Saturday, December 20, 2008

Book Review: The American Patriot's Almanac

Don't let the word "almanac" scare you. This is a story book. But what makes this book so good is that the stories are true!

Bill Bennett and John Cribb make history come alive by retelling many of the best stories of America in a short and compelling way. Learn about the heroes, battles, geography, events, and inventions that make our country what it is today. This volume would be perfect for family time, or on the coffee table, or in the bathroom, or even for daily readings in a high school civics course.

The American Patriot's Almanac is broken down into 365 bite-sized portions that make it easy to read in a year. Each page includes one reading and an "American History Parade" of 4-6 notable events that took place on that date in American History. Sprinkled throughout the book are special features like "Fifty All-American Movies" and famous "Prayers for the American People." I was a political studies major in college, but I found myself learning something new on nearly every page. I was very glad to see the detailed index in the back, which makes this book stronger and even more useful.

Check this book out. You're sure to discover something new and to gain a deeper appreciation for the United States of America.

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