King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
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King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

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KING GEORGE NEVER DID UNDERSTAND AMERICANS

“Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them.” What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narrative fi...more
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Published July 7th 2009 by Flash Point (first published 2005)
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Barb Middleton
Steve Sheinkin has evolved into such a brilliant writer of narrative nonfiction that when I read his earlier books I'm a bit let down because I am expecting more fictional elements. Which isn't really fair of me as a reader. Even his straightforward nonfiction texts are well-done and interesting. I just don't gobble them up like I have his most recent books. After reading "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales" graphic novel series, this book helped fill in the blanks as to the timeline of famous people...more
Becky
Sheinkin, Steve. 2008. King George What Was His Problem: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution.

Enjoyable. That is what King George What Was His Problem is. Enjoyable. Fun. Interesting. Informative. Entertaining. Everything a textbook isn't in most cases. The tone of this one is conversational. (Almost reminiscent of Kathleen Krull in my opinion.)

Product description from the publisher's site:
KING GEORGE NEVER DID UNDERSTAND AMERICANS

“Entire books have been writ...more
katsok
I received my Bachelor's degree in History, specifically American History concentrated around the Civil War. And while I love history, it is not usually something kids enjoy reading. I think they would love this book. Sheinkin is entertaining as he weaves his way through the American Revolution. I love that he didn't gloss over some of the parts where we look bad. I enjoyed the omniscient narrator giving me tidbits throughout the book. Thank you go Jeff Anderson for recommending this one.
Jonathan
Being someone who absolutely loves history I can easily become bias about my reviews, however the reason this book is so amazing is because even the most reluctant history reader would enjoy this witty and sarcastic take on the revolution. I've read probably a half dozen 600 page (I'll be honest, dry) books on the American revolution and although they are packed full of information, this book did not sell me short. I felt like it confirmed everything I had read before in a much more humorous lig...more
Patrick
Another fabulous quick history from Sheinkin. It's extremely informative and clever and well-written. You get an overall view in an easy read and it really helps see the threads, causes, and connections of the whole Revolutionary War. It's not an attack book, but it's balanced, showing the self-interested, violent side of the revolution as well as the noble, philosophical side.

Adults will love and benefit from this. I think this will appeal to Young Adult readers as well as anything o the topic...more
Joe Holman
The best middle school history book I ever read. It is fun, easy reading, and historically accurate. Itr is written in a style that will appeal to today's kids. Every parent who wants their child to understand the American Revolution should have them read this book.

The only drawback in the book is that I wish it would have covered the war in the Southern Colonies more in depth. Nathaniel Greene and the "Over the mountain boys" did much more than "fight, lose, fight again" and the book should men...more
Joan
Sep 01, 2012 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American history lovers
Lots of fun to read! You can see from this book where he decided to do a whole book on Benedict Arnold. Very informative too!
Margaret
4/26/13 ** My new favorite author of history. Thanks Steve Sheinkin for leaving the "evil side" (author of text books), and joining the family of children's lit.

This very interesting book about the overall arc of the American Revolution, with an emphasis on George Washington was fascinating. I am reasonably well-read in U.S. history and have read many historical fiction books set in various parts of the Revolution, but by page 11 I'd already learned 3 new things.**

One of the things I most apprec...more
Jennifer
Hands down, this is the best -and funniest!- book about the American Revolution I have ever read. It's aimed at kids, but it never talks down to them. You would be hard pressed to find an adult who doesn't learn something from this book. The writing is simple, clear and concise.

The author is a text book writer who got tired of having to leave all the funny and really interesting historical bits out of the text books, so he decided to write a book with all those bits left in!

I love the way this b...more
Beth
Sometimes I feel a little sheepish telling people I majored in history because I feel like I'm going to be expected to know things I don't. One such gaping hole in my knowledge that I hope I don't get asked about: the Revolutionary War. Sure, I knew "taxation without representation" and that George Washington was a general. I've seen National Treasure enough times to know "one if by land, two if by sea" (even if I don't know why). If hard-pressed, I'd probably correctly place the battles of Bunk...more
Josiah-f Friesen
“King George, what was his problem?” is a book about the American revolution but it has information in it that textbooks might not. It includes information and dialogue of the stupider things that the famous people did. It tells the stories of the battles and heroes of the American revolution and how they fought against the French. It summarizes a lot because it took place over the course of several years, but it gave me a lot of information that I didn't know before. At first the Americans wer...more
Samantha
I picked up this book thinking that it would be like the Horrible Histories series, but for American history instead. It's not. It's worse. It's disjointed. I felt that the writing style was really choppy. There is a foreword where the author says that he was a former textbook author and there were all these stories that he had to leave out. Well, I felt like he took those stories, put them in chronological order, and BAM! We have this book. I stopped reading shortly after Sheinkin starts discus...more
Betsy
Children are taught history. They turn into teenagers and find out that much of what they learned was prettified or their textbooks left out huge chunks of morally ambiguous grey matter. They go to college (some of them) and view with extreme skepticism any history, knowing as they do now that every historical text was written by someone with an agenda. And then sometimes, once in a great while, they return to the historical moments they learned about in their youth and try to figure out, really...more
Celestia
I loved this book! I read McCullough's 1776 book a few summers ago. That was hard reading. If I had read this book first my mind would have been in a much better place to understand 1776. I'm no dummy when it comes to history, I passed the AP American history test in high school, but I was taught history the conveyor belt way, of learn dates and names, regurgitate on a test for credit, then forget most of it. This is the way to learn history, by learning the stories of the humans involved. Thes...more
Shersta
In a letter addressed to his readers, author Steven Shienkin (a former textbook writer) promises to deliver the odd and quirky stuff that never makes it into the history books. From his step-by-step guide to starting a revolution to generals behaving badly, Sheinkin lives up to that promise, and does so in a lively and engaging tone that made this book an entertaining as well as educational read. I highly recommend this as a solid middle-grade nonfiction read.
Marilyn
This was an interesting YA book about the Revolutionary War that I think my students will enjoy. The author has found interesting quotes from various people involved in the war that give it a fun, humorous twist while relating important facts about the Revolutionary War in an interesting way for youth. I think any 6th-grader interested in learning more about the war would enjoy it.
Stephanie
Holy smokes. I picked up this book at the library because we are studying the Revolutionary War and I thought the title was funny. Started it last night while Jason was watching Star Trek reruns, and found various ways to keep obsessively reading it all day today. I was even scheming how I could possibly hold the book and stir dinner at the same time. Thankfully, I finished it before then.

I don't know why all history stories can't be written exactly like this. It was laugh out loud funny at poin...more
Michele
I think this man is brilliant and I am becoming a huge fan of his. Repenting of being a text book writer, he makes history come alive and he also makes you smile. A great primer and review of the Revolutionary War. If you missed, "Bomb" go and read it. An amazingly well done book.
babyhippoface
Aug 22, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th & 8th Grade Social Studies teachers or students
History is not my thing, so understand that when you view those 5 stars.

For years Steve Sheinkin has written history textbooks. In his research he has come across some great stories that are not often told, but the textbook companies have never allowed him to include those nuggets in their books. Sheinkin finally decided to take all those stories and write his own book. And that's all you get--interesting tidbits, stories, and quotes that help the reader view those involved in the Revolution as...more
Amie
Written as a narrative, this was the most enjoyable history "text" I've ever read. It is funny, full of information, easy to read, and relatable. I couldn't stop telling people around me about this book!
Jonna VanWienen
Loved this interesting book for filling me in on all the things our boring Social Studies book doesn't tell us about history. A great read aloud and Skype opportunity for my students. I'm a fan.
Marcia
A quick and easy to understand book about history---looks like he does other books on history too. I might have to check them out! Kids would love these compared to boring textbooks!
Sidney
Mar 20, 2014 Sidney is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at Anna's book fair with Rhys in mind. It's very engaging! I find non- fiction for younger readers really disappointing usually. This is a nice surprise.
Christine Deem
Great read for those of us terrified to 'not finish a book' and 'interested in nonfiction history' - I learned so much while enjoying myself...hope to read his other books
Sharie
If this is the way history books were written, I wouldn't have hated it as a kid. AND I would have understood it. I have never had such an appreciation of the Revolutionary war. History books lists battles and dates and the winning commander. This puts all of it in order and WHY they needed to be that way. Oh, what a revelation!
Emily Wallace
Perfect for Middle school history class. My boys loved the funny little parts I read to them and remembered them.
Mrs. Riding
Loved the concise, yet interesting break down of the American Revolution. Since Samuel Hoffmire, my ancestor took part in it, I am glad to understand it just a little better. I've been to many of those places, Fort Ticonderoga, Mt. Vernon, New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and others. Scary to think how close we came to not being independent.

Looking forward to meeting Mr Sheinkin in person when he comes to our Davis Reads! author event in October. Between now and then hope to get as m...more
Stephanie
With only an estimated 40 years left to live, I can't afford to waste my time finishing this book. I forced myself to read up to page 30. The problem might be that my favorite author of American Revolution history is Joseph J. Ellis - an immensely talented writer. I fully realize they are writing for different audiences. That is no excuse for poor writing on the part of Sheinkin. Just because one is writing for an audience of children or young adults doesn't mean the writing needs to be....well,...more
Erika
I wish I'd had this book when I was in school. It gives you all the basics of the start of the American Revolution, but the author does it in such a way that it doesn't feel like it's a chore, the way reading a textbook in school did. I remembered a lot of these facts from history classes, but I feel like the story connects much better now and it makes more sense.

The author is entertaining and throws in lots of random, funny stories that keep you reading and keep you entertained. Highly recommen...more
Jenine
I learned stuff and then I passed it on to the 4th grader. Recommended!
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