You Bought It, You Read It: One Night Stands With American History

Twenty days.

That’s how long it took me to read this book.  Twenty days.


One-Night Stands With American History

The Overview:

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!

My Review:

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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