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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes Hardcover – 23 Oct 2008

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846681097
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wholesome fun for all the family. (Christopher Hitchens)

Small, witty, and delightful...a worthy successor to Harry Frankfurt's brilliant On Bullshit. (Simon Blackburn The New York Sun)

Explodes the myth that the high and low brow are more than a couple of inches apart....Seriously funny stuff. (Colin McGinn, author of The Making of a Philosopher)

Fast-moving, idiosyncratic...a stocking-stuffer. (The New York Times Book Review)

Finally, I understand what it is I've been laughing at for all these years. (Jimmy Kimmel)

Jim Holt manages here to be deadly serious and perfectly hilarious at the same time. (Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the US)

This excellent little book will be my Christmas present (Guy Browning)

Viewed through Holt's complex, concise lens, the joke comes off as a contender for humankind's most profound mode of expression. (Elle)

Holt...takes in so much about the history and philosophy of joke-telling in his concise and amiable conspectus of the subject. (The Wall Street Journal)

Jim Holt riffs in Stop Me If You've Heard This. (Vanity Fair)

Book Description

Why do we laugh? Where do jokes come from? And have we always laughed at the same things? In this unique, witty and fascinating little book of history and philosophy, Jim Holt reveals all - and throws in the best jokes from the past 2,000 years.

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