A History of US is a 10-volume, award-winning series about the birth and development of the United States. Master storyteller and lifelong student of American history Joy Hakim takes readers from 9 to 99 on a breathtaking journey, from the Ice Age to the 21st century.
©1993 Joy Hakim; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
Unfortunately I purchased the First Americans only to find out it is written at about a seventh grade level. I believe this should be noted in the book description.
I have read and listened to alot of history books. I have rarely found one more enjoyable. I loved the way the writer explains everything. After listening to just the first 15 minutes I found myself wanting to get my kids to listen with me. This is history for all ages.
My son has another view of history now. Not a boring view, but a colorful, exciting, living veiw. This is how history is meant to be learned. Joy Hakim deserves much thanks.
Another reviewer said that Hakim's history series (10 books) are for kids. True, but her books are also for adults who are not Ph.D. historians - that means just about everyone.
A great read - a great listen. Hakim has a way of making the various periods of history come alive like the best soap operas on TV. Tantalizing looks are the warts and all of the historical figures that shaped our past. Highly recommend Hakim for "kids" of all ages.
You are in for a treat with this series. A History of US makes our history come alive. The book is well written and thought provoking. Not just for kids!!!! Take the time to learn about American History, you will not be sorry.
Interesting subject matter, however upon listening I discovered this book was written for kids. Don't expect too much from this book if you are an adult.
As a couple of others have said, this is definitely for kids - and probably youngish ones at that. As a Brit, I was hoping for the US equivalent of This Sceptred Isle, but instead got the sort of thing I last read in junior school.
A quaint chronological history on the peoples on the American continents and the European colonization up to 1600....it is an educational text (written to be used in a classroom setting) so some of the colloquialisms take a little getting used to.
American textbook history is mashed up and watered down to the point that US kids come out of the system with a loathing for what should be a lifelong interest. As Hakim herself states in the epilogue, textbook history is so boring that it could be (and is) taught backwards with no worse outcome!
Hakim preserves the inherent fascination of history for children by focusing on the stories and the people, fleshing them out with humanizing details (Queen Elizabeth had rotten teeth that she tried to whiten daily with sugar)! Her imagery is lively and her writing is plain. She doesn't shy away from a bit of editorializing to appropriately frame an event. (i.e., cannibalism, genocide, failed adventures, etc). While it's clearly written for children, it's been fun for me to listen and fill in the fuzzy parts of my own education.
I intend to use it as the backbone of a home school history curriculum for an eighth grader and I'm confident that Hakim's books can turn a dread of the topic into a passion!
This book was written so that all ages can follow along and learn.
I like the way it is written in story form instead of usual textbook style.
I plan to buy the whole series for my family to listen to as we drive on road trips and every day errands.
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