Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

by Kenneth C Davis

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Overview

More than 1.6 million copies sold!

Who really discovered America? What was "the shot heard 'round the world"?

9/11: What really happened? How did America elect its first black president?

From the arrival of Columbus through the historic election of Barack Obama and beyond, Davis carries readers on a rollicking ride through more than five hundred years of American history. In this newly revised, expanded, and updated edition of the classic anti-textbook, he debunks, recounts, and serves up the real story behind the myths and fallacies of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061960543
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: Don't Know Much About Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 60,363
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)

About 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.

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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Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good reading in timeline or as a reference.
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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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This game just wast your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.