Pranksters by Kembrew McLeod
Rating: 3 Stars
Description: This is the history of pranks as defined by the author and their repercussions both social and political throughout time.
My Impression: I have read some reviews that felt misled by the title of this book but as the author clearly defines his definition of prank within the first 15 pages it didn't bother me. Plus, I suspect Tricks, Illusions and Satire wouldn't have been as catchy of a title. I loved the description of Benjamin Franklin's announcement that his newspaper competitor had died and how he carried on afterwards. The idea of how satire changed the thinking of the lower classes and how it contributed to both religious and social reform is fascinating and was a new perspective for me. However, because the subject matter is lightweight do not expect this to be a light funny read. It is anything but. It is detailed and well researched. While it is fascinating it is not a beach read.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes