- The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization’s Best Bits
- The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
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The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization’s Best Bits
The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization's Best Bits
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Erik Sass is a journalist based in Los Angeles with branch offices around the country. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart. Age of the child I gave this to:. Hours of Play:. Whether that simplicity comes from a gadget or something else is largely irrelevant, the importance is that it makes our life easier. If you're of the unlucky stock who live in an area void of Trader Joe's, promptly pack up your life and move elsewhere, your life can't possibly be simple enough living away from such a staple of city dwelling.
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But it is irreverent only to the extent that including looks at the history and development of the pretzel, gin, or condoms as among "civilization's best bits" is considered irreverence. While the digressions may be somewhat more interesting or entertaining than the content of standard works of history, the fact remains that most of the book is, of necessity, a recounting of dates, empires, wars, and personalities. History for Dummies do a commendable job telling civilization's story.
Moreover, they take the focus beyond "Western" civilization to freely incorporate Indian, African, South American, and Asian history. While the reader might question some of the detours they take one of the lengthiest sidebars deals with the various wars in the Mediterranean from roughly BCE to BCE , they have accomplished the unenviable task of producing a generally well written one volume history of the world. Ultimately, though, The Mental Floss History of the World best serves as a incidental diversion for those who aren't quite history buffs, a Reader's Digest -type reference on broader historical topics or an excellent bathroom reader.
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It will not, though, make history's list of the most entertaining romps through world history, irreverent or not. Tags books History Humor Reference. Four different perspectives on what it means, and what it takes, to be a writer were provided at the FEEcon Writers Panel presented by the Foundation for Economic Education.