I'm a history buff so I really enjoyed this book. From the cover...from Columbus's voyage to the Clinton administration, author Kenneth C. Davis carries the reader on a rollicking ride through 600 years of Americana. With wit, candor and fascinating facts, he explodes long-held myths and misconceptions-revealing the very human side of history that the textbooks neglect.
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Helpful Score: 2
Entertaining audio book. If you went to a decent high school you know most of what is here (e.g. Why was Kansas bloody?). What you may not know or remember is the underlying causes. The author focuses on this facet of popular history. Also includes some verifiable and amusing historical anecdotes such as what George Washington really said when crossing the Delaware.
The closer it gets to modern history the more the author shows his liberal bias. Comments on Reagan paint him as a figurehead who didn't really know what was happening around him. Barely a mention is made of any of President Reagan's accomplishments. It's a disappointing ending to what was an overall entertaining commuter audio book.
Some adjectives from the reviews quoted on the back cover: quirky, fun, sardonic, accurate, significant. From Columbus to Iran-Contra, this book is organized by questions, such as Where did the Underground Railway run? and What was the scandal over teapot dome?