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Modeled after those bedside books of prayer and contemplation that millions turn to for daily spiritual guidance and growth, the national bestseller The Intellectual Devotional—offering secular wisdom and cerebral nourishment—drew a year's worth of readings from seven different fields of knowledge. In The Intellectual Devotional: American History, authors David S. Kidder a Modeled after those bedside books of prayer and contemplation that millions turn to for daily spiritual guidance and growth, the national bestseller The Intellectual Devotional—offering secular wisdom and cerebral nourishment—drew a year's worth of readings from seven different fields of knowledge. In The Intellectual Devotional: American History, authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have turned to the rich legacy of American history for their selections. From Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from the Federalist Papers to Watergate, the giant figures, cultural touchstones, and pivotal events in our national heritage provide a bountiful source of reflection and education that will refresh knowledge, revitalize the mind, and open new horizons of intellectual discovery.


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Modeled after those bedside books of prayer and contemplation that millions turn to for daily spiritual guidance and growth, the national bestseller The Intellectual Devotional—offering secular wisdom and cerebral nourishment—drew a year's worth of readings from seven different fields of knowledge. In The Intellectual Devotional: American History, authors David S. Kidder a Modeled after those bedside books of prayer and contemplation that millions turn to for daily spiritual guidance and growth, the national bestseller The Intellectual Devotional—offering secular wisdom and cerebral nourishment—drew a year's worth of readings from seven different fields of knowledge. In The Intellectual Devotional: American History, authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim have turned to the rich legacy of American history for their selections. From Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King Jr., from the Federalist Papers to Watergate, the giant figures, cultural touchstones, and pivotal events in our national heritage provide a bountiful source of reflection and education that will refresh knowledge, revitalize the mind, and open new horizons of intellectual discovery.

30 review for The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation’s Past

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Short one-page history information in 5 different fields of knowledge. Easy to read one or two a day. I really enjoyed reading these history snippets especially those in the past 50 years, making me realize I lived through many historical events. If you want a refresher of history in an accessible way, try this book. Note: it has a liberal bias.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liza Gilbert

    What a fabulous book. I have never loved history more. I did not spend the 365 days recommended to read this book - one entry per day. I plowed through it. I was constantly fascinated by what topics and issues the authors chose to highlight in American history (but I'm very glad I've finished with the many, many entries on the Civil War). Let me send out a heart-felt apology to the people who work and live along side me who had to hear, day after day, "Did you know...?" I'm still massively creepe What a fabulous book. I have never loved history more. I did not spend the 365 days recommended to read this book - one entry per day. I plowed through it. I was constantly fascinated by what topics and issues the authors chose to highlight in American history (but I'm very glad I've finished with the many, many entries on the Civil War). Let me send out a heart-felt apology to the people who work and live along side me who had to hear, day after day, "Did you know...?" I'm still massively creeped out that one of our presidents applied to be in the Ku Klux Klan. I wish history had been presented like this in high school or even college. I was constantly entertained by what I was learning, and I feel like this book did a better job teaching me overall American history than any course I've ever had. Bravo! or, as they said back in the day, Huzzah!

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Schroeder

    Among students in the United States, American History is often the worst tested subject because it is taught in typically a dry way forcing people to remember facts and dates without storytelling. People remember history and its lessons by consistent reading and understanding. I had never read such a well-written daily book on American History until now. It is a fantastic gift and perfect for starting out your year the right way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    This is a very accessible history of the United States from when the first colonists arrived through the 1980s (with a few references to events up to the book's publication in 2007). Some of the information was a review and some of it was new, and it was almost always interestingly presented. The short articles were just enough for an overview of the topics. Some topics were covered in multiple entries, but some, especially towards the end, were somewhat superficial. For a book like this, howeve This is a very accessible history of the United States from when the first colonists arrived through the 1980s (with a few references to events up to the book's publication in 2007). Some of the information was a review and some of it was new, and it was almost always interestingly presented. The short articles were just enough for an overview of the topics. Some topics were covered in multiple entries, but some, especially towards the end, were somewhat superficial. For a book like this, however, brevity trumps detail. I'm not versed in history to know how accurate the entries are, but for what I knew from school, they seemed pretty good, without obvious biases. The only time I detected real bias was with the way the male reader used a sarcastic tone for the entry on Michael Jackson. Otherwise, the two readers, alternating male and female, kept their voices calm and conversational. It was an easy book to listen to. The organization of the book sometimes meant that the overall history was not strictly linear in time, but I didn't find the time jumps back and forth confusing, as the topics were generally in a logical order.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The Intellectual Devotional: American History was our favorite book in the Intellectual Devotional series by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim. The reading took a little over a year, beginning in September 2016 and ending in November 2017. My husband and I have read the entire series together, a page or two at a time. While not entirely accurate, the American History devotional gave us a lot to talk about. It put much of the political trauma of 2016-17 into perspective. Reading through the d The Intellectual Devotional: American History was our favorite book in the Intellectual Devotional series by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim. The reading took a little over a year, beginning in September 2016 and ending in November 2017. My husband and I have read the entire series together, a page or two at a time. While not entirely accurate, the American History devotional gave us a lot to talk about. It put much of the political trauma of 2016-17 into perspective. Reading through the devotional, it’s apparent that our country has had some pretty bad leaders and a lot of political turmoil in the past. Since it was written in 2007, the book is not entirely up to date. Despite that, we found the book to be a great shared reading that led to some very interesting discussions. I’d definitely recommend the entire Intellectual Devotional series, particularly for shared reading experiences.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    About a year ago, I started reading a daily entry from this book which is organized by topics: Monday--Politics & Leadership; Tuesday--War & Peace; Wednesday--Rights & Reform; Thursday--Business; Friday--Building America; Saturday--Literature; Sunday--Arts. It was a quick and easy way to expand my general knowledge in subject areas that I don’t often explore. Some days I would seek further information or look at photos and paintings by going to Wikipedia. A number of times I added a book or two to About a year ago, I started reading a daily entry from this book which is organized by topics: Monday--Politics & Leadership; Tuesday--War & Peace; Wednesday--Rights & Reform; Thursday--Business; Friday--Building America; Saturday--Literature; Sunday--Arts. It was a quick and easy way to expand my general knowledge in subject areas that I don’t often explore. Some days I would seek further information or look at photos and paintings by going to Wikipedia. A number of times I added a book or two to my library or my Amazon wish list as a result of a mention in the day's entry. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience, however, a couple of times I have recognized or suspected inaccuracies in the information, so I learned to check out a few entries that I was skeptical about. Many reviewers complain about the small print in the hardback edition and I agree wholeheartedly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jon Mellberg

    First rate, bite-site American history that’s fun and easy to read! 365 examples broken down in 7 fields of knowledge (politics & leadership, war & peace, rights & freedom, business, building America, literature, and arts). The book is well-laid out, and early knowledge is again referenced and built upon throughout, tying everything together into a more cohesive look at our American past. It fails as an effective daily devotional only in that it is simply too intriguing to read only once per day First rate, bite-site American history that’s fun and easy to read! 365 examples broken down in 7 fields of knowledge (politics & leadership, war & peace, rights & freedom, business, building America, literature, and arts). The book is well-laid out, and early knowledge is again referenced and built upon throughout, tying everything together into a more cohesive look at our American past. It fails as an effective daily devotional only in that it is simply too intriguing to read only once per day; I received this as a Christmas gift and had it completed within two months; I will be re-reading this… several more times!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jake London

    Good, not great. Granted, a devotional is difficult to produce, since it needs both well-chosen and well-edited entries. While Kidder chose his topics wisely, the editing and content of each reading varies widely from outstanding to afterthought. Overall, something light to read each night before bed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pete Iseppi

    I thought, one page a day, that's doable before nodding off. Well, it's hard to put this book down if you're a history buff. Many entries you will know all about. Some entries you have heard about, but forgotten. Some entries will be new to you. This is an excellent book that you can read over the long haul, or in big bunches. Highly recommended!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Jean meneses

    Have read all three history volumes of The Intellectual Devotional. It's a great concept and a fun read. First published in 2007, an updated edition of the American History book is long overdue. Could be enriched with Further Reading bibliography.

  11. 4 out of 5

    CJ Spear

    Tidbits of American history every night is nice. However, most of the passages left my brain as quickly as they entered.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Hedgecoth

    Great book that covers a large range of American figures and events; the best part, this book does not skirt away from the darker sides of America’s past.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is an interesting and fun read with different topics on US History. Im still reading it. It's the type of book you read a snipett or two a day.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    Who needs history class, this audio book is US History Tour De Force. It covers it all, from the discovery of the new world to the TV show "The Simpson's." Mexican - American War: Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams were the only 2 people to vote against the war. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant fought in this war. The US originally offered Mexico $30 million for just Texas (I think or maybe it was California), but Mexico said "no." So the war happen, and US ended up with California, Nevada, Uta Who needs history class, this audio book is US History Tour De Force. It covers it all, from the discovery of the new world to the TV show "The Simpson's." Mexican - American War: Abraham Lincoln and John Quincy Adams were the only 2 people to vote against the war. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant fought in this war. The US originally offered Mexico $30 million for just Texas (I think or maybe it was California), but Mexico said "no." So the war happen, and US ended up with California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Mexico did get paid, but only $15 million and after US Army seized Mexico City. Henry Ford best known in history for launching the car industry, but what you do not hear in history class was his views. He was anti-Semitic, and so much so, that he would send pamphlets to the dealerships distributing anti-Semitic literature. In addition, he purchased a newspaper which published more anti-Semitic literature. Also, Ford received medal from the Nazi's. Did you know that Cary Grant real name is Archibald Alec Leach and that he is from England. John F. Kennedy. Do you know that he beat Richard Nixon to become President? As President, he took on the Mafia (w/Bobby Kennedy), authorized CIA to kill Castro, started the Vietnam War to stop communisms, and started the space program to put man on the moon. Las Vegas Gambling was started by the mafia. A gangster from LA, took some money to Las Vegas and opens a Casino. At the start the Casino was actually losing money, so the mafia had him fired... literally. The Louisiana Purchase. Thomas Jefferson just wanted to purchase New Orleans, but because of France War with England, France sold him all their territory to help fund their war. I was fascinated to learn that Webster Dictionary was written in the US, and the author is responsible for some of the differences between US English and British English. Example, British spelling of "Colour" and the US spelling "Color". Benedict Arnold was a General in the US Army, and was responsible for the key victory at Saratoga. However, what is more interesting is that he has monument in his honor for that battle, but because of him becoming a traitor (trying to give WestPoint to the British), the monument makes no mention of his name. The Simpson’s was first started as short sketches in 1987. There is just so much info in this Audio Book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kayce

    A fun (and random) selection for me, I checked this book out at the library to learn some trivia about American history. Many of the topics were familiar to me, but there were fun facts and interesting tidbits compiled in this book. This is designed like a daily devotional, with 365 entries so you have one to read every day of the year. The book even comes with that glossy ribbon place holder (a.k.a. bookmark) that you’ll also find in Bibles. The Intellectual Devotionals are available in differen A fun (and random) selection for me, I checked this book out at the library to learn some trivia about American history. Many of the topics were familiar to me, but there were fun facts and interesting tidbits compiled in this book. This is designed like a daily devotional, with 365 entries so you have one to read every day of the year. The book even comes with that glossy ribbon place holder (a.k.a. bookmark) that you’ll also find in Bibles. The Intellectual Devotionals are available in different topics to (as the cover says), “Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently…” Entries from seven fields of knowledge are available on: Health, Modern Culture, Biographies, and the original Intellectual Devotional. On the New York Times Bestseller list, these books are informative, interesting, educational, and well-written. Here, a few nuggets of information you may (or may not) already have known: * Thomas Jefferson grew 31 kinds of fruit in his orchards at Monticello, including figs, peaches, cherries, and grapes. * More than 40 universities operate in the greater Boston area, making it the center of American higher education. * Benjamin Franklin is the only American who signed all three of the key founding documents of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolution, and the Constitution. * When he agreed to lead the Continental army in 1775, George Washington declined a salary, asking only that Congress reimburse his expenses. * Although Central Park is probably the most famous park in the United States, it was not the first; that distinction belongs to Boston Common, which opened in roughly 1634. * A 700-pound monument to barbed wire in McLean, Texas, is composed of two balls of barbed wire. * During wartime, men who could prove a religious or moral objection to all war, not just the war being fought, could avoid military service by earning classification as a “conscientious objector.” * When Cornelius Vanderbilt died, his estate, worth more than $100 million, exceeded the holdings of the United States Treasury. If you are an American history buff, if you need to brush up on your American history, if you enjoy learning facts and trivia, then I’d recommend this book for you. Read one, read them all, the Intellectual Devotional books are valuable resources! 4/5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Stretching across seven different categories, Kidder & Oppenheim have provided a day-by-day journey through our country’s history that sometimes comments on the profound moments of our nation, sometimes the sublime, and sometimes the surreal. More than a day calendar, but less than a full treatise on each topic, this ‘Intellectual Devotional’ has been well worth the yearlong trip. Often, these pieces are written in a scholarly nature, but are most enjoyable when the authors choose to flex a litt Stretching across seven different categories, Kidder & Oppenheim have provided a day-by-day journey through our country’s history that sometimes comments on the profound moments of our nation, sometimes the sublime, and sometimes the surreal. More than a day calendar, but less than a full treatise on each topic, this ‘Intellectual Devotional’ has been well worth the yearlong trip. Often, these pieces are written in a scholarly nature, but are most enjoyable when the authors choose to flex a little sense of humor and deviate from pure expositive writing. In the entry for the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, great care was taken to describe the brilliance and impact of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, but also contained this fantastic tidbit in the additional facts: 1. Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs (1969-) starred in the 2004 revival of ‘Raisin’. One unkind reviewer wrote that he acted “like a high school sophomore.” Necessary? – No. Hilarious? – You betcha. (Take dat, take dat…Puffy) Perhaps the most unintentionally (or intentionally?) hilarious sentence is contained within the page on Michael Jackson. After enumerating each of the magnificent accomplishments of Jackson’s early career, the authors efficiently divided the epochs of his life with six simple words, “And then Jackson starting getting weird.” Brilliant and quite unexpected in a book that details the greatest of American artists and nearly all the seminal events of our country’s evolution.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate S

    I did not read this book correctly; I read big chunks of it over the course of a week instead of one page a day for a year. I found it very interesting. A general overview of American History presented in short one page introductions to important and lesser known characters and events from our past. I will look for other Intellectual Devotionals.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Travis Hi.

    365 one-page entries on important American figures, events, and works of art. On the plus side, it covers a wide variety of subject matter. On the negative side, it covers a wide variety of subject matter--no one but the most omnivorously curious will be interested in everything covered (I skipped a few pages). And the entries covering things I already had an interest in failed to teach me anything new. Also, the editorial bent was strictly "conventional wisdom," which was kind of boring at time 365 one-page entries on important American figures, events, and works of art. On the plus side, it covers a wide variety of subject matter. On the negative side, it covers a wide variety of subject matter--no one but the most omnivorously curious will be interested in everything covered (I skipped a few pages). And the entries covering things I already had an interest in failed to teach me anything new. Also, the editorial bent was strictly "conventional wisdom," which was kind of boring at times and often frustrating for someone like me who thinks Ronald Reagon did way more harm than good (there's only a brief mention of his detracters' opinion of him). That said, I learned a lot--not enough to make me an expert on American history, but enough to follow along the next time someone discusses Mormonism or William Randolph Hearst. This happens all the time, right?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    This is a perfect way to learn more about American History in small, easy to read and digest portions. Everyday is a new snippet of information that is great for the novice just starting to learn more about the history of the United States, or for the history buff that enjoys a quick snapshot review of topics. The subject matter is divided into seven fields of knowledge: Politics & Leadership, War & Peace, Rights & Reform, Business, Building America, Literature and Arts. Each day is a different f This is a perfect way to learn more about American History in small, easy to read and digest portions. Everyday is a new snippet of information that is great for the novice just starting to learn more about the history of the United States, or for the history buff that enjoys a quick snapshot review of topics. The subject matter is divided into seven fields of knowledge: Politics & Leadership, War & Peace, Rights & Reform, Business, Building America, Literature and Arts. Each day is a different field of knowledge and as the book was published in 2007, it takes you through current events such as Hurricane Katrina from 2005. If you like this series, there are quite a few books in this series, such as modern culture and biographies. An additional recommendation is the magazine "Mental Floss". It is a bi-monthly publication full of interesting lessons and trivia.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Don

    In high school I, like most people, did the minimum amount necessary to pass my history and government classes. Since I've grown older i have learned to love history and find it fascinating to learn about the history of our country. This audio book takes you completely through all of American history from Columbus to now in short three minute topics, one daily for a year. I found their reporting fairly objective and extremely enlightening. The amount I learned about this country in such a short In high school I, like most people, did the minimum amount necessary to pass my history and government classes. Since I've grown older i have learned to love history and find it fascinating to learn about the history of our country. This audio book takes you completely through all of American history from Columbus to now in short three minute topics, one daily for a year. I found their reporting fairly objective and extremely enlightening. The amount I learned about this country in such a short time was great. With so many different topics it would be hard to comment on all of them but I did develop an appreciation for many of the historical figures I didn't even know or knew little about before this. Some of my new "historical heroes" are to name a few... Dwight d. Eisenhower , Susan B. Anthony, and Robert E Lee.

  21. 4 out of 5

    AuthorsOnTourLive!

    Along with David S. Kidder, Noah Oppenheim is the acclaimed author of The Intellectual Devotional series of books. Oppenheim and Kidder's new edition The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past, is a collection of 365 American history lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. We met Noah Oppenheim when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to Along with David S. Kidder, Noah Oppenheim is the acclaimed author of The Intellectual Devotional series of books. Oppenheim and Kidder's new edition The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past, is a collection of 365 American history lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader every day of the year. We met Noah Oppenheim when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to him talk about The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past here: http://www.authorsontourlive.com/?p=115

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This was a very interesting read, specifically because of its approach. The "one-a-day" approach to learning doesn't pile everything on you and force memorization. It simply allows you the time to engage one particular person or event and dwell on it throughout that 24 hours. That said...I read this one a little quicker as I was unable to stop at one page a day, but I'm looking forward to more in this set of intellectual devotionals. Only 4 stars because it seemed as though some of the entries w This was a very interesting read, specifically because of its approach. The "one-a-day" approach to learning doesn't pile everything on you and force memorization. It simply allows you the time to engage one particular person or event and dwell on it throughout that 24 hours. That said...I read this one a little quicker as I was unable to stop at one page a day, but I'm looking forward to more in this set of intellectual devotionals. Only 4 stars because it seemed as though some of the entries were repetitive as they referenced other entries, but if you only read one day at a time, maybe you wouldn't notice. Also...what's that saying, "those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it." Maybe there's something to that.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I really liked it. I wasn't able to really read one page each day. I would usually catch up and read a lot of entries in one sitting on the bus. As for the book itself, I really enjoyed it. You can really learn a lot. I like how they split up American history into seven different categories (politics, war & peace, literature, business, etc) to give a broad overview of what has shaped America. The author was very objective and tried to keep to the facts. If you're looking for meat, this isn't the b I really liked it. I wasn't able to really read one page each day. I would usually catch up and read a lot of entries in one sitting on the bus. As for the book itself, I really enjoyed it. You can really learn a lot. I like how they split up American history into seven different categories (politics, war & peace, literature, business, etc) to give a broad overview of what has shaped America. The author was very objective and tried to keep to the facts. If you're looking for meat, this isn't the best book. But it gives a broad overview and you can learn quite a bit. I'll probably re-read it next year.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aidar

    It was a good refresher on my factual understanding of American History focusing strictly on American Government, Politics, Reforms, Laws, Literature, Business, Art and Important figures that shaped America of what it is today. I've learned tremendous amount important facts that prolonged the American fight for social and racial rights. Understand-stood the sacrifices of the Founding Fathers. How America treated different issues and different people over the years, with negatives and positives. It was a good refresher on my factual understanding of American History focusing strictly on American Government, Politics, Reforms, Laws, Literature, Business, Art and Important figures that shaped America of what it is today. I've learned tremendous amount important facts that prolonged the American fight for social and racial rights. Understand-stood the sacrifices of the Founding Fathers. How America treated different issues and different people over the years, with negatives and positives. It is necessary for me to recalibrate my understanding of America Government going into a Political Science Major.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Radmacher

    I read one entry a day - just like a traditional devotional. The writing is informed, snappy and fascinating. Significant foot notes are often part of an entry. This daily effort is upgrading my conversational banter substantially. It was so much fun in the midst of angst-ridden conversation about the market instability and "today's economy" to insert a recently learned fact: wall street trading actually occurred outside the building until 1836. an enjoyable way to add to your knowledge base on I read one entry a day - just like a traditional devotional. The writing is informed, snappy and fascinating. Significant foot notes are often part of an entry. This daily effort is upgrading my conversational banter substantially. It was so much fun in the midst of angst-ridden conversation about the market instability and "today's economy" to insert a recently learned fact: wall street trading actually occurred outside the building until 1836. an enjoyable way to add to your knowledge base on a daily basis. I started on January 1.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Finally! It took me almost nine months to read this freaking book! You are supposed to read just one page per day, but I found I could read three or four at a sitting. Essentially, each page is about an aspect of American history, divided up in to seven categories: war and peace, arts and entertainment, economics, presidents, etc. The book was very well written and interesting; I learned a lot that I didn't know, and refreshed my memory about much I had forgotten. If you like history, this is a Finally! It took me almost nine months to read this freaking book! You are supposed to read just one page per day, but I found I could read three or four at a sitting. Essentially, each page is about an aspect of American history, divided up in to seven categories: war and peace, arts and entertainment, economics, presidents, etc. The book was very well written and interesting; I learned a lot that I didn't know, and refreshed my memory about much I had forgotten. If you like history, this is a great way to read a little each day. Quite enjoyable...and I finished four months early.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Great book! I didn't use it as a devotional, I just read it all the through. It was very easy to read, I actually had trouble putting it down. Many of the topics covered were familiar, but it was a good review and I was able to research areas I wanted to know more about - great for filling in "gaps" in your education (or memory). I would recommend this to anyone who is not confident in their knowledge of history - not for history buffs because the topics are pretty basic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    For about 4 years I have had this book in my nightstand drawer. From time to time I pick it up and read a page. It's so great because in one page I learn (or most of the time re-learn from highschool) about a major event/person in American history. My attention span for history lessons is that of a mouse so these one page synopsis lessons are perfect for me. I recommend this book for anyone looking for quick "cocktail party" knowledge.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barrie

    I really enjoyed this book. It's like reading Wikipedia for American History. My only wish is that they did more current events (like I don't recall any mention of The Challenger or mention of Bill Clinton, but they definitely did other events in the 90s--which is where this book seems to cut off). Glad we actually own this book as it's something I could see reading to Luca once a night or at the dinner table when he's ready to talk about other things besides poop and bad guys.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eric Eickhoff

    Basically the book is a daily reading on one aspect of American history. There are 7 topics that are discussed, including business, politics, and wars/battles, et al. It is a great way to learn more about American history and brush up on all those things you once learned about in high school and college.

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