- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Dec. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345416600
- ISBN-13: 978-0345416605
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1997
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"I fear that Mr. Barry's dream of making millions of dollars through mass sales of his book to a captive audience of innocent schoolchildren will not be realized, and he will have to be content with making readers laugh a lot, as this one did".
-- The New York Times Book Review
From the Inside Flap
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 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 more!
Top Customer Reviews
What makes it even better is if you know the history and can pick up on the more subtle references that he makes. I've read this book probably six times, and each time I pick up on something new -- and hilarious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our history teacher is reading this book to us as we go along through the U.S.'s history. It's side splitting, laugh your head off, funny ! Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 1998
Dave Barry Turns 40 seems to have been a bigger hit, especially with critics, but his take on American history has always been my favorite of his works. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 1998
Dave Barry is a great humorist, and I've read about 8 of his books so far, but this one was by far the worst. Read morePublished on 13 April 1998
Dave Barry gives such hallarious accunts into history as his wording of the Monroe Doctrine: "1. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 1998