Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States

Dave Barry Slept Here A Sort of History of the United States If you love to laugh if you love your country if you are unaware that the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid

  • Title: Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States
  • Author: Dave Barry
  • ISBN: 9780345416605
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty, Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you Every single momentous event and crucial movement is covered, including The Birthing Contractions of a NaIf you love to laugh, if you love your country, if you are unaware that the Sixth Amendment states that if you are accused of a crime, you have the right to a trial before a jury of people too stupid to get out of jury duty, Dave Barry Slept Here is the book for you Every single momentous event and crucial movement is covered, including The Birthing Contractions of a Nation Kicking Some British Butt The Forging of a Large, Wasteful Bureaucracy The Civil War A Nation Pokes Itself in the Eyeball The Fifties Peace, Prosperity, Brain Death The Reagan Bush Years Napping Toward Glory And much

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    1. Dude! This book BLEW MY MIND in sixth grade. I remember trying to eat dinner but not being able to put it down because I was cracking up so hard. There were jokes like: "Something something about buffalo, or bison*, among the planes*Or, buffalo."Fuckin amazing. I only bring this up because, in an effort to make american history easier, he consolidated every date to October 8th. Which is today! (And also because I just read the Wordy Shipmates, which is another kind of funny US history book.)

    2. I think I may have read this, but not entirely sure.Even after starting, I'm not sure if I've read.OK, STILL not sure, but I always forget how funny Dave Barry is. Here's the thing - there's a big difference between stand-up comedy and funny writing, and that's why books by funny people often fall flat. Barry is a funny writer, so he works best on the page. Should you read it? Self test:1. Do you find this funny? "In the words of the famous folksinger Woody Guthrie: This land is your land,This l [...]

    3. Sometimes you just need a palate cleanser. Something to make you smile, that requires a minimum of thought for a maximum of entertainment. This is a dangerous thing to look for; it's all too easy to find oneself wading through a sea of dross, looking for funny but just finding silly, childish nonsense of a mediocre caliber.The nice thing about Dave Barry is that he is silly childish nonsense of the highest caliber.My family has been Barry fans for a long time running. When I was a kid, the new D [...]

    4. This Dave Barry book, titled "Dave Barry Slept Here" was quite funny. I very much enjoyed the booger joke on page 37. Numerous parts, including theuhhrt about George Washington were especially funny! I laughed aloud! Haha!At the end of the book I was left with the sense that, although I'd just been entertained for an hour and a half, that I'd basically been doing the literary equivalent of shoving peeps up my nose. Peeps the candy, not the slang word for acquaintances.Dave Barry is almost as fun [...]

    5. I bought this as a gift for my history-loving father, and could not put it down. So hilarious and ridiculous and laugh-out-loud entertaining. After my dad read it, I managed to permanently "borrow" it from him. The opening pages are so funny and wonderful, I used to read them to my 12th-grade students in a British Lit. course. What a blast. From time to time, I still find myself telling people about this book--particularly the fact that every date in the book is October 13 (or whatever it is--be [...]

    6. One of those books that wait a minute perhaps their isn't any other book like this. Not a single page went by where I didn't laugh out loud. (No seriously. People beside me in the train might have thought of me as mentally deranged.)Wish all history books were like this!

    7. Dave Barry says in this book that it is intended as an alternative to "the boring method," i.e. the system used to teach history in schools today. He accomplishes this by only covering the interesting (and often fictional) parts of history, skipping over the long, boring facts that fill most history textbooks. His dates are all simplified to October 8 for easy memorization, in order to "not waste brain cells on trivial details such as when events actually occurred." This edition of the book was [...]

    8. I love Dave Barry's columns, and I think I would love this book if I read it in column-sized chunks. But the constant barrage of chapter after chapter became a little bit like riding a school bus with a kid who has just learned all the words to a camp song about poop.

    9. Dear Dave,What happened here then?Last time we met - in Hobbs, NM, if I remember right - you made me laugh so hard, I could hardly breathe. So what's with the half-hearted attempt at an alternative history? I get that there are episodes that are left out of the US history books, but why did you need to write about the ones that were left out because they just aren't interesting. Could you not have chosen to present the ones that have an air of controversy about them? What happened to Dave, the j [...]

    10. Um, I don't think that I have ever laughed so hard in my life. I read a lot of fiction, so this was out of the ordinary for me. If you aren't familiar with Dave Barry, he is a humor columnist (or whatever you call them) for newspapers around the country and he has written a lot of hilarious books. This one and his Book of Bad Songs are my favorites. You don't have to be into history to enjoy this book fact, it's probably better if you aren't. :) He doen't make a big point of being accurate. Dave [...]

    11. This book STILL makes me laugh so hard I cry after all these years. I honestly get hysterical. It's just the right mix of almost-fact, partial fiction and outright silliness that just gets to me. Dave's take on American history is one I could have used in junior high- that's for sure! With chapters like "The Civil War: A Nation Pokes Itself in the Eyeball" and "The Reagan-Bush Years: Napping Toward Glory", you can tell the tone of the book, I think. If not, here's a quote from Chapter 2, "Spain [...]

    12. It's standard Barry - some of the jokes are actually quite spectacularly good, but most of them are eh.Still a worthwhile read, and short enough to end before it starts getting really annoying.For instance, here are some discussion questions from the end of Chapter 7 (and also some of the best one-liners in the book):DISCUSSION QUESTIONS1) How come history books never have sex scenes? You know, like "James Madison, unable to restrain his passion any longer, thrust his ink-engorged pen into the s [...]

    13. Leslie Nielsen needs to still be alive to read this book into audio format.This book is funny, but here's the thing. You know how the Airplane! movies are hilarious? As are the Naked Gun and Hot Shots films? Have you ever tried to sit down and watch all of them straight through? It's the equivalent of snorting powdered glass while staring into the sun with a pair of binoculars. This book is the same way. Read 2-3 pages (or, rarely, even a full chapter) at a time, it's darned hilarious. But, if, [...]

    14. I was looking for a quick humorous piece, and this fit the bill. I don't follow his columns that much but I knew that Barry wrote some funny stuff. This book is an irreverent review of the history of the US , while also taking a shot at the fact that many Americans do not know our history. Worth the effort.

    15. I last read this book back in grade school, and decided after a long spell to pick it up again and see if it was still as funny as I remembered it. The verdict: Still as amusing as before. Of note, the discussions about Donald Trump, who back in the late 1980s/early 1990s was merely a real estate mogul and not the president of the United States, are quite enlightening, as Barry joked about the power that Trump didn't quite have (but now, actually kinda/sorta does). The way that the book addresse [...]

    16. I picked this up from a Little Free Library on a walk with my dogs this morning. Apparently I just don't share Dave Barry's humor. I usually give books at least 50 pages to grab me but I can't even make it that far into this, barely pushing myself to continue to page 30 of this short book. I'll be dropping it back at the LFL on tomorrow's walk where it will hopefully find a reader who is a better fit for this humor.

    17. A silly look at American history. Some funny bits here but it gets a bit repetitive after awhile.

    18. Funny but not nearly so much as some of his other books. Quick read of course but just not the biting humor I expected.

    19. A book for those who love the U.S. and/or love humor. The only problem with the book is that it was not written after Donald Trump had been elected (though he is mentioned in the book). Enjoy!

    20. *5+++ Stars**The Gush*Let me say first off that I don't read Dave Barry. I think I've read a total of 15 from his Cyberspace book and this. I don't actually get into his humor that much. This, however, is brilliant. When I first read this, I was like, "where has this been all my life!?" As a History major and lover of American history particularly (also British, WWI, and WWII, but that's neither here nor there), I knew exactly what he was talking about nearly all the time. That is the key to thi [...]

    21. This book is amusing but if you don't know your history you will miss many of the jokes. Also, I do wonder how many people will read it and believe everything.

    22. iandbooks.wordpress/This is one of the craziest books I have ever read. Dave Barry is an American author and satirist. His humor and satire is really over the top. If he gets after somebody then God help that person or country. I have read some of his books earlier but “Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of The United States” is really unbelievable. In this book the author has written about his own take on the history of United States and made it so crazy that you end up laughing all t [...]

    23. Originally read: 09/10/1999, reread: 03/07/2016Update: Interesting to read again many years older (14 vs. 31), and after plenty of education in feminism, race & gender studies, and Latin American studies in college. I cranked through it this time, and think I only had one real laugh out loud moment - whereas when I took Dave Barry books to concerts as a young teen, we had to sit in the back row because I was laughing so much :)Reading a lot of it, I remembered the jokes I'd laughed at 16 yea [...]

    24. I read this years ago and recently stumbled on a copy, so re-read it. It's short, and I do recommend reading it again or for the first time. The last couple of chapters will make you wonder if Dave Barry is psychic.

    25. I absolutely adore this book. In the summer before 11th grade, my AP US History teacher sent home a biiiiig packet full of summer reading that we were going to be tested on every day for the first week or two of school. It was daunting and horrifyinguntil I realized that a lot of it was made up of a print-out of this book. (We still had like 10 chapters to read from our book, so the assignment was still horrifying and daunting, but this made it a lot better.) Dave Barry is a brilliant columnist [...]

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