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Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom Paperback – July 19, 2011
"Readers--of any age--will come away from this sassy compendium knowing a lot (some, no doubt, would say too much) about our country's history, form of government, decisions, and workings, for better or worse." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Historical and cultural literacy delivered with a subversive twist." -Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jodi Anderson is a New York Times best-selling author of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches. Before becoming a full-time author, she was an editor at HarperCollins and 17th Street Productions.
Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of several books for young adults including Friend Is Not a Verb, Dirty Laundry, 10 Things to Do Before I Die and Drawing A Blank, which received two starred reviews. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.danielehrenhaft.com
Andisheh (An-dish-ay) Nouraee is a writer for CARE, one of the world's largest humanitarian aid agencies and a columnist for Creative Loafing, an alt-weekly newspaper in Atlanta. His syndicated column, "Don't Panic" is a sarcastic, informative examination of American policy and world affairs. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is really an entertaining and informative offering. Do you know why we are never going to have cordial relations with Cuba? Do you know what qualifies (or not)one of the authors to be the anti-Christ? Spooky, is it not? Hundreds of facts included.
It would not hurt high school social studies students to read "Americapedia" along with texts approved by Texas. Silly, goofy, and verrrrry incisive. Filled with talking points, and even a brief action plans for folks who wish to change the status quo.
So, turn off your television and give this book a read, tell some one about it, and consider doing something about the way things are.
The authors present the material in fun, bite-size bits that make the learning indistinguishable from the fun of reading it. PERFECT.
One reviewer has said this book is leftist. It is not. Really it is nonpartisan. In case you haven't noticed, in the "Hot Buttons" section, it tells what people think on both sides of the issue, and in the back, it has websites for both more liberal and more conservative sides of the issue. So, you say that they state global warming as a fact. Practically every scientist in the world knows global warming exists. Do you really need a reference for that? Plus, there are sources in the back of the book.
This book got me thinking about things. It was awesome! It has, among other things, a guide to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, a list of past scandals, and even the Top 5 Presidential Dynasties! It's funny, interesting, and downright awesomesauce. I brought it to school today to show to one of my teachers, and my politically-informed friend found it so interesting at lunch that she forgot to get food until I reminded her! Then, my teacher said she wanted to buy that book. It really draws people in. So, if you're a teen interested in civics, or maybe even if you're not, GO READ THIS BOOK!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will cause the pablum-fed high school student to question the shibboleths -- Left and Right. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Koyaanisqatsi
Where to start. . .
First of all, the format is completely insulting to kids. The authors criticize shows like "Teen Mom" for spoon feeding dribble to kids, but this is... Read more