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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: 22.9 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #500,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 way for her to learn the basics. Unfortunately, I found this book to be highly subjective and slanted toward the left. It's a shame because the author is effective in presenting this historical overview in a light, fun manner. If only his ideology hadn't interfered...
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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. This is no pussy-cat history, declawed and toned down with an eye to being totally inoffensive. This is fun to read -- and you'll learn something while you're at it. Great supplement for teachers seeking to spice up the curriculum a bit and engage their students.
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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 JohnnyBoy on Nov. 13 2001
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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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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. I wouldn't reccomend this book to anyone over the age of 10!
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