The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History
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Do you know America? No, I mean, do you REALLY know America? Would you recognize John Adams in a lineup? Can you identify any presidents between Lincoln and Roosevelt?
Hmmm. I thought so.
Well, you really need this book.
Not only will it improve your sorry historical knowledge, it will crack you up, and give you material to throw your teachers off-balance for entire class periods. Identify their lies! Point out their half-truths! And possibly, just possibly, gain some extra credit for yourself.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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I had to read this book for an English assignment. I really enjoyed the book. One of the only ones I actually didn't mind reading.
There are some very readable passages in this book but I’m afraid it prioritizes the comedic, sweeping statement over actually relating events. I don’t mind if something is toungue-in-cheek but don’t attempt to be definitive and glib at the same time. I also strongly object to the book’s habit of glossing over long segments of US history and then commenting that nothing important actually happened. It really feels lazy. Also, and this might be the most damning thing I can say, the humor falls flat more often than not. If you want history for kids with a comedic twist, try Horrible Histories and leave this one on the shelf.
This book is highly informative and funny. It fostered my love for history and often find myself quoting in. This is my favorite book
- Category: History
- Published: Dec 22, 2009
- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English