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U.S. History For Dummies [Paperback]

Steve Wiegand
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29 May 2009 For Dummies
Now revised–the friendly, easy–to–understand guide to the story of America Since the publication of first edition of U.S. History For Dummies, significant events have reshaped thoughts about everything from oil consumption to mortgages to presidential candidates. This updated guide to the fascinating events and people of America′s past and present features new and revised material covering the attacks of September 11th, the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2004 and 2008 elections, and other recent events that have shaped recent U.S. history. From pre–Columbus to the American Revolution, from the two World Wars to Watergate and beyond, it makes the topic accessible for students at all levels, as well as for parents and teachers who may need a quick refresher. Steve Wiegand (Hometown TK) is an award–winning political journalist and history writer. He currently writes a thrice–weekly political column for the Sacramento Bee.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (29 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470436395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470436394
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now revised — the easy–to–understand guide to the story of America Want to better understand U.S. History? This friendly book serves as your tour guide through the important events of America′s past and present, introducing you to the people who helped to shape history. From pre–Columbus to the American Revolution, from Watergate to Iraq to Barack Obama, you′ll discover fascinating details that you won′t find in dry history texts! They′re coming to America — explore early civilizations, meet Native Americans, and see how the development of the English colonies led to slavery and the American Revolution From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln — examine the contributions of great Americans as well as the discovery of gold, the birth of California, the Civil War, and Manifest Destiny America grows up — be there during the conquering of the West, industrial development, and the invention of the light bulb and the telephone The impact of the World Wars — understand the sweeping changes these epochal events brought to America and the rest of the world The Cold War, Camelot, and Clinton — take a closer look at the Korean War and communism, the fabulous ′50s, JFK, Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate, Reaganomics, and the Clinton years From the ′90s to now — witness the birth of the microchip, the impact of hanging chads in a presidential election, the largest terrorist attack on American soil, and the growing economic crisis Open the book and find: Ten important events that defined American culture Interesting Americans, from presidents to gangsters to sports heroes How America fought to win independence from England Details about all the major wars and their long–term effects Insight into the roots of slavery Inventions that changed life for Americans The impact of the atomic bomb The Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence

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Steve Wiegand is an award–winning political journalist and history writer. He currently writes a thrice–weekly political column for the Sacramento Bee.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Americans at El Alamein...? 11 Nov 2010
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was thinking of giving this book five stars for its informative content and the bright breezy way it shared it. Its account of the American War of Independence and the events leading up to it - always my benchmark for whether a book of this sort is going to be balanced or just give the predictable "heroic Americans, mad King, nasty Brits" version - seemed fair, as did its treatment of the War of 1812 and other aspects of British-American relations. There were a few mistakes to be sure e.g. the common one in describing the Norse colony in Greenland that refers to the Eskimos as "the area's earlier inhabitants" where in fact the Eskimo/Inuit arrived long after the Vikings had settled there. But overall very good.
Then we got to the account of World War II. The impression was given that the Americans were the only ones fighting the Japanese -a word or two about the part played by British and Commonwealth forces would not have been out of place. And worse, the reader is led to believe that the Allies fought in North Africa under the overall command of Dwight D. Eisenhower and that "Hitler's best general" (a dubious assertion) Rommel was eventually defeated at El Alamein by "a combined US and British force"! Now that really was annoying.
Despite that the overall quality and readability of the book earns it four stars from me - I just wish the offending sections could be corrected but am not holding my breath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 17 Dec 2012
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Amusing and for a history book interestingly addictive. Definitely worth purchasing if you want a factual but hilarious book. Like
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome ! 17 Mar 2014
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Really good book !
Well written and perfect for students !
Its also very funny
You should definitely read it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Mar 2014
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Excellent intro, would recommend to anyone that needs a simple introduction and basic intro. Serves the purpose, easy to read, and nicely structured.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taught me all I know 20 July 2013
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Lively writing and fairly well informed (ignore the WW2 bit and it's a 5 star). Really enjoyed it - if you want a history book then buy one - this is for people like me who want to learn about history with a smile rather than studying it
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