1492 and All That: A Fool's History of the USA

Rated 4.95/5 based on 20 reviews
The "fool" of the title is the inept narrator, who takes us on a warm but clueless tour of US history. He stops briefly to visit American culture, the American mind and various problems he claims to solve but fails even to illuminate. Presidents get harpooned along with both parties. Yet the view is ever rosy, including a glimpse of endless prosperity that "only Yankee Doodle dares dream of."
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About Richard Minadeo

Education: BA Syracuse University 1951
MS University of Wisconsin 1956
PhD University of Wisconsin 1965

Profession: Wayne State University Professor of
Classics 1961-1996

Publications: The Lyre of Science 1969, nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize by the Wayne
State University Press

The Golden Plectrum 1982

The Thematic Sophocles 1994

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Sarah Lynwood reviewed on Sep. 5, 2018

Very funny I thought, reminds me of another few satire / humor authors I like on Smashwords, Richard Batchelor and Mikey Lee Ray. Found this very easy to read and enjoyable.
(review of free book)
Victor Luba reviewed on Aug. 26, 2015

Keep up the good work.
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Rip Adamson reviewed on Dec. 21, 2011

Ben Franklin would have loved this little book, as would Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, James Thurber, H. L. Mencken, George Carlin and the Moron Tabernacle Choir.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
maestrocc2 reviewed on Aug. 22, 2011

a masterpiece!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
chris Panagos reviewed on Aug. 8, 2011
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Congradulations on a job well done. Hilarious depiction of historical events. Very fun reading.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
chris Panagos reviewed on Aug. 8, 2011
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A 5 Star rating..passed it around the office..Very entertaining! A must read for history buffs and the novice alike. The entire office highly recommends it.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
chris Panagos reviewed on Aug. 8, 2011
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Great book! Entertaining and full of information! Couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
sirena reviewed on April 4, 2011

This gem definitely needs to be available in hard cover so that it can be picked up and read at any time. There is always a new, masterfully crafted pun or malaprop to be discovered, like the Moron Trail, the Boston Mandolins and kissing under the middletoe at Christmastide!
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
Inkiddu reviewed on April 4, 2011

A hilarious romp through USA history, starting with Columbus' non-discovery and Punchy de Leon, stopping by to view Chief Powerhat, the marriage of Pocahontas and Hiawatha, the Frequent Fliers, the Bundling Criminals, John and Albatross Adams, the sexual dysfunctionals known as "Minutemen," the Enemas of America, "Remember the Lithuania!," The Greasy Moll, Baroque Alabama and much, much more! Great for US history buffs, aficionados of "1066 and All That," lovers of puns and malaprops and anyone who needs a good belly-laugh. You actually get 499 laughs and pay only a penny per laugh. Only $4.99!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Amy Thomas reviewed on March 30, 2011

Witty, funny, zany and delightful - congrats on a great read!!
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)
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