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Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf by Erik Von Norden

Erik Von Norden, Theory of Irony, book review, On My Kindle

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


"Ever wonder why so much makes no sense? Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Why do washed-up actors and athletes end up as Governors and Congressmen? Why do they pay out millions of tax dollars for anti-smoking campaigns, and to farmers to grow more tobacco? Why did Missouri send thousands of men to fight on opposite sides at the Battle of Vicksburg? Why was it that Pope John XII died while making love with a married woman? Why can't we separate art from obscenity and why, oh why, do armies destroy towns to save them? Erik Von Norden (writing under a pen name) processes the world with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic and answers in an eccentric, corkscrewed sort of way. Always funny, sometimes scholarly and no sacred cows. He calls this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony."
~ Description of The Theory of Irony by Erik Von Norden taken from back cover on Amazon ~


In The Theory of Irony, Von Norden uses a combination of knowledge, wit, and sarcasm to guide readers through the military, political, religious, commercial, and artistic history of Western civilization. 

Wielding his knowledge, wit, and sarcasm; the author strips away preconceived notions of glorious battles being won by military masterminds as he demonstrates that many of the historical military masterminds are idiots who managed to win by sheer dumb luck. The regal images of royalty that are shown in history books are unerringly revealed as manipulative, backstabbing, and sniveling children; which in some cases of young rulers is true. Readers can reflect on how enmeshed politics and religion are as they get a glimpse of the machinations between church and state throughout the course of history.

I am not much of a history buff; however, Von Norden's writing was able to hold my interest. He provided enough dates and details to be informative, used modern examples that I could relate to, and kept the pace going as he moved from one period of time to another. 

I enjoyed the sarcastic and witty asides, and I would definitely recommend Theory of Irony to anyone who is interested in history.

Erik Von Norden, author of Theory of Irony

On a side note, I am going to have my husband read the book so that he can give me his thoughts on it from a history buff's perspective. If he actually gets around to reading it, I will make sure to share his thoughts on it.

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