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Don't Know Much About History (1990)

by Kenneth C. Davis

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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. ( )
  claytondonhauser | Sep 16, 2014 |
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Social Studies Standards
1.1 Significant events and themes in United States history
• Identify and examine local connections to significant events and themes in United States history (American Revolution, Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Civil Rights Movement, WWI, WWII, 9/11)
• Recognize and evaluate the significance of historical national documents (e.g. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Civic Literacy NCSS 3 “People. Places, and Environments” NCSS 6 “Power, Authority, ( )
  AnikaWalker | Dec 3, 2011 |
A friendly question-and-answer format with entertaining answers about American history from Columbus to Clinton. The post-Watergate coverage is pretty slim, but at that point it could probably be assumed that most readers remembered those years clearly. (There is an updated version, but my copy was printed in 1995.) I learned quite a bit about those bits we skipped in school, like the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Though it could not replace a traditional history course, since there is an assumption that you know enough basic information to ask the questions being answered, it is an excellent refresher for those who have long since forgotten the names and dates they learned in school. Like most good popular history books, it brings out the human side of history, turning the names into people and the dates into actions with consequences. ( )
1 vote melydia | Aug 16, 2010 |
A brilliant written book on our nation's history. It is very informative and easy to read as, most history books are long and drawn out this book is entertaining and riveting. ( )
  ThomasPaine | Aug 5, 2010 |
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. ( )
  Diwanna | Aug 3, 2010 |
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Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hayon, SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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