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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® 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 9/11and 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."

Published: HarperCollins on Jun 21, 2011
ISBN: 9780062092212
List price: $10.99
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A good informational read about all things westward. The book tells readers about the Pioneers who traveled to the west and the things they encountered there. The book tells readers about the Pioneers, the Lewis and Clarke expeditions, the Mountain Men, and the Oregon Gold Rush. Readers will get a little information regarding all of these topics and more. I liked the format of this book because it gave readers the opportunity to read a little at a time. Each spread contains three to four questions which they follow up with detailed answers. This is a good book for readers wanting to learn more about the covered wagon days in America’s history. This book was written to interest children in grades 3-6 and is on a 5.9 reading level.read more
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for trivia lovers, lots of books by Kenneth C. Davis for children and adults.They all begin with Don't Know Much About...read more
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A compilation of important facts in our country's history. Each fact has a perspective or details that were probably not taught to you in school, unless you had a really cool history teach. A worthwhile read.read more
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A good informational read about all things westward. The book tells readers about the Pioneers who traveled to the west and the things they encountered there. The book tells readers about the Pioneers, the Lewis and Clarke expeditions, the Mountain Men, and the Oregon Gold Rush. Readers will get a little information regarding all of these topics and more. I liked the format of this book because it gave readers the opportunity to read a little at a time. Each spread contains three to four questions which they follow up with detailed answers. This is a good book for readers wanting to learn more about the covered wagon days in America’s history. This book was written to interest children in grades 3-6 and is on a 5.9 reading level.
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for trivia lovers, lots of books by Kenneth C. Davis for children and adults.They all begin with Don't Know Much About...
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A compilation of important facts in our country's history. Each fact has a perspective or details that were probably not taught to you in school, unless you had a really cool history teach. A worthwhile read.
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Lots of interesting facts and annecdotes, but Davis definitely has his own point of view about the events of history, the actors and what it all means. I personally thought Davis was much to hard and negative about Hawthorne.
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An engaging and amusing overview with consistent depth across time. Somewhat over emphasizing certain political aspects. Not exactly left-leaning, but definitely highlighting environmental and racial issues.
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Another addition to Davis's "Don't Know Much" series. He's updated his looks at some of the questions and myths surrounding American history. As with all his books, it is an excellent starting point for serious learning about the topic, and he includes a number of books to read for further investigation of interesting topics.
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