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.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
Very enjoyable -- certainly one of the better nonfiction books accessible to middle school children.
This is hard to answer for a nonfiction book like this. I will say that the treatment of the explorers and conquistadors was evenhanded, and this may be the first time I've got the latter straight in my mind as opposed to lumping them all together.
She's an excellent narrator but again this question is a bit hard to answer in this context. I will say that it is wonderful to have such a good reader for a nonfiction book. The flow is lively, and my 10 year old was happy to listen it, for which I credit in large part her energetic delivery.
Certainly the impact that the European contact had on the native peoples is a sobering set of stories from our history. Although it was clearly described and not hidden, it also was handled in a manner appropriate for the middle school audience.
One particularly nice aspect of listening to nonfiction like this is that the child listening doesn't have to stumble over unfamiliar historical names as he would with reading, and even better, hears them pronounced correctly.
I greatly enjoyed listening to it as well, and learned (or relearned) things in the listening despite majoring in history in college. It could certainly be an enjoyable way for an adult to brush up on his or her history knowledge.
Another aspect I appreciated in that it has a moderate bent. Although all history has bias, so much that's out there (especially for kids and teens) has a strong leaning to the left or right. This doesn't, which is refreshing.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
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!
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