|Now that the century is winding down, it's time to look back, breathe a sigh of relief, and laugh at the dumbest 100 years on record--as reported in high satirical style of The Onion, one of America's funniest news sources.
The Onion, a weekly newspaper out of Madison, WI, has established a hugely popular presence online with its laugh-out-loud mixture of sophomoric irreverence and savage satire. This book continues the Onion's mission--from 1900 to 2000--with mock front pages twisting each year's signal events. 1906: "Should U.S. Set Limits on Indian Slaughter?" 1915: "Henry Ford Unveils New Line of Anti-Semitic Autos." 1933: "Stalin Announces Five-Year `Everybody Dies' Plan." 1942: "Ladies, Negroes Momentarily Useful." 1956: "U.S. Sexual Repression Reaches Boiling Point." 1976: "Cambodia to Switch to Skull-Based Economy." 1998: "Drugs Win Drug War." Though some articles will offend the delicate and a few fail to fulfill the promise of the headlines, this is terrific stuff. Even the graphics and asides have bite, like the "Countries Overthrown by the CIA Today" list from a 1964 issue.
From the Publisher:
The staff of The Onion, America's leading source of humorous news, presents a zany collection of headlines and news stories, including an account of the Pentagon's development of an A-bomb-resistant desk for schoolchildren. Original. 150,000 first printing.
In this collection of mock newspaper articles, editors from The Onion satirize 20th century-America by reporting on events--real, imagined, or exaggerated--that shaped the nation's consciousness. With catchy headlines and journalistic-style articles that spotlight overt racism, sexism, xenophobia, and general ignorance, the articles encapsulate the hypocrisy and absurdity of major events, advertising, and pop culture. Photos throughout.