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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: Arthur Morey, Kenneth C. Davis, Zach McLarty, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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Here, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut as a New York Times best seller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history. First published two decades ago, when the closing of the American mind was in the headlines, Don't Know Much About History proved Americans don't hate history - just the dull version that was dished out in school.

Now Davis has brought his groundbreaking work up to the present, including the history of an Era of Broken Trust, from the end of the Clinton administration through the recent Great Recession. This additional material covers the horrific events of 9/11 and the rise of conspiracy theorists, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, and the failure of the New Orleans levees, the global financial meltdown, the election of Barack Obama, and the national controversy over same-sex marriage.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikita | 2/18/2014

    " I hated History through most of my school years. I only liked art history and ancient history (ask me any of the greek gods names and I'll tell ya) so I found this book to be extrememly helpful...I'm a bit of an idiot when it comes to History sometimes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Beck | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting look at history and a lot of little know facts as well as the main accounts of what happend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

    " This book is full of little known fact about American history. It's just a fun read if you like history and fun facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/28/2014

    " A good, clear look at American history that doesn't just focus on "rich, white men." I use it in my classroom every semester, but this new edition had new things all over the place, so it required a new read. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke Terry | 1/21/2014

    " Less an actual book and more a slightly liberal slanted reference guide of major US historical events "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/18/2014

    " I finally got all those answers cleared up about history in a interesting book. Not boring at all to me. It starts from the discovery of american all the way up to 9/11 and it talks about everything in between. Presidents, scandels, Great depression, wars, historical events, etc. If you like history, I would suggest this book. It breaks it up into little topics so its easy to read. The author lists a questions and then answers it in about a page- two pages, then goes onto the next question. It all seems to come together though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/8/2014

    " This is a very dense book. It covers so many events and people in US history. It took a while to get through. I enjoyed it. It was very helpful to get an over view of US history. I appreciated how the author showed different angles of many of the things covered in this book. I felt like it wasn't biased or written with a hidden agenda like many books that cover politics and economics in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/5/2014

    " I love keeping this book on my nightstand. It's perfect to read a few pages and think "ahh - I definitely never learned THIS in high school" or "oh yeah, THAT's what the gulf of tonkin was". Humorous and fun way to re-learn American history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/2/2014

    " Since my husband and I swapped cars, I now only have a tape deck. I decided to start listening to books on tape. I'm only on tape 2 out of MANY. It's really interesting so far, but I have no idea how long it'll take me to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Winslow | 11/16/2013

    " A compilation of important facts in our country's history. Each fact has a perspective or details that were probably not taught to you in school, unless you had a really cool history teach. A worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aonghas Crowe | 11/8/2013

    " Reading this one on the pot, a few pages a day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookworm | 10/26/2013

    " Only had to read first four chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/15/2013

    " A nice primer/refresher on American History that is not so much a serious piece of scholarship as an effort to engage the reader in interesting tidbits about America's past. The casual, witty style of the author keeps you engrossed in the book. An enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davida | 7/25/2013

    " I loved this book when I was teaching US History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Gimbut | 2/13/2013

    " Indeed -- easy read and a 'cliff notes' version of all the highlights we might have learned/might NOT have learned, but should know. I actually gave this book to one of my nephews as one of his Christmas gifts! He probably will wish he got a video game until he actually opens the book (LOL). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chloe | 12/10/2012

    " Informative- a good refresher, but pretty basic; not as edgy or surprising as I might have hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 8/9/2012

    " I recently re-read this. I like the short snipets and true or false quizzes. Fun for any age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 8/3/2012

    " Interesting book that hits the highlights of US History and dispels many of the myths we were taught in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rahas | 5/28/2012

    " it served its purpose. condensed all the history i learned from grade school to high school in a decent sized book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana (Bever) Barber | 5/21/2012

    " I was really looking forward to this book. I was very disappointed by it. The author's commentary was unnecessary and in the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Harry | 5/3/2012

    " Good to read either straight through or as a reference. As a non American it's especially interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/1/2012

    " A lot of interesting tidbits but I read it too fast to truly absorb it all. Good to refer back to... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/19/2011

    " This book provided some interesting insights into American History. It did a good job showing how much tougher people in the past had it than we do now. However, the author's personal biases sometimes overpower his objectivity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 9/28/2011

    " Really good for school-aged historians. Simple, and easy to read. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian and the author of the Don’t Know Much About® series with more than four million copies in print worldwide. He is a frequent media guest on national television and radio, has written for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.