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Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)

Dave Barry

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Description

A brilliantly funny look at the tumultuous recent past from the Pulitzer Prize?winning humorist.

Remember when everything was going to go to hell when Y2K struck?

That didn?t happen. Right?

But what did happen? To provide a little perspective on a really messed-up millennium (so far), the one and only Dave Barry slips into his historian?s robe (it?s plush terrycloth) and revisits the defining moments in our country?s recent history?from the Bush years to?jeez, it?s still the Bush years! As an added bonus, Barry quickly?we?re busy here?tosses in the complete history of the last millennium, covering crucial turning points such as the invention of the pizza by Leonardo da Vinci and the computer by Charles Babbage (who died in 1871 still waiting to talk to tech support).

Fellow Americans, the time has come to bone up with Barry as he puts the hysterical in history.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 28, 2007 – Although Barry retired his column in 2004, he continues to examine current events with his annual “Year in Review” surveys, and the ones he wrote between 2000 and 2006 are collected here. He opens with a 33-page outline of history (from 1000 to 1999) in which we learn that the first book Gutenberg mass produced in 1455 was Codpieces of Passion by Danielle Steel, and that computer pioneer Charles Babbage “died in 1871, still waiting to talk to someone from Technical Support.” In 2002, airline industry losses prompted “America West, in a cost-cutting measure, to eliminate the cockpit minibar”; 2003: Jayson Blair, leaving the New York Times “thoroughly disgraced, is forced to accept a six-figure book contract”; 2004: Abu Ghraib photos revealed “soldiers repeatedly forcing prisoners to look at the video of Janet Jackson's right nipple”; 2006: Osama bin Laden released “another audiotape, for the first time making it downloadable from iTunes.” As a time line of humor, some of Barry's jokes were probably funnier the year they were written, but it's still a breezy and entertaining read. The 32 clever cartoon illustrations brighten the book's pages.

Customer Reviews

As usual, funnier than Hell

I was very sad when Dave said he was done writing books because He was the only author that could make me laugh out loud. Silly, irreverent and often pointless, he is one of the funniest men alive. This book is priceless Dave Barry.

Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Humor
  • Published: Sep 17, 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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