U.S. History For Dummies Paperback – Mar 1 2001
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Filled with fascinating trivia and lore not found in textbooks
People, places, and dates with a dash of fun history will never be the same! Don't know much about history? Don't worry! With this friendly reference, you can bone up on all those facts you missed in history class and have a good time in the bargain. From the Revolution to the Civil War, from the Great Depression to the Cold War, this is history the way it ought to be fresh, memorable, and fun.
Discover how to: Astound friends with fun facts about the Founding Fathers Understand terms like "Manifest Destiny" Get a grip on the legacy of slavery Impress your family with Civil War lore Put current events in historical context
The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun
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About the Author
Steve Wiegand is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience at the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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Top Customer Reviews
I feel that it's inappropriate to title and market this book as an objective and unbiased book on US History. I do, however, give the book two stars because the subject matter is so fascinating.
For instance, in the list of the ten worst presidents, Richard Nixon is number two because "he disgraced the office, and would be No. 1 on this list except that he actually had some far-sighted environmental and foreign policies." On the other hand, Bill Clinton, who wasn't listed as one of the ten worst presidents, was merely the victim of "a series of mini-scandals at the White House," which eventually led to "the Republican-controlled House of Representatives vot[ing] to bring impeachment charges against Clinton."
There is no history here.
Most recent customer reviews
Having been asked by a European friend for a book recommendation to learn the nuts and bolts of American history, I gave this book a pre-read with the idea that it might be a fun... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003
Steve Wiegand has a voice and he's not afraid to use it. It's wonderful to read a general history book with a little edge, a little attitude, and a lot of humor. Read morePublished on May 1 2003
I found this book to be a great refresher for all of the facts I had learned about US History in high school and had since forgotten. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001
This book was more of a fun fact book than a history book. The author fills the book with information not relevant to important history, and skimps on the important stuff. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2001