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

Paperback | October 27, 2009

byErik Sass

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“An irreverent romp through history’s best bits,” The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent—yet always historically accurate—overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the same rebel geniuses who brought you Mental Floss presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. Updated with all the hot topics and events of the past few years, The Mental Floss History of the World is proof positive that just because something’s true doesn’t mean it’s boring.<_o3a_p>

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“An irreverent romp through history’s best bits,” The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent—yet always historically accurate—overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the sa...

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Pop quiz! Who said what about history?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 the answer need not be ...

Erik Sass is a journalist based in Los Angeles with branch offices around the country. When not writing for mental_floss, he reports on the media and advertising business for MediaPost.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.08 inPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061842672

ISBN - 13:9780061842672

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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.”