Don t Know Much About American History Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Don t Know Much About American History


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2003-04
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 0060286032

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Don t Know Much About American History Excerpt :

Presents, in question and answer format, a history of the United States from the exploration of Christopher Columbus to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Simultaneous.

Don t Know Much About Mythology Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Don t Know Much About Mythology


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-12-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061925757

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Don t Know Much About Mythology Excerpt :

In this fascinating installment of the New York Times bestselling Don’t Know Much About® series, Kenneth C. Davis explores the great myths of the world and their implications for art, science, religion and culture throughout history. What is an Egyptian pyramid doing on the U. S. dollar bill? • Did a pharaoh inspire Moses to worship one God? • What’s a Canaanite demoness doing at a rock concert? Since the beginning of time, people have been insatiably curious. They’ve asked questions about where we come from, why the stars shine and the seasons change, and what constitutes evil. The imaginative answers crafted by our ancestors have served as religion, science, philosophy, and popular literature. In an engaging and delightfully irreverent question-and-answer style, Davis tackles the epic of Gilgamesh; Achilles and the Trojan War; Stonehenge and the Druids; Odin, Thor, and the entire Norse pantheon; Native American myths, and much more, including the dramatic life and times of the man who would be Buddha. From Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, here is an insightful, lively look at the greatest stories ever told.

Dream Boogie Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Dream Boogie


  • Author : Peter Guralnick
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316210973

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Dream Boogie Excerpt :

From the acclaimed author of Last Train to Memphis, this is the definitive biography of Sam Cooke, one of most influential singers and songwriters of all time. Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes -- the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. No biography has previously been written that fully captures Sam Cooke's accomplishments, the importance of his contribution to American music, the drama that accompanied his rise in the early days of the civil rights movement, and the mystery that surrounds his death. Bestselling author Peter Guralnick tells this moving and significant story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to an adulthood when he was anything but. With appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, Fidel Castro, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Bob Dylan, and other central figures of this explosive era, Dream Boogie is a compelling depiction of one man striving to achieve his vision despite all obstacles -- and an epic portrait of America during the turbulent and hopeful 1950s and 1960s. The triumph of the book is the vividness with which Peter Guralnick conveys the astonishing richness of the black America of this era -- the drama, force, and feeling of the story.

Don t Know Much About Anything Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Don t Know Much About Anything


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061828553

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Don t Know Much About Anything Excerpt :

In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology, the Bible, the universe, geography, and the Civil War. Now, the sky's the limit in his latest irresistible installment—a grand tour of knowledge that carries us from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Berlin Wall, from the Salem Witch Trials to Watergate, from Michelangelo to Houdini. Brimming with busted myths, gripping true stories, and peculiar particulars about a plethora of people, places, and events, this captivating compendium is guaranteed to delight information lovers everywhere as it feeds our insatiable appetite to know everything!

Don t Know Much About   the American Presidents Book

Don t Know Much About the American Presidents


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401304737

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Don t Know Much About the American Presidents Excerpt :

Which president broke the law to prevent enslaved people from being freed? Who said, "When the president does it,that means it's not illegal"? Why does America have a president? From the heated debates among the framers of the Constitution in 1787 over an "elected king," to the creation of the presidency, and on through rich profiles of each man who has held the office, New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis takes readers on a guided tour of American history. Examining each chief executive, from the low lights to the bright lights, the memorable to the forgettable and the forgotten, Davis tells all the stories, offering rich anecdotes about real people. He also charts the history of the presidency itself, debunking myths and grading the presidents from A+ to F. For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining book may change your understanding of the highest office in the land throughout more than two hundred years of history.

Don t Know Much About the Universe Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Don t Know Much About the Universe


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-12-29
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061965883

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Who dug those canals on Mars? What was the biblical Star of Bethlehem? Were the pyramids built by extraterrestrials? From the ancients who charted the heavens to Star Trek, The X-Files, and Apollo 13, outer space has intrigued people through the ages. Yet most of us look up at the night sky and feel totally in the dark when it comes to the basic facts about the universe. Kenneth C. Davis steps into that void with a lively and readable guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people who have shed light on the mysteries and wonders of the cosmos. Discover why Einstein was such a genius, the truth behind a blue moon or two, the amazing secrets of Stonehenge, and even how one great astronomer lost his nose. With the fun question-and-answer format that has appealed to the millions of readers of his bestselling Don't Much About® series, you'll be taking off on an exciting armchair exploration of the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond.

Don t Know Much About the Bible Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Don t Know Much About the Bible


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061795596

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Don t Know Much About the Bible Excerpt :

With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, the creator of the bestselling Don't Know Much About®, series now brings the world of the Old and New testaments to life as no one else can in the bestseller Don't Know Much About® The Bible. Relying on new research and improved translations, Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says. Jericho's walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line. Moses never parted the Red Sea. There was a Jesus, but he wasn't born on Christmas and he probably wasn't an only child. Davis brings readers up-to-date on findings gleaned from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels that prompt serious scholars to ask such serious questions as: Who wrote the Bible? Did Jesus say everything we were taught he did? Did he say more? By examining the Bible historically, Davis entertains and amazes, provides a much better understanding of the subject, and offers much more fun learning about it.

Don t Know Much About the Civil War Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Don t Know Much About the Civil War


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061806735

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Don t Know Much About the Civil War Excerpt :

“Highly informative and entertaining…propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.” —San Francisco Chronicle It has been 150 years since the opening salvo of America’s War Between the States. New York Times bestselling author Ken Davis tells us everything we never knew about our nation’s bloodiest conflict in Don’t Know Much About ® the Civil War—another fascinating and fun installment in his acclaimed series.

A Change Is Gonna Come Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A Change Is Gonna Come


  • Author : Craig Werner
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release Date : 2006-01-09
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 524
  • ISBN 10 : 0472031473

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A Change Is Gonna Come Excerpt :

The new edition of the groundbreaking chronicle of forty years of black music in America

Don t Know Much About the Pilgrims Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Don t Know Much About the Pilgrims


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008-09-18
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 1439551227

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Don t Know Much About the Pilgrims Excerpt :

Questions and answers present information about who the Pilgrims were, how and why they came to America on the Mayflower, and what happened in the colony of New Plymouth.

More Deadly Than War Book

More Deadly Than War


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250145130

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More Deadly Than War Excerpt :

From bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes a fascinating account of the Spanish influenza pandemic 100 years after it first swept the world in 1918. "Davis deftly juggles compelling storytelling, gruesome details, and historical context. More Deadly Than War reads like a terrifying dystopian novel—that happens to be true." —Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Undefeated A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Month With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. This dramatic narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I—and how it could happen again. Complete with photographs, period documents, modern research, and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, this book provides captivating insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early twentieth century. Praise for More Deadly Than War A Junior Library Guild Selection! "More Deadly Than War is a riveting story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918, packed with unforgettable examples of the power of a virus gone rogue. Kenneth C. Davis's book serves as an important history—and an important reminder that we could very well face such a threat again." —Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. "With eye-popping details, Kenneth C. Davis tracks the deadly flu that shifted the powers in World War I and changed the course of world history. In an age of Ebola and Zika, this vivid account is a cautionary tale that will have you rushing to wash your hands for protection." —Karen Blumenthal, award-winning author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different * "Davis once again makes history accessible for students from the middle grades throug

Don t Know Much About Space Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Don t Know Much About Space


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008-09-18
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 143
  • ISBN 10 : 1439551154

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Don t Know Much About Space Excerpt :

Anecdotes, sidebars, and a question-and-answer format provide information on the history of astronomy, the experience of astronaunts, the size of the universe, and the composition of stars and planets.

The Dawn of Everything Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

The Dawn of Everything


  • Author : David Graeber
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374721107

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation. For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike—either free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a conservative reaction to powerful critiques of European society posed by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. Revisiting this encounter has startling implications for how we make sense of human history today, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself. Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what’s really there. If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision, and a faith in the power of direct action. Inc

Punk Pedagogies Book

Punk Pedagogies


  • Author : Gareth Dylan Smith
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-22
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351995801

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Punk Pedagogies: Music, Culture and Learning brings together a collection of international authors to explore the possibilities, practices and implications that emerge from the union of punk and pedagogy. The punk ethos—a notoriously evasive and multifaceted beast—offers unique applications in music education and beyond, and this volume presents a breadth of interdisciplinary perspectives to challenge current thinking on how, why and where the subculture influences teaching and learning. As (punk) educators and artists, contributing authors grapple with punk’s historicity, its pervasiveness, its (dis)functionality and its messiness, making Punk Pedagogies relevant and motivating to both instructors and students with proven pedagogical practices.

In the Shadow of Liberty Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

In the Shadow of Liberty


  • Author : Kenneth C. Davis
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781627793124

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In the Shadow of Liberty Excerpt :

Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners? Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy—that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles. These stories help us know the real people who were essential to the birth of this nation but traditionally have been left out of the history books. Their stories are true—and they should be heard. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.