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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reprint edition (5 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221655
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliantly funny look at the tumultuous recent past from the Pulitzer Prize?winning humorist. Remember when everything was going to go to hell when Y2K struck? That didn't happen. Right? But what did happen? To provide a little pers

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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Dave Barry, I fear, has lost his edge 20 Sept. 2007
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dave Barry used to be hilarious. His comic novel "Big Trouble" is classic as are many of his columns. But maybe he's getting old. Maybe he's become jaded. One thing he has become is less funny.

"History" is a dud, in my opinion. It's just not funny.

Barry tries - and fails.

He gives us a capsule view of the years 1000 - 1999 and falls flat on his face with unfunny lines like "[Genghis] Khan and his descendants created a vast empire that ultimately encompassed all of Asia, Asia Minor, Asia Minor Phase II, and the Shoppes at Asia Minor Plaza." You might find it a gut-buster: I don't.

Barry goes on to cover the first six years of the new century. But the absurd wit and word play that marked his one-time column are missing.

For example: "In aviation news, SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded manned rocket, breaks free from its mother plane, soars sixty-two miles above the Earth, swoops gracefully back to Earth, rolls to a stop on the Mojave Desert, and files for bankruptcy." If there's fun, a joke, lurking in that line, I missed it.

Barry rides - to death - the Palm Beach voting fiasco of 2000. It doesn't work.

I hate to say it, but this is a Dave Barry book that didn't strike me as funny. Hopefully it's a one of a kind thing, like maybe the product of contract he's trying to get out of or something. Dave Barry's humor has brightened too many of my days to contemplate his losing his talent. Say it isn't so, Dave.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat Humorous History 21 Nov. 2007
By Loyd E. Eskildson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dave begins by covering the first millennium, starting with the Y1K problem that caused parchment to malfunction by turning many words inside out. Then its the Chinese rise to power in 1083 (after stealing the plans for the cherry bomb and bottle rocket from the Los Alamos National Laboratory), the bubonic plague (not covered by HMOs), and the English mathematician Charles Babbage inventing the forerunner of today's computers in 1834 - he died in 1871, still waiting for Technical Support.

Eventually we arrive at Y2K to find all the experts wrong (electricity did not go out, planes didn't crash, and renegade ATMs did not roam the streets). Later in the year scientists found the only boy in the U.S. not being treated for ADHD. Etc., etc.

Barry's book is surprising detailed as far as the number of important events covered goes, even reporting V.P. Cheney's hunting accident and ending with NYPD surrounding a Burger King and firing 37 bullets into a man carrying a concealed Whopper with banned "trans-fat."

I'm assuming we'll be getting updates as the new millennium marches on.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Being funny is hard work 4 Oct. 2007
By C. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the DJ: "No matter what challenges we face as a species- no matter what hurdles are placed in our way- somehow we always find a way, even in the darkest hour, to make things worse. It's a miracle, really. You read about the events of one year and you think, 'There's no possible way that human beings can get any stupider than that.' Then you read what we did the next year, and darned if we didn't pull it off!" Now, that's funny! Maybe you can imagine the media, school books, and your preacher are full of lies. Well, so is this book, but Dave Barry is supposed to be funny. It's not that Dave does not have a few hilarious "gotchas," but, for the most part, the book is a one trick pony. I am not making this up. Humor is hard work. But, hey, watch some Fox news and, then read a chapter. Maybe then you will laugh. The bottom line is: You will not laugh your socks off, but you will encounter some above average satire. As the author says: "Enjoy.."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Downgraded by Homeland InSecurity from Hysterically Funny (Pink) to Merely Humorous (Dark Mauve) 12 Dec. 2007
By Frederick S. Goethel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I don't believe that this is Dave Barry's best book, it's not all that terrible, either. He does do a good job of "reviewing" the major news items and poking fun at them. And the years 2000 through 2006 were laden with material for a guy like Barry, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.

The first chapter is the worst, where he goes over the history of the world up to the year 2000. That chapter was not particularly funny, and I almost gave up on the book before finishing the chapter. After the first chapter, however, Barry seemed to get into his old groove and turn out material that was, at the least, humorous. This book isn't good for a laugh a page, but is good for a few chuckles a chapter.

I don't get Barry's column here in California, so I will have to rely on the other reviewers that this is a compilation of his columns. If you are a regular reader in the paper, you might find it objectionable to pay for getting the same material a second time.

Read it, enjoy it, and do what Barry does best. Don't take anything to seriously, including this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By NatashaR. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a Dave Barry fan, but, like some other reviewers, just could not get into the humor when I first picked up the book...and put it away unfinished. Then I recently received as a gift the Audio version, which is unabridged and read by Patrick Frederic...AND LOVED IT. I have a 2 hour commute to work and listened to it then---and the other commuters must have thought I was some kind of escaped lunatic---I was screaming with laughter! For some reason, Patrick Frederic's delivery of the lines is so much funnier than my reading of the lines in my head. My 2 hr. commute flew by...I was actually wishing it was longer!!
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