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Don't Know Much About American History | [Kenneth C. Davis]

Don't Know Much About American History

In his trademark question-and-answer style, Davis introduces our ancestors who settled the East and expanded the West, as well as those who had been living here all along. His sure touch brings the drama and excitement of the American story vividly to life.
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Publisher's Summary

As best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis knows, history can be fun, fascinating, and memorable. When his Don't Know Much About History was published in 1990, it was a sensation. The book delivered a fresh take on history with its wit and unusual detail. Davis now does for young people what his earlier book did for adults. In his trademark question-and-answer style Davis introduces our ancestors who settled the East and expanded the West, as well as those who had been living here all along. His sure touch brings the drama and excitement of the American story vividly to life.

© 2003 Kenneth C. Davis; (P) 2003 Random House, Inc.

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    Mark Allen, TX, USA 02-29-04
    Mark Allen, TX, USA 02-29-04
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    "An enjoyable look into our past"

    I decided to try this "book" since it is much shorter than the more general History version by this same author. I have always been interested in our history but could never deal with the dry, educational texts. The question and answer format of this audio book was very enjoyable. The author bounces between historical people (e.g. Washington, Lincoln, Patrick Henry, etc.), events (e.g. Revolutionary war, Civil War, prohibition, etc.), and other short topics. It became less interesting as he moved into more recent events, but overall it was well worth the listen.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12
    Jess boulder, CO, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Don't Know Much About American History?

    The simplicity


    Any additional comments?

    I also boughtDon't know much about Hisrory, which is more for adults, but I found this kid friendly version easier to follow and memorize. My son really liks it, and is able to recall details after listening. he wasn't able to do that with "Don't Know Much about History.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 12-10-07
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 12-10-07
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    "One Date After Another"

    The book gives too many details too quickly for an audio listener. It is one quick fact, date, person, or birth and death after another. I had expected and would have enjoyed more anecdotes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa Union City, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 10-06-10
    Alexa Union City, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 10-06-10
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    "Worth it!"

    Keeps our American history fresh in your mind! Nice voice, keeps you engaged!
    A wonderful tool for a SS teacher or a LA teacher, great way to preface a novel based in American history.

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