Hot Best Seller

Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source

Availability: Ready to download

The Onion has quickly become the world's most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print (on newsstands nationwide) and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin. Witness the march of history as Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning writing staff present the twentieth c The Onion has quickly become the world's most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print (on newsstands nationwide) and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin. Witness the march of history as Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning writing staff present the twentieth century like you've never seen it before.


Compare

The Onion has quickly become the world's most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print (on newsstands nationwide) and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin. Witness the march of history as Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning writing staff present the twentieth c The Onion has quickly become the world's most popular humor publication, misinforming half a million readers a week with one-of-a-kind social satire both in print (on newsstands nationwide) and online from its remote office in Madison, Wisconsin. Witness the march of history as Editor-in-Chief Scott Dikkers and The Onion's award-winning writing staff present the twentieth century like you've never seen it before.

30 review for Our Dumb Century: The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This book is the best gift in the world, for two reasons. First, anyone you give it to will love it, and you have therefore given a successful gift to a loved one. Second, if the person who receives the gift does not like it, it's a sure sign that he or she is not someone you should have anything to do with, much less give a gift to. For more on how to join the national campaign to convince motel 6 to replace the bible with this book in every one of their fucking hotel rooms, please respond to t This book is the best gift in the world, for two reasons. First, anyone you give it to will love it, and you have therefore given a successful gift to a loved one. Second, if the person who receives the gift does not like it, it's a sure sign that he or she is not someone you should have anything to do with, much less give a gift to. For more on how to join the national campaign to convince motel 6 to replace the bible with this book in every one of their fucking hotel rooms, please respond to this post.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    I recall an Onion article just after the 2000 election jokingly talking about how Bush was going to reverse the clinton years and pick up where his father left off. It talked about making tax refunds, starting a new war in Iraq, and running the economy down. It's rather frightening to think about it coming to the end of two terms. The world is a strange place; I'm surprised it's still here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe

    There's just nothing as amusing for a brief read as a made-up front page of The Onion. Good times.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I think this book marked the peak for the Onion. It reviews headlines of the 20th century as they would have appeared if the Onion had been published since 1900. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, though as usual there tends to be much more hilarity in the headlines and accompanying photographs than in the articles themselves. Other Onion books are not as consistently amusing (including the recent "Our Dumb World"). "Our Dumb Century" succeeds as well as it does because it is a natural outgrowth of I think this book marked the peak for the Onion. It reviews headlines of the 20th century as they would have appeared if the Onion had been published since 1900. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, though as usual there tends to be much more hilarity in the headlines and accompanying photographs than in the articles themselves. Other Onion books are not as consistently amusing (including the recent "Our Dumb World"). "Our Dumb Century" succeeds as well as it does because it is a natural outgrowth of the paper itself. Get one for your bathroom!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    As though the Onion had been around for the whole twentieth century. I think this is the funniest of the Onion books. Sample headlines: 1. 1951: "Morty and Betty Crocker Executed for Selling Top-Secret Cake Recipes to Reds." 2. 1905: "The Machine: Will it Replace the Chinaman." 3. 1939: "Hitler Neutralizes the Polish Menace." Humor, history and social criticism. Really funny!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linton

    Man Ventures Outside Hatless Martin Luther King: I Had a Really Weird Dream Last Night FDR: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is a Decade-long, Crippling Depression Man Walks on Fucking Moon Christian Right Ascends to Heaven -- Nobody does it better than The Onion

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Norton

    This is satire at its best - satire of journalism, of history, of the self-important and often poorly informed "USA USA USA!" mentality. It covers much if not all of the ground as Zinn's "People's History," with the added bonus of a great deal more laughs.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bodicainking

    "Empire of Japan makes alliance with white supremacists in well thought-out scheme." - case closed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    April Hamilton

    The Onion's sardonic take on current events and culture can be very funny in small doses, but in such a large anthology, The Onion increasingly comes off as one-trick pony. Most of its humor boils down to hyperbole - treating the unimportant as if it is of tantamount importance, thereby creating a critical commentary on the shallowness of popular culture. You don't have to read much of this book to get the point, and since it's mostly Onion fans who would buy this book in the first place, it see The Onion's sardonic take on current events and culture can be very funny in small doses, but in such a large anthology, The Onion increasingly comes off as one-trick pony. Most of its humor boils down to hyperbole - treating the unimportant as if it is of tantamount importance, thereby creating a critical commentary on the shallowness of popular culture. You don't have to read much of this book to get the point, and since it's mostly Onion fans who would buy this book in the first place, it seems like a point that hardly needs to be made in book form.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike Bloom

    One evening at a hotel in Escanaba, Michigan, while on the road for work, a colleague and I sat around with a couple bottles from the brew pub where we had eaten dinner and read bits from this book out loud to each other. I don't remember ever laughing so hard. This collection of fake newspaper articles perfectly achieves what it sets out to do--it hilariously skewers everyone and everything from 1900 to 1999. If this book doesn't make you laugh, you need professional help.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Browsed through since there's really no way anyone would read this thick tome. "Headlines" and mock newspaper stories and layout page after page after page.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ayne Ray

    Proof that satire is alive and well in America.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Profound, moving, relevant.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jake Basner

    Best bathroom book of all time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristal Cooper

    The Onion's satire is a cut above and this audiobook of humorous takes on newsworthy headlines and highlights from the 1900s does not disappoint. I found it to be absolutely hilarious and I can't wait to listen to it again. 

  16. 4 out of 5

    James Rozoff

    I bought this thinking it was a compilation of articles from The Onion, and was surprised it was all new material made to look as though it was a best of from an entire century. It is superbly well done. The Onion has had many fine moments but this may well be their finest.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suz Davidson

    For fans of The Onion, this is a great collection of the best of their early material.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tom M

    Hilarious book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Strong Extraordinary Dreams

    One word: Genius.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    4 stars - Ms. Jenn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jilly Hernandez

    Remember when you could tell The Onion headlines from actual ones? Heh, those were the days...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nate LaPrairie

    This is CLASSIC Onion hilarity

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Feltskog

    Simply indispensable for understanding our zeitgeist.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    Why didn't I bring this to work today? I need a laugh...: As I sit here going on my 10th hour of work (more accurately, I'm waiting for some people to perform their jobs so I can finish mine), I'm wondering why I don't just keep my copy of this book in my desk. The Onion's acerbic wit and sarcastic humor never fail to raise a fit of laughter out of me, and to have several hundred pages of it in one convenient parcel is one of God's little gifts to mankind. This book is worth the full cover price Why didn't I bring this to work today? I need a laugh...: As I sit here going on my 10th hour of work (more accurately, I'm waiting for some people to perform their jobs so I can finish mine), I'm wondering why I don't just keep my copy of this book in my desk. The Onion's acerbic wit and sarcastic humor never fail to raise a fit of laughter out of me, and to have several hundred pages of it in one convenient parcel is one of God's little gifts to mankind. This book is worth the full cover price for one moment. The often-hilarious left-column bullets (this is newspaper speak, people) provide much of the humor, and one in particular is an instant classic. Writing of the death of Jerry Garcia, the clever and near-palindromic line "Head Dead-Head Dead" initiated instant bits of laughter from me, especially because I realize what many people do not: The Grateful Dead were never that good. This book is kind of like watching the tripe "news" stories Geraldo files incessantly, if only Geraldo didn't believe that he'd someday win a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize. Every page yields multiple high points and for anyone who has ever chuckled at so-called legitimate news, this book is a must-have.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I guess since this is listed on goodreads, and because it has been published and has an ISBN number, this counts as a real book. But it's actually just the front pages of the onion website. It doesn't even include the whole articles, just the front of them. Well, since I read the onion on the website theonion.com almost every day, this book was a little extraneous. I already read almost all of thse things. But the main thing about it was that it only cost $3 on clearance at Borders. 3 fucking dol I guess since this is listed on goodreads, and because it has been published and has an ISBN number, this counts as a real book. But it's actually just the front pages of the onion website. It doesn't even include the whole articles, just the front of them. Well, since I read the onion on the website theonion.com almost every day, this book was a little extraneous. I already read almost all of thse things. But the main thing about it was that it only cost $3 on clearance at Borders. 3 fucking dollars! I guess people didn't want to buy it because you can literally see all of these articles online. Well I bought this book last week, and I think I've already read it through 5 times or so. In my lifetime I'm guessing I'll read it through at least 1000 or more times. It's hard to make an accurate guess because I don't know when I'll die or if I'll go blind at some point. But if as a civilization, we measured the greatness of a book based on how many times I, Patrick Yamamoto, have read the book, this would clearly be the best book in all of history.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    Holy hell was this a funny read! Anyone who is a fan of American history and a fan of humor I definitely suggest this read. The book is pretty simple, just about every year between 1900 and 2000 get's one or more front pages from the onion. Of course, the onion wasn't really around during that time but this is what it would have looked like. I think my very favorite entry from the entire book was from 1963, the last paragraph of which follows: "Parker's death marks the sixth atomic-accident fatal Holy hell was this a funny read! Anyone who is a fan of American history and a fan of humor I definitely suggest this read. The book is pretty simple, just about every year between 1900 and 2000 get's one or more front pages from the onion. Of course, the onion wasn't really around during that time but this is what it would have looked like. I think my very favorite entry from the entire book was from 1963, the last paragraph of which follows: "Parker's death marks the sixth atomic-accident fatality in the last month, arriving on the heels of Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Susan and John Storm all succumbing to cosmic rays during the maiden flight of Richards' experimental rocket, and U.S. Department of Defense scientist Bruce Banner's irradiation by the Gamma Bomb, a weapon of his own devising."

  27. 4 out of 5

    James

    It’s a book written by the The Onion, it’s a collection of funny headlines, it’s meant to make you laugh and it does that pretty well. It’s not a story, it’s not real articles, it’s essentially a collection (compendium?) of The Onion headlines from their newspaper and website that covers the entire century. Hard to recommend for those on a budget, but if you can get it on sale and want something funny on your shelf grab this – however I would suggest The Onion’s Our Dumb World or perhaps the The It’s a book written by the The Onion, it’s a collection of funny headlines, it’s meant to make you laugh and it does that pretty well. It’s not a story, it’s not real articles, it’s essentially a collection (compendium?) of The Onion headlines from their newspaper and website that covers the entire century. Hard to recommend for those on a budget, but if you can get it on sale and want something funny on your shelf grab this – however I would suggest The Onion’s Our Dumb World or perhaps the The Daily Show books first. When you need a laugh, pick it up, flip to a random page, start reading the news.

  28. 5 out of 5

    T Campbell

    The Onion has a sort of rhythm to its humor that becomes detectable with repeated exposure, to the point where it ruins some of the magic. And mocking the inverted period means that many if not most of its jokes are funniest in the headlines and gradually lose steam as the article goes on, sometimes coming back with a twist at the end but not reliably. For all that, it has a wonderfully unfiltered and observant perspective on modern American life, and the jokes in this book are jokes it's clearl The Onion has a sort of rhythm to its humor that becomes detectable with repeated exposure, to the point where it ruins some of the magic. And mocking the inverted period means that many if not most of its jokes are funniest in the headlines and gradually lose steam as the article goes on, sometimes coming back with a twist at the end but not reliably. For all that, it has a wonderfully unfiltered and observant perspective on modern American life, and the jokes in this book are jokes it's clearly meant to tell for a while.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Outrageously hilarious satire from The Onion, with a headline page for various historically significant events of the 20th century. It expects a certain amount of prior knowledge from its readers to understand the humor. Beyond the headlines themselves, reading the text of the articles is a delight, as is catching the smaller jokes (such as a "report" on a street fight between the Sharks and the Jets). Totally worth it for the WWII pages and the moon landing reports (and "transcripts!") alone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suleman Ali

    The Onion's look at some of the big (and small) stories that hit the US during the 20th century. Like all Onion publications, this was another hilarious take on the news and news reporting industry. 'Our Dumb Century' is brilliant with each page consistently funny. As the title suggests, it is very US centric which is fine barring the odd story (more recent) that maybe arent as well known internationally, but despite this there were far far more hits than misses! Brilliant!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.