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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (Feb. 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455249X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552496
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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........if you are like me, and are embarrassed by your lack of knowledge in American History, than this book is a must for you! It reads easily and covers every major event occurring on the land area of the United States from the civilizations who first lived here, to the discovery of the Americas by Europeans to the present day. The writing style is great because it is not the typical way of teaching history where one just memorizes names, dates and events. Wiegand makes every attempt to show the relationships between those names, dates and events in their complexity and that's what holds the story of the history of our country together. He also makes every effort to show different angles of a given event, highlighting the sometimes not so pretty history of our country that you didn't find as a kid in your history book. He also writes in a manner that cannot be deemed particularly PC or anti-PC or particularly conservative or liberal, hence this book is an enjoyable read that covers different views and will only potentially be offensive to those who routinely view events as blank and white and good vs. bad. Overall this book is enjoyable and informative.
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By A Customer on Dec 2 2003
Format: Paperback
Potential readers should know that this book presents US History from a far-left viewpoint. For example, the author suggests that the British held the moral high ground during the Revolutionary War and that the colonists were lucky to win, and that the colonists were primarily a group of incompetent zealots who wanted new territory in which to practice their bigotry and intolerance. He even fringes on being revisionist when he subscribes to the very obscure notion that Davy Crockett didn't really die in defense of the Alamo. The author states early on his view that American history as we know it has been too heavily influenced by writers of European ancestry, and that his is an effort to "set the record straight".
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.
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There is nothing worse than a book that purports to be nonfiction, but that, instead, pushes an agenda. U.S. History for Dummies suffers from so much liberal bias, that I don't feel I can trust any of the author's "factual" statements.
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.
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By A Customer on May 24 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent overview of U.S. history from the original migration of the first Americans across the Bering strait to the present. On many occasion you have to laugh out loud at the way some of it is presented. My 8 year old kid started reading the book after seeing me have such a good time. The book is also intriguing. The author points out that native Ameicans probably crossed over into the Americas from Asia into the US across what today would be Alska. It also seems intuitive when you look at a map of the Western united states and the Pacific. He then goes on to point out that the Majority of native Americans today have a completely different blood-type from most Asians today which strongly indicates the presence of other groups in the Americas during the same period.
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By A Customer on May 17 2001
Format: Paperback
First let me say that I am by no means an expert on histoy (thats why I bought the book!). I feel the author is too opinionated on the events and people for a basic history book(if thats what this book is suppose to be). He also talks about people and events that are not (at least in my opinion) very important in the big picture of U.S.history. I just wanted a book that gave me the basic dates, places and people, not that this book doesn't give this but I felt the author just gave me too much of his bias on history. I'am not saying don't buy the book just know what your getting.
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By JohnnyBoy on Nov. 12 2001
Format: Paperback
I was very pleased to find a new type of book that teaches the basics without all the unnecesary details. Not having a scholarly type of interest in history, I found this book to be educational and fun to read. History is a very dry subject for most people and the author's humor was very entertaining. If you are looking for material for a dissertation, go to the library. Pick any history book because they all contain the same information. If you want to learn about American History by someone not afraid to offend others with the truth, you'll love this book!
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