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Don't Know Much About History Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned [NOOK Book]

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Here, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its debut as a New York Times bestseller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history.

First published two decades ago, when the "closing of the American mind" was in the headlines, Don't Know Much About® History proved Americans don't hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school. With wit and irreverence, in question-and-answer form, Don't ...

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Overview

Here, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its debut as a New York Times bestseller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history.

First published two decades ago, when the "closing of the American mind" was in the headlines, Don't Know Much About® History proved Americans don't hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school. With wit and irreverence, in question-and-answer form, Don't Know Much About® History took readers on a rollicking ride through more than five hundred years of American history, from Columbus's voyages to recent events. The book became an instant classic and has sold more than 1.6 million copies.

Now Davis has brought his groundbreaking work up to the present, including the history of an "Era of Broken Trust," from the end of the Clinton administration through the recent Great Recession. This additional material covers the horrific events of 9/11and the rise of conspiracy theorists, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the New Orleans levees, the global financial meltdown, the election of Barack Obama, and the national controversy of same-sex marriage.

For history buffs and history-phobes alike, for longtime fans who need a refresher course, and for a new generation of Americans who are still in the dark about America's past, Davis shows once more why People magazine said, "Reading him is like returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had."

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Kenneth C. Davis uses wit, candor, and fascinating facts to reveal the very human side of history the textbooks neglect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062092212
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Don't Know Much About Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 132,418
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface to the Anniversary Edition xi

Introduction xvii

Author's Note xxix

Chapter 1 Brave New World 1

Chapter 2 Say You Want a Revolution 47

Chapter 3 Growth of a Nation: From the Creation of the Constitution to Manifest Destiny 107

Chapter 4 Apocalypse Then: To Civil War and Reconstruction 185

Chapter 5 When Monopoly Wasn't a Game: The Growing Empire from the Wild West to World War I 255

Chapter 6 Boom to Bust to Big Boom: From the Jazz Age and the Great Depression to Hiroshima 321

Chapter 7 Commies, Containment, and Gold War: America in the Fifties 399

Chapter 8 The Torch Is Passed: From Camelot to Hollywood on the Potomac 441

Chapter 9 From the Evil Empire to the Axis of Evil 537

Appendix 1 The Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Amendments 629

Appendix 2 Is the Electoral College a Party School? A Presidential Election Primer 652

Appendix 3 U.S. Presidents and Their Administrations 658

Selected Readings 665

Acknowledgments 695

Index 697

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Highly recommended for students of history

    As a historian I found this book to be very refreshing and easy to read. The stories bring to life all the facts about American history, from the early explorers up until the current political events.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Too many opinions. Not enough history

    This is really not a history book. It is an attempt to weave history into a liberal's point of view of America. If you believe that all white people & money are the cause of all the world's problems, then this book will help you to reinforce those ideas. You would be better off reading a high school history book if you are intersted in facts rather than opinions.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Brief Essays on Historical Topics

    But I didn't find much that I didn't already know.

    It maybe just the ebook layout, but I'd be reading several pages about the war in Iraq and suddenly the next paragraph would be a quote about an entirely different topic; I found that disconcerting and annoying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Very good book about American History. Makes it very interesting

    Very good book about American History. Makes it very interesting and enjoyable to read. Hard to believe that its an educational book because its not BORING. I like this book so much I will buy the other books written by Kenneth C. Davis.

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    Posted March 10, 2013

    This game just whast your time

    This game just wast your time

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