and self-described slackers-Don Stewart and John
Pfeifer give readers the bare minimum on important events such
- The Civil War (the war that pitted brother vs. brother-about
- The expedition of Lewis and Clark (the ultimate road trip)
- The Boston Tea Party (not much of a party unless that tea was
from Long Island)
- The assassination of JFK (one vacation that ended particularly
Combining current pop culture references and accessible historical
information, this satirical book catches readers up on what they
slept through in History 101.