817.0973: Barry, Dave. Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1989. 175 pp. ISBN 0-4499-0462-8.
- 800: Literature
- 810: American literature in English
- 817: American humor and satire in English
- +09: With respect to history
- +73: United States
When I was a kid, Dave Barry was just about the funniest writer I knew. My mother got me hooked, and while his style and wit have fallen off in recent years, I find it hard not to go back to him for a chuckle or two. Because most of his classic writing was for a weekly newspaper column, it’s a bit dated but funny nonetheless. In Dave Barry Slept Here, he takes a look at American history in a way that only he can, with eye toward potential exploding animals, the absolute importance of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff, and acts of Congress that would also make good names for a rock band.