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Comic History of the United States [Paperback]

Bill Nye
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2 May 2013
Facts in a nude state are not liable criminally, any more than bright and beautiful children commit a felony by being born thus; but it is the solemn duty of those having these children in charge to put appropriate, healthful, and even attractive apparel upon them at the earliest possible moment. It is thus with facts. They are the frame-work of history, not the drapery. They are like the cold, hard, dishevelled, damp, and uncomfortable body under the knife of the demonstrator, not the bright and bounding boy, clothed in graceful garments and filled to every tingling capillary with a soul. We, each of us, the artist and the author, respect facts. We have never, either of us, said an unkind word regarding facts. But we believe that they should not be placed before the public exactly as they were born. We want to see them embellished and beautified. That is why this history is written. Certain facts have come into the possession of the artist and author of this book regarding the history of the Republic down to the present day. We find, upon looking over the records and documents on file in the various archives of state and nation, that they are absolutely beyond question, and it is our object to give these truthfully. These rough and untidy, but impregnable truths, dressed in the sweet persuasive language of the author, and fluted, embossed, embroidered, and embellished by the skilful hand of the artist, are now before you. History is but the record of the public and official acts of human beings. It is our object, therefore, to humanize our history and deal with people past and present; people who ate and possibly drank; people who were born, flourished, and died; not grave tragedians, posing perpetually for their photographs. If we succeed in this way, and administer historical truth in the smooth capsule of the cartoonist and the commentator, we are content. If not, we know whose fault it will be, but will not get mad and swear about it.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484863186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484863183
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,161,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather lacking in the humour side of things 4 May 2013
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I have read around 60% so far and find it rather hard going. Lots of facts and little bits of humour here and there, but isn't a book that I can read much of at a time. Perhaps as we get into the 20th century it may have more appeal, but the book is rather boring up to 1844.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History Lover's Cheer 5 Mar 2012
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone with an understanding of US history and a decent sense of humor will find it very difficult to not inwardly chuckle and at times to actually laugh out loud!

The take on the foibles of the early discoverers (whose success was lasting as what the discovered tended to stay that way) to the founding of the US republic and beyond are filled with details upon which lightness of thought caused more than a nodding smile of approval!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 21 July 2012
By Jetpack - Published on Amazon.com
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As a history buff with at least some sense of humor, I had high hopes for this. The free Kindle edition is 2,622 locations long.

Unfortunately, I didn't find myself chuckling. I'm sure the humor would have worked better in past years. At this point, it was just boring and not funny.

Still, as the two 4 star reviews show, this might be your cup of tea, and it's free, so give it a shot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wasted of time 20 Jun 2013
By Old Pageturner - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a portion.....tried a different portion.....and yet another.....and dumped it. Read REAL history, this one is a waste of time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly. 10 Jun 2013
By writer/reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Clumsy, Trivial and poorly written. A waste of time. I can't understand what the purpose was. I was very dissapointed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i was expecting 8 Jan 2014
By John Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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Thought it was bill nye the science guy, but it is an older author who just so happens to have a nick name bill and last name Nye, but I guess in the end its my own fault for not doing the research.
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