Imagine if you could travel back in time. If you ever do, it might be useful to have a guidebook with you!
The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a humorous handbook for time travelers to use when visiting colonial America in the 18th century. It’s one of the books in the Thrifty Guides to History: A Handbook for Time Travelers series, which includes guides about Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and the Middle Ages.
This guide tells you everything you need to know if you want to time travel to the American Revolution: how to dress appropriately, how to fire a musket, and people to have lunch with. It also includes summaries of what happened during that time, so you know what to expect when you arrive.
There are jokes on practically every page in the book, including some about plans that the British and American armies came up with to attack the other side, and comments that time travelers (and people from that time period) made about places in the area.
Here’s George Washington’s resume – POSITION DESIRED: Farmer. PERSONAL STATEMENT: I do NOT want to be general. EDUCATION: College: None. WORK EXPERIENCE: ??? MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Accidentally caused three wars. SPECIAL SKILLS: Proficient in writing with a quill pen.
Here’s British General Howe’s not-so-brilliant plan that shockingly didn’t work: 1. Send British troops up Breed’s Hill, directly into American gunfire. 2. Get shot at the entire climb. 3. ??? 4. Victory.
Of course, there are there are warnings that you might get injured during your “vacation”, but the book gives you “helpful hints” for worst-case scenarios. For example, it tells you what to do if you’re shot by a musket ball (you will probably die) or what to expect if you’re about to be shot by a cannonball (you’re chances of survival are almost zero percent). Unfortunately, you can’t get a refund for your vacation package, so you would probably want to read this guide first and then decide whether you really want to visit the American Revolution.
Overall, this is a hilarious book, even if you’re not really interested in history. It does explain what happened during the American Revolution, but there are some jokes and parts of the book that might be hard to understand without knowing some basic history. It’s not very long, with only about 130 pages, but it’s just the right size to take with you when you’re time traveling. However, after reading it, you might want to think twice about visiting the American Revolution. I would recommend this book for kids ages 10 and up.
It’s set to be released on January 30, 2018, but if you have a time machine, you can buy it right away!