The Mental Floss History of the World by Erik Sass

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“An irreverent romp through history’s best bits,” The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent—yet always historically accurate—overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the same rebel geniuses who brought you Mental Floss presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. Updated with all the hot topics and events of the past few years, The Mental Floss History of the World is proof positive that just because something’s true doesn’t mean it’s boring.


About Erik Sass

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Erik Sass is a journalist who covers the media business.  When not writing for mental_floss, he reports on magazines, newspapers, radio, and billboard advertising for  An award-winning political journalist and history writer for more than three decades, Steve Wiegand has worked as a reporter and journalist for the San Diego Evening Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee, where he currently covers state government and politics.
Published October 16, 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 431 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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It’s like your own little time machine and made even better because it makes you snicker with glee that you are sitting in your fuzzy bathrobe drinking tea in a pretty darn good time period (and at the same time are extremely grateful for modern medicine, science, the printing press, cold cream, ...

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