That’s how long it took me to read this book. Twenty days.
Respect yourself in the morning — read One-Night Stands with American History!
This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents — many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.
- President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
- J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
- France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
- H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.
Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they’re all true!
I’m not sure exactly what happened. At first, it felt like the pages were whizzing on by!
After the first 25 pages, I posted this update on Goodreads: Woo! Just the break I need from that whip slinging Goodreads Challenge! So far the quick little historical snippets are funny and refreshing!
Days later I was up to page 70 and posted this: Love the bit about ill-behaved children could be executed for outburst against their parents. Talk about discipline!
Then, much like a captain’s log of a boat long lost at sea, the updates stopped. Ten days and forty pages later, this was the last update anyone heard from this sailor: I seemed to hit a reading wall. Is it the changing weather? Is it daylight’s saving time? Surely it can’t be this book.
Yesterday, I finally finished it and felt a bit of guilt in regards to how relieved I was. The facts are: This book has many historical details that will make you laugh, gasp and shake your head. However, after a while, it does take on the feeling of a one night stand. There’s no commitment. You could drop it and leave it and never look back. Dust yourself off and move on to the next new thing. I think that was my hang up. There was no character that I could see from beginning to end.
For an added bonus, Goodreads started rubbing it in my face that I was officially two books behind!
I think a more appropriate use for this book for me would be during a power outage and I totally mean that as I compliment. During the twenty days of reading, I would often read parts aloud to the beau. I think I will keep it around for that purpose. It’s just the short bits of entertainment you need until the lights com back on.
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