I was recently contacted by Tandem Literary about doing a review of Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis. I am really glad that accepted the offer as not only did I greatly enjoy the book, but I learned a lot also. Kenneth Davis is a very down-to-earth historian, who engages his readers with humor, wit, and an irreverent tone, unlike that of many traditional academia. As a result, Don’t Know Much About History reads more like a lively novel, than a history book.
First published in 1990, Don’t Know Much About History, captured the attention of readers everywhere, landing it on the New York Time’s bestseller list, where it remained for 35 consecutive weeks! Don’t Know Much About History has just been revised to include new discoveries about our nation’s past, as well more recent history, such as the Clinton scandal, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession, the election of Barrack Obama, and more.
Don’t Know Much About History would make an excellent “text” for teaching high school level U.S. history. It covers major historical events, often disproving historical myths that many of us were taught in high school. Davis brings history to life by including real life stories about the people and places that formed our country’s history. In between each major historical event, he includes short timelines to further summarize each era. He also includes many primary sources, which not only contribute to the feeling that this is “real history”, but would also provide wonderful springboards for student research papers.
Disclosure – Tandem Literary sent me a free copy of Don’t Know Much About History for review and will send one reader a free copy, but I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The top image link does go to Amazon, whom I am an affiliate for, so if you order a copy of the book via that link, I will earn a small percentage. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.