What I Think Happened

What I Think Happened

An Underresearched History of the Western World

Book - 2017
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A wickedly funny book in which the author recasts historical events and personalities from her own feminist perspective.

What I Think Happened , the debut book by comedian Evany Rosen, is really two books: a savvy, no-holds-barred romp through the history of the western world, and the personal story of a self-described "failed academic" who recasts historiography from a feminist perspective--albeit an underqualified and overconfident one.

In these wide-ranging comic essays, Evany explores numerous historical events and personalities that have had a personal impact on her as she attempts to understand why they've been the object of such fascination, from her unnatural obsession with Napoleon, to her misguided understanding of the Royal Family, to her intrigue over America's dumpiest presidents. Evany's approach to history is to make it personal, which any good historian will tell you is exactly what not to do; but in doing so, and with whimsy and irreverence, she rescues history from the dusty confines of "intellectually aggressive" men and makes it fun again.

What I Think Happened is the first book to be published under a new imprint called Robin's Egg Books that will feature some of the freshest, smartest, and above all funniest writing around on a variety of culturally relevant subjects. Robin's Egg Books are curated and edited by comedian, playwright, and author Charles Demers.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Robin's Egg, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781551526959
Branch Call Number: 819.46 Rosen
Characteristics: 206 pages : portraits ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosen, Evany 1987- Essays.


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May 08, 2018

As a fellow under-researched history lover, I was greatly entertained by this book. If you have purposely steered a party conversation to your specific period of history obsession or if you kind of want to know the history of the British monarchy but always give up during the boring bits, give this one a try.

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