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Filled with fascinating trivia and lore not found in textbooks

People, places, and dates with a dash of fun — history will never be the same! Don't know much about history? Don't worry! With this friendly reference, you can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class — and have a good time in the bargain. From the Revolution to the Civil War, from the Great Depression to the Cold War, this is history the way it ought to be — fresh, ...

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Filled with fascinating trivia and lore not found in textbooks

People, places, and dates with a dash of fun — history will never be the same! Don't know much about history? Don't worry! With this friendly reference, you can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class — and have a good time in the bargain. From the Revolution to the Civil War, from the Great Depression to the Cold War, this is history the way it ought to be — fresh, memorable, and fun.

Discover how to: Astound friends with fun facts about the Founding Fathers Understand terms like "Manifest Destiny" Get a grip on the legacy of slavery Impress your family with Civil War lore Put current events in historical context

The Dummies Way™ Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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Author Biography: Steve Wiegand is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience at the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470436394
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wiegand, an award-winning political journalist and history writer for more than three decades, has been a reporter and columnist for the San Diego Evening Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Sacramento Bee. He has authored or coauthored a half-dozen books on world and U.S. history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
PART I: Getting There, Getting Settled, and Getting Free.
Chapter 1: Before the Beginning: 14,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492.
Chapter 2: Columbus Discovers the Bahamas: 1492-1607.
Chapter 3: Pilgrims' Progress: The English Colonies, 1607-1700.
Chapter 4: Old Grudges in a New World: 1700-1763.
Chapter 5: Revolting Developments: 1763-1775.
Chapter 6: Yankee Doodlin': 1775-1783.
Chapter 7: Blueprints and Birth Pains: 1783-1800.
PART II: Growing Pains.
Chapter 8: "Long Tom" Becomes President: 1800-1809.
Chapter 9: One Weird War: 1809-1815.
Chapter 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: 1815-1828.
Chapter 11: The Influences of Andrew Jackson: 1829-1844.
Chapter 12: War, Gold, and a Gathering Storm: 1845-1860.
Chapter 13: A Most Uncivil War: 1861-1865.
Chapter 14: Putting It Back Together: 1865-1876.
PART III: Coming of Age.
Chapter 15: Growing Up: 1876-1898.
Chapter 16: Growing Out: 1899-1918.
Chapter 17: Bathtub Gin, Jazz, and Lucky Lindy: 1919-1929.
Chapter 18: Uncle Sam's Depressed: 1930-1940.
Chapter 19: The World at War: 1941-1945.
PART IV: America in Adulthood.
Chapter 20: The Fast Fifties: 1946-1960.
Chapter 21: Camelot to Watergate: 1961-1974.
Chapter 22: Hold the Malaise, or Ayatollah So: 1975-1992.
Chapter 23: The Future is Now: 1993-2000.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: The 10 Best — and 10 Worst — Presidents.
Chapter 25: Ten Historical Events That ProbablyNever Happened.
Chapter 26: Ten Inventions That Changed Life as We Know It.
Chapter 27: Ten Events That Defined American Culture.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Preamble to the United States Constitution.
Appendix B: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution.
Appendix C: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix D: The Gettysburg Address.
Index.
Book Registration Information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    I bought this book to learn more about the US history. For me as

    I bought this book to learn more about the US history. For me as a foreigner it was all I needed. Simple and interesting written. You get a whole picture, a story, not dry facts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Well written and well researched

    I found that this history book was well researched and well-written. It has a new perspective of US History which I've never read before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

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    Good for Dummies

    This book is a very good book. Very stimulating. Great for learning about our country's history. For an 8th grader like me it is a great study tool. Very easy to understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    To the person that was wondering that kids learn about this...

    I think so too bc you could learn about this in a soical studies book! BECAUSE IT IS A BOOK THAT HAS 100% OF HISTORY IN IT! YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU WERE A KID ADULTS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Don't you learn this stuff in school?

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