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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The past is filled with stories of personal struggles, hard-fought triumphs, interesting, trivia, common myths and serious misconceptions. Now, with The Handy History Answer Book you can step back in time and uncover the real truth behind the events that shaped the world leading up to the end of the 20th century.
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Hardcover, First Edition, 456 pages
Published 1999 by Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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Ken Moten
I have had this book since at least 2003-2004 and I must say it is as good a beginner's guide to history as one can get. Ms. Nelson's approach is simple without being simple if you can understand that and I admire her way of breaking down history for people who may not know or understand. This is a very good book.
Rylie
Jul 25, 2012 Rylie rated it it was amazing
Really, REALLY freaking cool. Touches on pretty much anything. Provides introductions to each thing it touches on, so if you're interested in one of the many subjects, you'll do some investigating of your own.
Lola
I am smarter than this fact book. Okay, that may not be fair, but I really wanted to start my review with that sentence. In some respect, that is true. Published in 1999, The Handy History Answer Book doesn't know about 9/11 or Wi-Fi. It still thinks that VCRs and MTV are the height of cool. It doesn't know we have a black president or gay marriage. In some ways, it was fun for me to read this book to see what I actually know is still true and what has changed. What HHAB thinks is the greatest ...more
George
Oct 05, 2015 George rated it really liked it
The book is composed of a series of questions in a variety of fields such as history, science, politics, culture and medicine with capsule answers. It is a neat way to gain some knowledge on a variety of topics. The capsule type answers are easily read.
C.Y. Chong
Mar 22, 2015 C.Y. Chong rated it really liked it
Very well laid out, with sections on different subject categories, such as disasters, philosophy, art, culture, etc. Spans prehistoric era to the modern day. I enjoyed reading the book.
Tina
Jan 17, 2016 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this to prepare for the Social Studies Praxis Exam.
Henry
Mar 31, 2015 Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing
April
Jul 14, 2008 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students
Shelves: non-fiction
This book helped me survive three history classes, a US cultures class and an on-line seminar. Enough facts of many different events are given, without bogging the reader down in "details". A cliffs notes version of history!
Lafcadio
Aug 10, 2007 Lafcadio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old Lady Leary
Shelves: 850-905, foyer, doom, lukapier
Woefully incomplete, but it gives a short review of historical events and people you should have learned about in school.
Courtney
Jan 13, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a very effective way to understand any and all aspects of battles, events, and people through history
Ashley Brooks
Aug 10, 2012 Ashley Brooks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Havent read straight through from beginning to end. It's kind of like the Bathroom Books, which I love!
Georgene
Sep 03, 2012 Georgene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A newer version of this book might be even better. This is a 1999 copy.
Anissa Rajala
Apr 05, 2008 Anissa Rajala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book for quick reference and uncluttered explantion.

Excellent!
Kelly A.
Nov 07, 2009 Kelly A. rated it really liked it
Easy to read/find subjects or people. I learned a lot!
Colleen
Jul 20, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
useful for genealogy
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