Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History But Never Learned

Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History But Never Learned

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by Kenneth C. Davis, Jonathan Davis, John Beach, Jeff Woodman
     
 

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A new, completely revised, expanded and updated edition of the million-selling New York Times bestseller that launched the entire Don’t Know Much About series.

When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the book brought Americans a fresh new

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A new, completely revised, expanded and updated edition of the million-selling New York Times bestseller that launched the entire Don’t Know Much About series.

When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the book brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved Americans don't hate history–they just hate the dull version they were force-fed in school.

In his irreverent and popular question-and-answer style, Davis now returns with a completely revised edition that brings history right up to the moment–covering such topics as the end of the Cold War, Clinton's impeachment, the bizarre election of 2000, and the events that led to September 11.

Incorporation new research and discoveries, Davis also updates and expands on such long-standing American controversies as the Hiss trial, and he includes an expanded "civics-lesson" that examines some of America's hottest social and political issues, such as the death penalty and school prayer.

For history buffs and history-phobes alike, Davis proves once more why People magazine said that listening to 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739303962
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Don't Know Much About Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 30 min. Updated & Revised
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.87(h) x 0.54(d)

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 sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don’t Know Much About® series for adults and children. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.

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Don't Know Much About History 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The books first starts of by the author stating he will be as partial to both the democratic and republican parties. However thru out the book he favors the democrates and takes stabs at the current administration. Overall a good historical book with many facts but is very one-sided on issues of abortion, rebublicans and GOD. After reading this book i belive the author is an atheist. Overall, good history book for the uninformed american...
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite thing about the book was how it broke everything down unlike many high school textbooks used to do for me. This guy loses a star though because even he said himself that people thinks his work sometimes leans to the left. I found a lot of parts where he blatantly took a specific side, and it was obvious. You would think he would leave those out if he wanted more credibility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many years ago, my AP U.S. history teacher recommended I read this book as I prepare for the AP exam. It keeps information basic, but interesting. It provides facts my students need to understand while making people and events easy to understand. It is not a detailed account of American history, but an excellent, easy, and fun-to-read introduction for those wanting to learn more. And for those who are no longer students, it keeps the reader interested and is great for short reading periods as it is divided into many sections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains some if not factual mistakes at the very least he draws conclusions of a very "liberal" sort, and I don't mean liberal in the classical sense but in the Jimmy Carter sense. Thats the thing about history I think is particularly when coverning such a broad time frame your political lean can be shown by what you leave out as well as what you put into the book. That said the style and the information was great, and may inspire people to look further into some of the events of history all in all I think thats a good thing.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
An engaging read . I always kept 5 to 10 copies in my classroom as additional resource for my students. I
LittlePig More than 1 year ago
While the book does offer some interesting and unusual facts, its over- all presentation is rather dry. It is well constucted and the flow of history - how events built on each other and led to big events - is interesting. I enjoyed parts, but not enough to recommend it to anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We bought this for a road trip and came home too late to return it. We could not stand to listen to it even though we love non-fiction, and history. The whole first cd was an endless and boring and repetitive intro. The author is fond of himself, but we did not share that enthusiasm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately very one sided. I prefer authors who explore issues from all angles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read and very informative, however, in the attempt to be ballanced the book leans too far to the negative. Sure, it's true that America was a racest, sexist, bunch of Pruitans commiting genocide, but how did that compair with other nations at the time? The answer (that isn't in the book) is that the United States was, for all its' faults, still a "shining city on the hill".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an incredible audio book for a truck driver, traveling sales person or anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. So amazing what I did not know about American history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the book had many facts, it never came out and said the answers to many of the questions outlined in the beginning of each chapter. I found it to be fairly dull and felt that even the truth could have been livened up a bit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I just finished my first semester of college and this book has been a livesaver. I 'borrowed' this book from my grandmother when I was in the 8th grade, but she still hasn't gotten it back. I've used this book all throughout high school, and now that I'm in college, it has helped a lot. If there was something I didn't understand or I needed more details, I just opened the book and it broke everything down to where it's easy to understand and grasp, unlike the boring history text book. This book is easy and fun to read. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Lol math #gril. Pop out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ken has written a most readable and straightforward US history, in chronological order, quite apart from the 'traditional' history. He explores events and activities that led to things with which we are familiar, putting them into a cohesive scenario that flows as smooth as a river. Reminds me of the old "Connections" PBS tv series. A worthwhile read. Hope he does another update soon, to encompass our current situation! - TwinCam
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