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Don't Know Much About Anything: Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More!

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by Kenneth C. Davis
 

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In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology, the Bible, the universe, geography, and the Civil War.

Now, the sky's the limit in his latest irresistible

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In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology, the Bible, the universe, geography, and the Civil War.

Now, the sky's the limit in his latest irresistible installment—a grand tour of knowledge that carries us from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Berlin Wall, from the Salem Witch Trials to Watergate, from Michelangelo to Houdini. Brimming with busted myths, gripping true stories, and peculiar particulars about a plethora of people, places, and events, this captivating compendium is guaranteed to delight information lovers everywhere as it feeds our insatiable appetite to know everything!

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Author Kenneth C. Davis has established himself as the very prolific master of the Don't Know Much About... franchise. This paperback original expands his territory with myth-busting information on subjects ranging from the Salem Witch Trials to Watergate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061251467
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Series:
Don't Know Much About Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
237,257
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Don't Know Much About Anything
Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More!

Chapter One

Don't know much about Benjamin Franklin

Had he only invented bifocals and the stove bearing his name, he would have been notable. If he had only experimented with electricity and charted the Gulf Stream, he would have been a giant of science. If he had only helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, he would have been a legend. But Benjamin Franklin did all of these things—and much more. America's first true international celebrity, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706, the fifteenth child in a family of seventeen children, the son of a soap and candle maker. In a remarkable life, Franklin became wealthy, famous, and one of the most important Founding Fathers. When he died at the age of eighty-four on April 17, 1790, nearly twenty thousand admirers attended his funeral. What else do you know about this unique man who helped "invent" America?

1. Franklin was the only person to sign the four key documents that created America. What are they?

2. Which office did Franklin's illegitimate son hold?

3. What did Franklin produce every year for twenty-five years?

4. What did his famous kite experiment prove?

5. What was his greatest accomplishment during the Revolutionary War?

6. Franklin preferred what animal as America's symbol?

7. What was Franklin's final public role?

Answers

1. The Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with GreatBritain, and the Constitution of the United States.

2. Loyal to England, William Franklin became the Royal Governor of New Jersey. During the Revolutionary War, he was arrested and later went to London.

3. He wrote and published Poor Richard's Almanac from 1733 to 1758. Its fame rests on the wit and wisdom that Franklin scattered through each issue.

4. In 1752, he flew a homemade kite during a thunderstorm accompanied by his son William. Franklin proved that lightning is electricity. Then he invented the lightning rod.

5. As a commissioner sent to represent the United States in France, Franklin got the French to join the war against England. Their aid was crucial to America winning its independence.

6. In what may have been his only bad idea, he preferred the turkey to the eagle, which he thought was a bird of bad moral character.

7. In 1787, he was elected president of America's first antislavery society, and his last public act was to sign an appeal to Congress calling for abolition. don't know much about

Don't Know Much About Anything
Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, Events, and More!
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Meet the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.

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