Alexandra Petri's Us History: Important American Documents (I Made Up)


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.83 X 8.47 X 1.26 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Alexandra Petri is a humorist and columnist for the Washington Post and author of Alexandra Petri's US History and Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, a Thurber Prize finalist. Her satire has also appeared in McSweeney's and the New Yorker's Daily Shouts and Murmurs. She lives in Washington, DC.


Alexandra Petri's marvelously inventive, wickedly funny, and extremely astute take on US history is exactly what we need as we ponder the future of the American Experiment and begin to prepare for the country's 250th anniversary.--Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Times best-selling author of On Juneteenth
I can safely say I will never look at Sesame Street, Emily Dickinson, or John and Abigail Adams's marriage the same way again.--Randall Munroe, New York Times best-selling author of What If? and What If? 2
Alexandra Petri's deranged take on American history captures the spirit of the nation's past so well, I'm afraid it's going to be banned in Florida.--Alexis Coe, New York Times best-selling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
A charming, brisk galumph through history. I enjoyed it immensely, as I always do with Alexandra Petri's ricochet reactions to the historical process.--Daniel Lavery, author of Something That May Shock and Discredit You and Texts from Jane Eyre
[B]rilliantly bananas.... Petri's latest book demonstrates primarily two things: One, she is a genius; and two, no, she really is.... [S]atire at the highest level. ...[A] godsend of a book.--Amy Fusselman "Washington Post"
Dazzling...Petri's seemingly effortless ability to reimagine American history in the most bizarre ways makes this one of the most entertaining books you'll read this year...It's a satirical salve at a time when we need humor more than ever.--Amy Scribner "BookPage"
Some [of Petri's] selections are wry, some preposterous, some laugh-out-loud funny; all are inventive... This intriguing collection will definitely keep audiences entertained, whether they read through cover to cover or dip in for the occasional treat.--Kathleen McBroom "Booklist (starred review)"
Rooted in Petri's impressive knowledge of the American past, this is a trip.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Petri's writing is consistently witty and erudite without the slightest hint of pretentiousness... If you can make the 19th-century debate over monetary policy funny, you're clearly on to something.--Matthew Cantor "The Guardian"