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The United States Of Absurdity : Untold Stories from American History - Dave Anthony

The United States Of Absurdity

Untold Stories from American History

Hardcover

Published: 9th May 2017
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Discover illustrated profiles of the weird, outrageous (and true!) tales from American history that don't appear in school textbooks.

From the creators of the comedy/history podcast The Dollop, The United States of Absurdity presents short, informative, and hilarious stories of the most outlandish (but true) people, events, and more from United States history. Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds cover the weird stories you didn't learn in history class, such as 10-Cent Beer Night, the Jackson Cheese, and the Kentucky Meat Shower, each accompanied by a full-page illustration that brings these historical "milestones" to life in full-color.

Adding to the giftable history/comedy package, each story is accompanied by tongue-in-cheek trivia and timelines that help place the stories in context with the more well-known historical events that occurred around them.

About the Author

Dave Anthony is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster. Beside co-hosting The Dollop, he's been seen as a stand up on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show, and on Comedy Central. He is a writer/actor on Maron on IFC. In 2015, he was named Comedian to Watch by L.A. Weekly.

Gareth Reynolds is a writer/comedian who has written for shows on Comedy Central, Fox, TBS, and MTV. He has executive produced shows like MTV's Failosophy and the Travel Channel's Mancations.

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner

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    Comments about United States of Absurdity:

    Great read and then coffee table book that people don't want to put down

     
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      Comments about United States of Absurdity:

      This book is very entertaining. I'm already a fan of the podcast The Dollop, so I knew what to expect (surprising / hilarious / unbelievable people and stories in America's history), and I was already familiar with a lot of the stories, but it was still really fun to go back over the stories and discover new ones as well. It sort of acts like a 'best of' summary of the podcast stories.

      The presentation is great, with really nice illustrations.

      It's a short book, very easy to read, but it gets across everything it needs to.

      Would be great as a gift, and is especially fun to read together with friends.

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      "The United States of Absurdity, a new book from the hosts of the American history podcast The Dollop, couldn't have picked a better time to arrive. Think of it as A People's History of the United States for the slightly lazy."--NPR.org

      "If my history teachers in high school had been half as smart and one-tenth as entertaining as Dave and Gareth, I could probably tell you who fought in the Spanish-American War today."--Josh Olson, Oscar-nominated screenwriter for A History of Violence

      "This book, just like The Dollop, will teach you things you'll wish you had learned in history class. I dare you not to be equal parts fascinated, horrified, and in stitches." --Al Madrigal, actor and comedian, The Daily Show"Dave and Gareth have created an amazing record of historical eccentricities which, while hysterically informative, has thus far only been available for your ears. This book will take The Dollop into the uncharted territory of your eyes. And hopefully, if my many requests are heeded--there will be a scented version." --Chris Hardwick, @midnight and Talking Dead

      "The United States of Absurdity is so funny that it makes me want to kidnap Dave and Gareth, keep them in a basement, and then live out their identities as my own...which would still not be the weirdest story in this book." --Wil Anderson, stand-up comedian, television host, writer, and podcaster

      "Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds could make anything funny. This book is proof. Good thing they decided to use their powers for good to educate the masses with the lessons we can learn from history. Even the parts of history that make us vomit in our mouths a little."--Ronny Chieng, stand-up comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

      ISBN: 9780399578755
      ISBN-10: 0399578757
      Audience: General
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 144
      Published: 9th May 2017
      Publisher: TEN SPEED PR
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 17.3  x 1.6
      Weight (kg): 0.46