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The Onion Presents Our Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source [Hardcover]

Scott Dikkers , Maria Schneider , John Krewson


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25 Sep 2007
After more than three centuries in print, The Onion remains the world’s most popular news source, making sense of the world for more than four million readers a week. Our Dumb Century, first published in 1999, was The Onion’s first bound volume, and now, in this exceptionally packaged deluxe edition, it will be the crowning pinnacle of your Onion book collection. From the dawning of what President McKinley dubbed the bold new “Coal Age” on January 1, 1900, to the Christian Right’s miraculous ascension to heaven on January 1, 2000, Our Dumb Century chronicles the events that shaped the twentieth century and preserves them for posterity.

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  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY) (25 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393579
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never has history been more hilarious! 30 Nov 2007
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is simply genius comedy. Some of the best work The Onion has ever done. This is a must-own for all history buffs with a sense of humor. You really have to have a good grasp of history to fully appreciate all of the jokes, but just about anyone should be able to enjoy it on some level.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing I have ever read 25 Nov 2007
By Charles Throckmorton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book provides HOURS of entertainment. The page with the huge headline "MAN LANDS ON F%@!ING MOON" and accompanying transcript of the conversation between the lunar lander and ground control ["Lander: Holy Sh#t! I'm on the f#$%ing MOON!" Houston: "Holy S#@T!"] alone is worth the price of the book. But there are countless smaller nuggets, such as a small entry in one of the pages from the early 1900s: "German Philosopher Posits Possible Existence of 'Supermodels'".

Without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perefect Gift for Intelligent Friends of Any Political POV! 11 Feb 2008
By Mariah Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
God bless the Onion! Nothing and no one is sacred or left unscathed. I have given this to firends who are communists, democrats, republicans, evangelicals, etc. Anyone with a sense of humor and some knowledge of history will love this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but a bit tiresome 28 Jan 2009
By Robert Fately - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of The Onion for years, and enjoy their weekly newsletter as well as their daily one-minute podcasts. That said, I found this book to be less entertaining - sure there's ribald and sophomoric humor (a la the Harvard Lampoon and then National Lampoon of decades ago) but I guess I prefer my bon-mots in smaller doses.

Plenty clever, but not my first choice in humorous books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What would Jesus do? He would read this book. 16 Jan 2008
By Daniel Rush - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If the title for my review offends you then don't read this book. If not then the humor found in this book will entertain you for hours. I suggest purchasing the paperback for bathroom reading and the hardcover for your classier guests.
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