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For years, Kenneth C. Davis has enlightened and enthralled us, opening our minds and tickling our fancies with his wonderfully irreverent, fun, and factual Don't Know Much About? books. He has carried readers on wild and edifying rides through history, mythology, geography, the Bible, the Civil War, even across the universe. Now, following on the heels of his triumphant New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About? Anything, comes Don't Know Much About? Anything Else, his latest one-stop potpourri of ...
For years, Kenneth C. Davis has enlightened and enthralled us, opening our minds and tickling our fancies with his wonderfully irreverent, fun, and factual Don't Know Much About® books. He has carried readers on wild and edifying rides through history, mythology, geography, the Bible, the Civil War, even across the universe. Now, following on the heels of his triumphant New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About® Anything, comes Don't Know Much About® Anything Else, his latest one-stop potpourri of intriguing information. Chock-full of delightful historical snippets and fascinating people, remarkable milestones and boneheaded blunders, and eye-opening, brain-boggling facts about simply anything and everything in the world, here is the ideal companion for those long car rides, plane flights, quality family hours, or relaxing downtime.
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On Christmas Day, 1821, an "Angel" was born. Youngest of five children, Clara Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, she carried supplies to soldiers and nursed the wounded, for which she was called the "Angel of the Battlefield." Her legacy didn't end there as she founded the American Red Cross. Barton's thirty-eight-room home in Glen Echo, Maryland—where she died in 1912—was also the headquarters of the American Red Cross for several years and is now a National Historic site. What else do you know about this trailblazing "Angel" of mercy?
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"Every morning when I awake, the greatest of joys is mine: that of being Salvador Dalí." That outsized ego and showman's flair helped make Salvador Dalí one of the world's most recognizable artists. Born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres in Spain's Catalonian region, Dalí was an eccentric master whose abstract paintings, filled with bizarre images, are still extremely popular. Dalí died on January 23, 1989, in his hometown, where he is buried in the museum he built for himself. What do you know about this famed painter, whose wild mustache and love for the unusual were as famous as his art?
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Hans Christian Andersen
The son of A poor shoemaker, born in Denmark on April 2, 1805, Hans Chris-tian Andersen (18051875) became one of the world's most famous authors. After his father's death, the young boy set out to become a singer and actor, but had little luck until he turned to writing children's stories in 1835. His famed tales, often of luckless but goodhearted people—and animals—who find their fortune, have mesmerized readers ever since. What do you know about the man behind "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid"?
Excerpted from Don't Know Much About Anything Else by Kenneth Davis
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Posted January 15, 2012