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Armchair Reader: The Amazing Book of History: Extraordinary Facts and Stories Paperback – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: West Side Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412714192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412714198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Savvy Veteran on April 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This latest in the Armchair series provides intriguing historical anecdotes about and sketches of such figures as Alfred Nobel, Ben Franklin, and Ivan the Terrible. Lots of detail for the informed reader of history, and much fun for, say, a middle-school student being introduced to world history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mom2twoboys VINE VOICE on May 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
We are a homeschooling family and are always looking for books that are educational and interesting. Also, when I was in high school I found history to be so dull. It was lifeless, uninteresting, just the pits. Through our years of homeschooling we have tried several boxed curriculum, some of them very expensive. We have also gotten quite a few books from DK which tend to be more interesting. After all these years though, we have really just depended on DVDs from the library, Amazon and Netflix because they make history come to life. Then, this past summer I found Armchair Reader The Amazing Book Of History....

I have three kids ranging from 10 to 17. All three of them have come to me at different times and said this is the best history book ever. They all enjoy reading it, and bring lots of topics up at the dinner table, which is great for any parent to hear!

The book is thick, 503 pages in all, but each section is short! Lots and lots of topics are covered, from the birth of the radio to the Underground Railroad, from "The Fate of the Passenger Pigeon" and information on Ninjas, to King Tut and biological and chemical warfare.

It is written in a very unique way, which I find hard to explain. It has just enough information on each topic, never enough to get boring, but enough to spark interest. It is written in such an engaging way, I think all ages can read it, enjoy it, learn from it..this includes adults. There are no pictures, it's almost all words on a page except for a few line drawings here and there, no glossy pics..but you will never miss them! Also, there are pages called "Fast Facts" throughout and the facts range from typical...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. C Sheehy on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Well truth be told there isn't much that a history buff will find new in this book but to the casual reader it's interesting and fun. I would recommend to someone who would like to get the highlights version of history.
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I bought this book at a used bookstore. I wish I'd bought it from Amazon because the price is much better than what I paid. This book is easy to read and gives you a lot of facts you didn't learn in school. I especially like the sections called "Fast Facts". These sections give you 3-4 sentences about a historical event or person. I thought it would just be a fun read but I've actually learned a lot. It's also addicting. I'll sit down to read a few pages and before I know it an hour or two has gone by. This would be a good choice for middle school or high school students too. Throw out a couple of these facts during the next history class and you're bound to impress the teacher.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Ricolando on June 25, 2012
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This is not the best well-written book, but it introduced me to some very interesting historical facts I was not aware of before reading. This held my attention throughout and the close to 500 pages didn't seem as daunting as a novel would. It has brief spippets of information that doesn't bore you at all. Overall, a fun and interesting read for anyone that loves history, and you can always go and find more about the ones that intrest you most through other avenues. This is a good way to introduce yourself to those more mundane tales you may not be familiar with at all.
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By Terrell L. Bowers on July 9, 2014
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Jumps around a lot and skips many interesting tidbits, but it is worth reading.
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I enjoy all the new and interesting things I did not know about our history I love that the stories or trivia is usually just 1 or 2 pages long
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