The American Patriot's Almanac: Daily Readings on America
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The American Patriot's Almanac: Daily Readings on America

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365 reasons to love America!

The fife and drum of history mark the time of each passing day. And within their cadence, personalities, conflicts, discoveries, ideas, and nations peal and fade. American history is no different. From the starving time of Jamestown during the Winter of 1609, through the bloody argument of the Civil War, and to today, the United States is a tale

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Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published (first published October 21st 2008)
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Cindi
Every American family should have a copy of The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb in their home. I was excited to get a free copy from Book Sneeze a few months ago and I've been meaning to write about it ever since.

The book is arranged by date through the year and tells of important and interesting historical details that occurred on each day. For example, on January 11th Alexander Hamilton was born. He was an orphan born in the Caribbean Islands and the exact...more
Cafelilybookreviews


From the moment I laid eyes on this book, I fell in love with it.

From the "aged" look of the front cover to the beautiful ivory, rough edge pages, this book captured my interest from the very first page.

In the very beginning of this book, there are 3 pages devoted to The American Patriot, and what patriotism means. The first three pages are inspiring and spark a love and respect for all things "American".

The book is divided into chapters, January through December. For each day of the month there...more
Heather
We read for each day at dinnertime. It's our tradition.
Thomas Salerno
Apr 02, 2014 Thomas Salerno is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important concepts in writing is the “rhetorical triangle,” also called the “reader/writer triangle.” This concept envisions a piece of writing as a transaction involving three principle components: The author, the written word, and the audience. In all writing, but particularly in nonfiction, it is the writer’s responsibility to establish and maintain credibility with the reader. If that credibility is lost, you have lost the reader. That’s why, more than anything else, accuracy...more
Debbie
I think this book would be a great gift for history buffs, people who like history trivia, and anyone interested in “firsts” (when an event first happened). Each day, you read a page essay on some important event that happened in American history (including science, military, government, and sports) on this day. At the end of the essay, a list of four to seven events that happened on this day is listed. There are also sections at the end of most of the months that cover things like Flags of the...more
Diana (Bever) Barber
What a fun, educational resource! We started by looking up our birthdays and other special days. The authors have devoted a single page to each day. There is usually an essay about one of the "American History Parade" dates that is listed below. For example, on my birthday (July 14), did you know that US President Leslie Lynch King, Jr. was born. Oh, his name was changed to Gerald Ford when his mother's second husband adopted him. Between months, the authors include additional readings or the fu...more
Leona Olson
The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T. E. Cribb
This book is about America and our history. It is well done and each chapter is based on months. January: Flags of the Revolutionary War; February: The History of the Stars and Stripes; March: Fifty All- American Movies; April: Fifty American Quotes; May: Flag Etiquette: Guidelines for Displaying and Handling the U. S. Flag; June: How the Declaration of Independence was Written and Signed and The Declaration of Independence...more
Ellen
The American Patriot's Almanac


The American Patriot's Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb, published by Thomas Nelson, was everything I expected and more! This newly revised, updated and expanded almanac includes a slice of our great country's history alongside the daily "American History Parade."


I enjoyed reading through the historical events which left such in impact on our country. My whole family enjoyed looking up their birthday to see who had the most exciting historical eve...more
Anastacia
I wanted to read this book because as much as I love history, I tend to read European history & what I know about American history is probably lacking. Though I had read the blurb about the book, what I hold in my hand wasn't what I had pictured, either. I'm not really sure what I had pictured - I think more a traditional book with a beginning, a middle, and an end, and this book isn't it.

You get a one page blurb about each day in the calendar - and each page has a few paragraphs about one p...more
Lauren Fynboe
Bennett, W. J. (2010). The American patriot's almanac: Daily readings on America. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson

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Description: Content Scope-The American Patriot's Almanac breaks down the history of the United States and it is presented based upon the happenings of every day of the year. It is applicable to American history as well as to modern times. Arrangement & Presentation-This reference is presented in relation to the days and mo...more
John Valesano
This is a great American history book for those who don't particularly like history. It is a book that gives you historical information in small bites on a daily basis. The ALMANAC in the title refers to the way in which the reader learns about our history. For each day of the year, the author relates an important historical fact in a concise one or two pages and then tells us other facts that also happened on that day throughout history. At the end of the each month, the author elaborates on th...more
Stacy
It feels great to finish reading a book I've been reading every single day for the entirety of 2013! And, I also read the One Year Bible in 2013!! This Patriot's Almanac is definitely worth reading - it has a very short passage to read each day and then at the end of each month there's a special section that's more lengthy (e.g. info on all the State flags, the various anthems, the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, etc.). As a NASA geek, I was quite happy that some daily passages were...more
Angie
This book is SO worth getting even for the introduction alone. It reminds you of what made our country great. Being proud to be an American with hard working loving people. (PATRIOTISM!!! which today is being taught as a bad thing!)

Every household should have this book! Love it!
Wendy Hines
I remember growing up my grandparents and my parents always consulted an almanac for gardening and weather. I don't recall them ever having one for history but this is a must have for the whole family!!

Beautifully rendered, the almanac is broken up so you have a passage every day for 365 days. Everyday you can learn a little something about our American History. The months are broken up into different categories. For instance, March is American movies, April American Quotes, and October poems of...more
towner77
This is an almanac containing vignettes arranged by date, one day per page. They are bullet points from throughout American history highlighting interesting people, places and events in the country's past. I keep the book on the stand in the bathroom, in the place our fathers would have sat a Reader's Digest, to accompany me on the daily constitutional. Its been there since I bought it in '08 and I still don't think I've read every page in the book yet, but I'm working on it and if the good Lord...more
Joyce
The American Patriot’s Almanac is a great way to get a daily refresher course in American history or a great way to inspire a young person’s love of history. The daily entries provide a short essay on an event for that day in history, and a positive lesson or message we receive from that fact. As part of the “American History Parade”, each day includes a list of other events from that occurred on that date. Each month ends with a bonus of information – from ‘Twelve Great Reasons to Love a Great...more
Serena
This is my favorite book. We read it to our kids every night (up to age 12), and even though they claim to hate it, they really love it, and their friends do too (as do we). We learn something with every reading. The selections are well chosen. They're varied, yet they often do relate to each other. Readings often spark a memory and discussion of an earlier reading. Each day's reading is only a page long -- perfect for the dinner table -- and perfect for absorbing some American history.
Brenda
This is a book with a page a year to read, on American History. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I think it should be in the home of every American. I learned soooo much and am soooo proud of our heritage and the people who did little and big things to make this country what it is.
Eric
This is one of those books that has a page a day, telling of something significant that happened on that day in the history in the United States.

If you enjoy U.S. history or just like trivia in general, this is a fantastic book to have in your collection.
Sue
I look forward to daily readings by date the history of America. Loving trivia, this book will provide lots of it.
Every date includes an Americana story followed by various years' historical data for that particular date.
Mikesawin Sawin
May 17, 2009 Mikesawin Sawin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in history
This is a excellent collection of facts and lore about American history from the earliest days to the present, broken down into daily bites. I borrowed it from the library, but it would make a good gift.
Adam Decker
I read a page a day for the most part. What a great collection of inspirational stories of patriotism for our country. I learned of many facts, events, and patriots that I was previously unaware.
Danae
Excellent resource for historic reference. Our family uses Bennett's Almanac as a dinner conversation starter. Chocked full of fascinating facts, events that define the exceptionalism of America.
Dennis Schvejda
With an American History essay and important events for each day, this 600-page book has been my companion for the past year. If American history is of interest, you'll enjoy this book!
Christopher Brehm
Excellent book, great way to learn about American history or to read with the kids. Divided into one page stories for each day of the year. The story corresponds to the day.
Marc
Feb 12, 2009 Marc is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is a handy and informative book for the "this is what happened today in history" kind of person. I've actually used the information I've read in conversation.
Camille
Excellent daily readings about important moments in American history. We read one entry per night as a family, and have discovered some real gems from our past.
Kristen
A great book. Highlights on the historical events of America's birth and growth without getting bogged down in details. I like it alot and is a great quick reference.
Paula
Dec 05, 2008 Paula rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: Thomas Nelson BRB
Shelves: 2008-reads
this is another review freebie and promises lots of obscure facts about America (by which I guess they mean USA, not America!). Still, I like the obscure...
Jen
I read through this faster than one excerpt per day. I think I will go back and read it from the beginning of the year again some time.
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William J. "Bill" Bennett is a politician and author who served in the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, as chief of National Endowment for the Humanities and later Secretary of Education under Reagan, and Drug Czar under Bush. He is a nationally well-known figure of political and social conservatism and authored many books on politics, ethics, and international relations.
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