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From the Publisher"[What I like best about THE AMERICAN PAGEANT is the] rich, flowing narrative in every chapter that will draw the student to the material . . . and, mysteriously to them, enlighten, educate, entertain and painlessly expose them to all the themes, issues, trends and personalities in U.S. history. Most textbooks are so huge, detailed with a maze of tables, charts, graphs that overwhelm if not frighten students. . . . Kennedy is the best written, brief or otherwise text I've seen/read, and I've read/studied most of the Top 20 college US history textbooks. . . . "
"I think THE AMERICAN PAGEANT is easy to read and comprehend. The vocabulary is at an appropriate level, the material, for the most part, is presented in a nicely flowing narrative, and it is lucid."
". . . What I loved most about this book when I read it 20 years ago . . . were the political cartoons. These are fantastic because they really show the reader something tangible to latch on to in an amusing or thought provoking way. . . . The text is written in a straightforward way that students can understand."
[in a letter to the authors] ". . . I would just like to say the subtle humor found occasionally in the book is awesome. It's like I've found a little nugget of gold. Thank you and your colleagues for a textbook that succeeds in keeping me awake while reading it—quite an accomplishment for a history textbook."
"I like the connection between a historical event and how it affects the future. i.e., it mentions early seeds of civil rights movement to later more militant movement."