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Don't Know Much about History by Kenneth C. Davis
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May 21, 2010

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This book served its purpose, with a broad overview of american history from approximately 1492-2002. Naturally, in 600 pages, such breadth requires a level of shallowness, which conveys itself with a number of moments where Davis squeezes a number of major events into an awkward dependent clause or two. The book could use a thorough Cahoonaville/Frog grammar sweep, but, again, I'm well refreshed on my American history and happy to know the sociohistorical context of some of these supreme court cases I've had to read at school. That said, he lost me when his brief synopsis of the 5th Amendment was strictly self-incrimination and included nothing about the takings clause.

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