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Don't Know Much About History (1990)

by Kenneth C. Davis

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I didn't want to persist with this. Every since I read Lemony Snicket's discourse on the subject, I get annoyed by this misuse of "literally". In other way the history was a bit too casual. ( )
  themulhern | Apr 10, 2017 |
Poorly written, biased, and didn't live up to it's title - quite a bad book. ( )
  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
A concise review of history. Delightful to review recent history for the 70's through 2002 as well. Well worth the time! ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
This is a great, general book about US history even for adults. It quickly covers the important points of US history. It also has an amazing bibliography. ( )
  KamGeb | May 14, 2015 |
This was a truly revelling historical book to the history of America and all the missing parts to the school education textbooks. To where it has described the lives and political opinions of our founding fathers and presidents. Also the wars that came along with the revolutionary war and the civil war in the following 100 years. To a more modern explanation of our history it went in depth into that cold and world wars. Also the branches of our political system and rules of law.
One thing I personally found interesting was the Boston tea party. Yes a common historical event, but an untrue full one at that. The basic story has been told that the British raised the taxes on tea, yet the real reason was that the taxes were lowered. Surprising, but the taxes previously were collected and instated by the colonialist against the taxes. So the British lowered them yes, but sent in their own troops to enforce the taxes that were lowered. The colonist jobs were, in majority, tea smugglers or black marketers for tea. So when the British started in forcing the taxes and controlled the black-market there was a sudden rapid downfall in jobs and cash flow. Thoughs events eventually led to the Boston tea party. As shown this book covered all the branches of American history from early to modern, and an educational read. ( )
  claytond.g1 | Oct 30, 2014 |
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Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hayon, SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Please do not combine this work with Don't Know Much About American History, a children's book of 224 pages. This work is Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History, But Never Learned, an adult book of 462 pages. The content is quite different.
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From Columbus' voyage to the Iran-Contra affair, author Kenneth C Davis carries the reader on a rollicking ride through 600 years of Americana. With wit, candor, and fascinating facts, he explodes long-held myths and misconceptions - reveal the very human side of history that the textbooks neglect.
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Finally, someone who tells history like it was, without the old textbook gloss that's put so many students into premature naptime and misinformed the few who stayed awake. Davis corrects the myths and misconceptions from Columbus up through the Clinton administration, and shows that truth is more entertaining than propaganda.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER : From the arrival of Columbus through the bizarre election of 2000 and beyond, Davis carries readers on a rollicking ride through more than 500 years of American history. In this updated edition of the classic anti-textbook, he debunks, recounts, and serves up the real story behind the myths and fallacies of American history.… (more)

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