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Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   "Wethe people." These three words have shaped America's history ever since theywere written on that parchment. Of course, we all know this very famous document.(At least I hope so.) History is a wonderful subject, but it can get boring.There are all those dates to know, people to remember, and other stuff that we'llforget after we take that big test. But there is a solution to this problem! DaveBarry's Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States explainsour nation's history in an extremely humorous way.

Barry gives readers anew view of history. He sets up the book to look like a history text, completewith discussion questions. Every captivating event in our history is in the 21chapters, including: The Birthing Contractions of a Nation; Kick-ing Some BritishButt; and The Forging of a Large, Wasteful Bureaucracy. Each chapter containsflashy diagrams, interesting footnotes, and thought-provoking discussionquestions which inevitably lead to smiles and unexpected outbreaks oflaughter.

Barry gives the reader his own comedic interpretation of theevents that shaped our country, and even helps interpret such confusing documents as the Constitution and the Treaty of Ghent. He also gives a commentary on eachpresident, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

Dave Barry Slept Here:A Sort of History of the United States is the funniest book I have ever read.Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. This is not just for someone wholikes to read about our history, but anyone who enjoys humor. I recommend thisbook for its creative style. Barry has done an exceptional job, and I promise youthat by its end, you will know more about our nation's history than ever before.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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