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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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"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
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Published July 7th 2009 by Flash Point (first published 2005)
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Apr 30, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barb Middleton
Nov 26, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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:

“Entire books have been writ
Aug 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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
Ruthie Jones
Steve Sheinkin's non-text book take on the American Revolution is a delightful recap or reminder of events leading up to and following the United States's independence from Great Britain. While this quick read is not meant to replace traditional history learning, it can serve as a fun way to glimpse high-level details as well as some lesser known tidbits and minor characters.

I especially like the "What Ever Happened To. . .?" section at the end because we don't always know what these people did
Jul 03, 2011 katsok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 29, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read for lovers of American history and/or Hamilton. I laughed out loud several times and learned more "fun facts" about the Revolution than I have in 3 years of teaching it to 4th graders.
Sep 01, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
A fun way to learn history. This book focuses on the American Revolution and I enjoyed reading it aloud with my daughter. I learned a lot that I didn't get while in school.
R. G. Nairam
It was weird to read a Sheinkin book that was just straight-talk "here are some things that happened over the Revolutionary war which you probably know if you like the Revolutionary war" without the gripping fiction-esque tension and under-told history he brings into his more recent work.

That said, it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of his fun voice, random details I'd never heard of (oh, Hancock's salmon), and great historical quotes. Also the usual great bibliography that he even expla
Valeria Erlikh
Personally, I don't really like history non-fiction, so this book wasn't that interesting to me, but I liked the way author wrote about this part of history, in a funny way. If you're interested in American Revolution, but you hate boring books about history, you should read this book. The author, didn't live at the time of American Revolution but he told the story well, just like if he lived at that time.
Feb 01, 2017 MaekMaekMaek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hilarious story of the American Revolution. Deaths are not funny although I have to admit, there were some really funny moments. The author did make the American Revolution sounds fun. I like the author style of writing. I really liked how the author narrated this book! The book helped me understand the American Revolution better. I think this book deserved a 4 star.
Feb 01, 2017 HanBin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will give this book a 4 star rating because it makes me understand the history in a some what fun way. I understand the story very well but sometimes when they make a joke and they fail so only those parts feel sort of awkward. It also tells what important person did something, said something or why they did it. Overall it's a decent book.
Ayaka Umehara
Feb 02, 2017 Ayaka Umehara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I give this book a 3 star because it had some difficult words in it. But I still got lots of idea of how American become a country. I learned a lot about the history between America and England. Well, I don't really like non-fiction book. But this author wrote the book in a good way. Not too boring and not too funny it's in the middle.
Feb 02, 2017 SeUngYoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book's for 6th grade and I recommend this for 6th grade, there is a lot of information but not like boring history books this book explains the story in interesting and easy way, so I learned a lot of thing about American Revolution. I personally don't like history books, so I think that's why I gave this book 4 stars.
Chanya Supornsahatrangsi
I gave this book three stars because this book gave a more interesting way to learn about the american revolution but they sometimes got of subject and gave a lot of extra information. In my opinion this book needed a more controlled flow of information , not too much not too little. It was a great book but has too much information otherwise it is perfect.
Feb 02, 2017 SuYeon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: age 10+
This is a book basically about American revolution. It explains the explains the history in an easy way with funny illustrations. The book is well-organized with tons of important information from beginning to end. It is a great book for students have interests in history.
Feb 02, 2017 Chacha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book 4 stars because this book helped me learn more about King George and how American became a country. It is written at my level so it made me understand more about the American Revolution and the different problems in history.
Feb 02, 2017 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 star because this book makes me know about history in a funny way but I had to admit death is not funny but this book made it funny. But sometimes the joke is a little bit not funny so its a little awkward, but overall this book is a hilarious book.
Feb 02, 2017 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King George What's his Problem is a very good book with lots of info about the revolution with lots of humor. Anyone who likes funny stories and to learn will love this book because I know I did and I don't like history that much.
Maria Wiseman
Feb 19, 2017 Maria Wiseman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
Read for school. It was pretty enjoyable.
Feb 02, 2017 Paige rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think there was to many characters in the book. And it was to complicated. It was one of those books where I read it but when I read it I did not pay a tension. It was boring.
Dec 11, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really good, but did not contain some really funny or interesting info, but really funny
Jan 01, 2017 Kuchinusu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 13, 2017 Cory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I thought it was going to be a good book. It was about the Revolutionary War. It talked about the important people and battles involved in the war. He wrote it as a step-by-step guide to starting a revolution. There are many cartoon pictures included. This book was boring and I didn't like the book. It was also sad and depressing . I wouldn't recommend this to others unless someone was really interested in history
It was funny and a quick read
Seahawksfan152 CA
History for Kids.....As a kid you believe everything (Mostly) of what your textbooks tell you. Right now in homeschooling I am doing a Project on the American Revolution, and what I found was that The Revolution was not a place where General Washington and his amazing, well dressed, professional soldiers, Valiantly drove the British out of Our Amazing USA for Liberty And Justice For All, it was actually a place where everyday people, like farmers and beggars fought in a bloody slaughter for free ...more
Lissa Smith
Dec 26, 2016 Lissa Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son and I read this book together while he was 7. We adored the level of personal detail that really brought The Revolutionary War to life with a feel that was comprehensible to a young child but interesting to an adult. We got a sense of how the Patriots were not professional soldiers and how noone expected the war to start or to last...Sidenotes like Franklin and Adams arguing about whether the windows in the inn room their shared should be opened or closed and the Molly Pitcher having a ca ...more
Tracy Carney
May 02, 2016 Tracy Carney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King George: What was his problem? ... GREAT book to tell all about the American Revolution! Had good ol' Mr. History in high school taught the way Steve Sheinkin writes I would have had straight A's in history for sure!

From Paul Revere, to Samuel Adams ... Ethan Allen and of course, George Washington. Famous names from the late 1700's who helped form our nation continue to roll through the text. Sheinkin introduces them and reveals their nature through stories less likely known.

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This is the kind of book I wished I had discovered when I was growing up and learning about the American Revolution. The textbooks and history I read was so laden with dates, facts and uninteresting details, that I just didn't grasp the weight of the dramatic and tenuously fortunate events that helped us win our independence.

This book does a wonderful job of telling fascinating and pivotal stories while still following the chronology of war events. I am amazed at Steve Sheinkin's research and h
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