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    American Trivia What We All Should Know about U. S. History, Culture and Geography

    ISBN-10: 1423622774
    ISBN-13: 9781423622772
    Author(s): Richard Lederer, Caroline McCullagh
    Description: American Trivia includes origins of the national anthem, stories about national treasures such as the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty, fascinating information about the country's many heroes and inventors, and more!
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    Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 144
    Size: 6.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.440
    Language: English

    American Trivia includes origins of the national anthem, stories about national treasures such as the Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty, fascinating information about the country's many heroes and inventors, and more!

    Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian."

    <p Caroline McCullagh earned a master's degree in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of four novels, a cookbook, a student opera, and writes monthly garden book reviews for the San Diego Horticultural Society. She lives in San Diego. </p

    Introduction
    Origins
    How America Got Its Name
    It's a Grand Old Flag
    Our Nation's Birthday
    The Supreme Law of Our Land
    A Capital Idea
    National Symbols
    America Singing
    Hail to the Chiefs
    A Procession of Presidents
    Ten Fascinating Facts About Our Presidents
    The Presidential Origin of OK
    Abe Lincoln's Humor
    TR and the Bear Facts
    Immortal Mortals
    The Home of the Brave
    The Land of the Free
    The Name Is the Game
    America: The Mother of Invention
    Homegrown Authors
    This American Language
    A Declaration of Language Independence
    Talking Turkey
    All-American Dialects
    This Land is Our Land
    America the Beautiful
    States of the Union
    A Letter-Perfect Quiz
    Pride of Place
    America Grows Up
    Ties That Bind
    Food for Thought
    We All Speak Movie Lines
    A Baseball Doubleheader
    American Riddles

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