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The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through… (utgåvan 2008)

av Erik Sass (Författare), Steve Wiegand (Författare), Editors of Mental Floss (Författare)

Serier: Mental Floss

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An account of human civilization, presented in the series' trademark irreverent style, features twelve accessible chapters that cover such topics as the Dark Ages, terrorism, and the unlikely namesake of the literary character Babar.
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Titel:The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
Författare:Erik Sass (Författare)
Andra författare:Steve Wiegand (Författare), Editors of Mental Floss (Författare)
Info:Harper (2008), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
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Enjoyable, the title says it all. Highly recommend for those that like to find their knowledge gained thru odd facts. You'll end up saying... a lot... "you don't say...". Excellent narrator ( )
  marshapetry | Oct 12, 2020 |
Not so good as a reference book, but a fun and surprisingly thorough overview of world history. There isn't as much about Africa as I would have liked, but they didn't have written records as early as the rest of the world, so it's kind of understandable that we know less about the ancient history of the people there. I liked the way the time periods had sections of bite-sized facts, like "who's up, who's down" and "so long, and thanks for all the...", to describe often vastly disparate topics and events. The world is a big place, after all. A lot of the larger events and movements I'd known about, but I picked up a whole bunch of great tidbits that I hadn't known. ( )
  melydia | Apr 14, 2016 |
THE MENTAL FLOSS HISTORY OF THE WORLD is chock-full of interesting nuggets of history that you probably never heard before. From 60,000 BCE to present day, Mental Floss brings you real history spiced with puns and sidebars of humorous character notes, origins of inventions, or quotes.
Each chapter covers a particular era. They begin with an overview, then a timeline, a description of what was happening in a few select places, a “Who’s Up, Who’s Down” score, a section on the good and bad inventions of the era, and finally a list of numbers, such as; 40: Average life expectancy, in years, of a citizen of the Roman Empire, and 93: Number of minutes it took to build a Model T in 1915.
Sometimes the ironies got to be a bit much, but I don’t think they detract from the overall satisfaction of this book. I learned some interesting facts such as how pretzels were invented. Any history fan will find this book enjoyable and I recommend it to all. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
Audiobook version, read by Johnny Heller. I suspect this book would have been much better in a regular book format, rather than on audio. The boring and repetitive lists of events at each chapter (?) start are probably laid out visually in such a way as to allow you to refer back during the meat of each section. Aside from that, it was still a light and entertaining overview of historical events, presented in a way that I wish my dusty old history teachers could have taught it. I was even mightily impressed with the narrator's ability to make coherent sounding sentences using the tongue-twisting names of ancient civilizations and foreign languages. Until the book hit the 1940's and I had to endure hearing "nucular" spoken over and over again. I subtracted a star for that alone, and I'm afraid I had to abandon the audiobook while it was in the home stretch. ( )
  PortM | Nov 30, 2013 |
Given to me by my son, I had no idea I would ever read this entire book....after all, it was history and history classes in school were SO boring. Although it took a while to read in bits & pieces, I did read the whole book and, for the most part, found Mental Floss' version of the history of the world to be very enjoyable. I learned a lot, probably more than I ever did in school. ( )
  PeggyK49 | Oct 29, 2012 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Erik Sassprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Wiegand, SteveFörfattarehuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hattikudur, MangeshBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Pearson, WillBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat

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