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Book Title: Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions|
The author of the book: Chris Regan
Edition: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780740768699
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You can't change the past, but with Mass Historia, Chris Regan has done a very fine job of making fun of it." --Stephen Colbert
The History Channel meets Comedy Central in this sidesplitting, quasi-historical almanac by Chris Regan, a five time Emmy award winning comedy writer and one of the coauthors of Jon Stewart's bestselling America (The Book).
Regan flips through our nation's historical calendar to offer up unknown, unrepentant, and often-unbelievable facts for every day of the year. Based on genuine, historical occurrences, Regan sets out to rewrite history with his unique satirical voice.
As Regan explains, "Enjoy this book, learn something from it, but do not reference it in any scholarly paper." Consider entries like June 12th, 1991: "Russians elect Boris Yeltsin president. Yeltsin suggests a toast to Democracy, wakes up shoeless on a bus eight years later." Or Regan's entry for May 15th, 1718: "A London Lawyer named James Puckle patents the world's first machine gun, because lawyering was not doing enough to crush the soul of mankind." The reader will also learn about the November 11th, 1918 birth of "Armistice Day, which was later changed to Veterans' Day, so that Americans could more easily pronounce what they annually ignored."
Full-color photographs, along with amusing sidebars, lists, and mock historical images aid in providing definitive answers to historical curiosities such as, "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?" or the similarities between music moguls Kevin Federline and Johann Sebastian Bach. Readers will even discover that Alexander G. Bell's famous cry of, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you," during the first telephone conversation was, in fact, the invention of the Booty Call.
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Read information about the authorChris Regan is a comedy writer who wrote for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for seven seasons, winning five Emmys and two Peabody Awards. He was one of the coauthors of the best-selling "America (The Book)" and his work has appeared in USA Today, The New Yorker, and New York magazine. He has also written for Comedy Central's "The Burn with Jeff Ross" and "The Jeselnik Offensive" with Anthony Jeselnik.
His books include the 2008 humor book, "Mass Historia: 365 Days of Historical Facts and (Mostly) Fictions," published by Andrews McMeel.
He was also the co-author of "Shatner Rules" with William Shatner, released in 2011.
"You can't change the past, but with Mass Historia, Chris Regan has done a very fine job of making fun of it."--Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
"For my money, Chris Regan is America's finest craftsman of funny sentences, sentences which start off interesting and amusing, coax laughs with pitch-perfect, snarky descriptors along the way, and then suddenly SLAM you with the unexpected, truly hilarious punch." --Adam Felber, author of Schrodinger's Ball and writer, Real Time with Bill Maher
"Anybody can make history. Only one man can write it. And only a greatly funny man like Chris Regan can make it worth reading. Sorry, Thucydides, but you can suck it!"--Mo Rocca, commentator, CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me
"'Mass Historia" is one-eleventh the length of Will and Ariel Durant's 'The Story of Civilization' with six times as many laughs. Maybe even seven times as many! There is no one I know who understands the weave and weft of that grand tapestry called history like Chris Regan does. That said, I'm really glad he wasted all that knowledge on this book, because it's hilarious."--Eric Drysdale, five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report
"Hilarious! Chris Regan is one of the smartest, funniest writers around, and 'Mass Historia' is almost big enough to hold everything inside that giant brain of his. Buy this book, read it, laugh your ass off, then take it back to your old high school and use it to smack your history teacher across the jaw."--Bob Powers, author of You Are A Miserable Excuse for a Hero and Happy Cruelty Day!
"Shatner Rules is a light, clever, witty book that is all about enjoying life from the perspective of a now eighty-year-old man with fascinating stories to tell… this is a great read.”—Portland Book Review
“The galaxy's most famous starship captain offers a mostly tongue-in-cheek guide to his rules for living, complete with anecdotes and life lessons. Eighty years old and still going strong with multiple TV shows, films, books and appearances…Shatner's lust for life shines through… Whatever the situation--be it an awkward dinner with Charlton Heston or a fight to the death with a wild boar—Shatner applies his rules as only he can…[his] fans will relish the opportunity to learn from the master.”—Kirkus Reviews