Donal Keady's Reviews > Don't Know Much about History: Everything You Need to Know about American History But Never Learned

Don't Know Much about History by Kenneth C. Davis
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Nov 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2007

History books, by their nature, are never "definitive" no matter what the title at the front or the blurb at the back may state. However, a good history book will give the reader some sort of springboard from which to launch into the lifetime's pursuit that is history. This book's accessible, often witty style will inform, but more importantly will stimulate the thirst for knowledge, which is as it should be. I don't think the author seeks to offend, but some formerly sacred and venerated historical figures are presented in an altogether more human form here. Every country and culture in the world has its share of historical baggage, and the first step towards a more thorough understanding of ourselves is to recall and accept the rights and wrongs of the past, learn from these, and move on in a better way.
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Angela Joyce Nice. I'll have to read it.

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