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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

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by Kenneth C. Davis
 

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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®

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 9/11 and 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."

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
First published two decades ago, this challenge to our failing knowledge about American history's basics launched the resoundingly popular "Don't Know Much About" series and has sold 1.6 million copies to date. This anniversary edition updates the text with information on 9/11, Obama's election, and more. With a 60,000-copy first printing; sure to be in demand.
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:
9780061960536
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Series:
Don't Know Much About Series
Edition description:
Anniversary
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
533,687
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

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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Don't Know Much about History, Anniversary Edition 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Deuel More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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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.