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Book Review of 'Let There Be Facebook'
Posted by Susie Kopecky on Nov 20, 2011 - 10:30:56 PM
BEVERLY HILLS—It is not easy to get the young to read of
figures long gone and long dead. Why would a teenager want to spend an hour or
two reading on the political machinations of a monarch who has no sway and no
say over his/her life? No, unsurprisingly, the youth would likely prefer to
read a more modern fantasy book of their own choice, watch a movie or connect
with friends on the exceptionally popular social network site Facebook. Now,
however, two satirical writers have teamed up to combine humor, Facebook and
Wea smattering of some of the most famous and infamous moments in Western
history. And the surprising part is, the result is highly enjoyable.
Travis Harmon and
Jonathan Shockley’s Let There Be Facebook (Simon & Schuster)
is a witty compilation of major historic, religious and cultural figures and
moments presented as though Facebook was always the dominant medium of
communication. The authors cleverly connect the old-time stories with modern
youth, with the briding ideae that had Facebook been around, these
larger-than-life characters not only would have used it like today’s youth do,
but their communication would have been streamlined, humorous to a modern
audience, and not so different from the way young people communicate today.
What makes this
book stand out is its quiet way of forging identifiable connections between ye
olde history and young readers. The book mocks and cleverly repackages historic
and religious events such as the flight of Jonah, the binding of Isaac, the
Black Plague, the adventures of Alexander the Great, the marriages of King
Henry VIII, the ride of Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln and much more.
figures are brought down to earth and made much more human within the covers of this
easy-to-read 142-page book. (Sometimes it is easy to forget that Lincoln, the
Wright brothers, Mark Twain and Albert Einstein were mortal, too.) By
stretching the bounds and facetiously boiling world events down to brief
Facebook status updates, the authors suddenly make history fun and playful for
This book could even
serve as a good scaffolding tool in middle school, high school and college
classrooms in which students who are far more familiar with Facebook than the
history book. Such a fun introduction may even inspire curious readers to learn
the full story.
Who knows:this entertaining and intellifently plaful book may
eveninspire a life-long love of
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