Say, Uncle, by Eric Nicol and Peter Whalley (Gollancz, 15s.).
AMER1CAN history, as this
book so rightly says and every schoolchild will agree, is more difficult to remember than British history because British history is marked off by monarchs.
You know that Charles 11 followed Charles I (sooner or later), but who could possibly tell whether President Johnson came before President Jackson, or if they were actually one and the same person.
This book will do nothing to help you to find out!
But it is-or so the title tells us -a history of the United States. In its 96 pages it deals with such varied historical facts as the discovery of America, the revolution, the Mexican war, and takes the reader up to the World wars. Most of it is very funny indeed. As a sample of the style: "Once they had won the right to life, and the pursuit of happiness, Americans went after what they really wanted: money."
But perhaps the nicest comments on American history come with the sketches which are a delight. A nice little book. perhaps a bit expensive at 15s., but good for a lot of laughs . particularly if you are not an American.