Selzer, Adam The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History, 322 p. Random House, 2009. $12.99. If you don’t like history very much, then you will like this book. If you are a high school student who likes arguing with your history teacher, then you will like this book A LOT! Full of irreverence, some truthiness and a large dose of sarcasm. This is for every history teacher on your list and anyone currently in college. HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.