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Don't Know Much About the Presidents Hardcover – December 24, 2001


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Ready for some quirky facts about the presidents of the United States? Andrew Jackson had to sneak out of his own inauguration party and sleep in a hotel because his fans got so wild. Poker-playing Warren G. Harding once gambled away a set of White House china. Lyndon B. Johnson was an auto mechanic, a grape picker, and a high-school teacher before becoming president.

Kenneth C. Davis's tremendously popular Don't Know Much About... series takes on America's commanders in chief in this entertaining, often enlightening guide to the 43 presidents. Each president is allotted a page or three, which includes years in office, highlights of his time in power, and weird bits of trivia, including George Washington's propensity for brushing his horse's teeth every morning (although he himself didn't believe much in bathing) and spiffy dresser Chester Arthur's habit of changing his pants many times a day. A timeline runs along the bottom of most pages, describing major milestones in American history. It's fun and educational, how about that? (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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Kenneth C. Davis once again uses a Q&A format, this time detailing the lives of the 43 men who have led the nation, in Don't Know Much About the Presidents, illus. by Pedro Martin. Alongside amusing stories (e.g., "By the time Washington became president, he had only one tooth of his own"), each section also includes each president's term, a timeline of major events and opens with a presidential quote.

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Product Details

  • Series: Don't Know Much About...
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; 1st edition (December 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060286156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060286156
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don't Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don't Know Much About® series, which has a combined in-print total of 4.3-million copies. Davis has been dubbed the "King of Knowing" by Amazon.com because he becomes a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about: the Bible, Mythology, snd the Civil War, for example, and his latest Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents. Davis's success aptly makes the case that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version they slept through in class. But many of them want to know now because their kids are asking them questions they can't answer. Davis's approach is to refresh us on the subjects we should have learned in school. He does it by busting myths, setting the record straight and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word. Kenneth C. Davis is a frequent media guest and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including NPR, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, and The O'Reilly Factor. He has been a commentator for All Things Considered, and has written for the New York Times Op-Ed page, Smithsonian magazine and CNN,com and other national publications. In addition to his adult titles, he writes the Don't Know Much About Children's series published by HarperCollins. He lives in New York with his wife. They have two grown children.

Customer Reviews

This was OK however rather short.
carnation
This book is a wonderful introduction to learning about the presidents, even for younger children who express an interest.
Avid Reader
We bought this book for our grandchild.
maven59

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on January 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Do you know who was the youngest president ever elected to office, who served the shortest term, and who served the longest? Do you know which president had fifteen children, which was an avid fisherman, and who brought a goose, wallaby, donkey, lion cub, raccoon, two cats, twelve dogs, and birds to the White House when he moved in? The answers to these questions and much, much more can be found in Kenneth Davis' marvelously entertaining and engaging, Don't Know Much About The Presidents. Written in an easy to read, question and answer, conversational format, Mr Davis packs this book chock full of historical information, fun facts, and trivia. Learn about each of our 43 president's talents, idiosyncracies and family, his inauguration, important achievements, and life in the White House during the time he served. Each biographical spread is complemented by Pedro Martin's charmingly witty and humorous illustrations that enhance the text and just add to all the fun. With a detailed timeline highlighting important and interesting historical events running continuously along the bottom of each page, Don't Know Much About The Presidents is a treasure trove of fun and information that's perfect for kids 8 and up. So find out which president's good luck charm was a red carnation, and enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I like this book because it tells me all the facts about
the presidents and I love to study presidents. My 14 year
old sister needed help with her report on Theodore Roosevelt and
Franklin D. Roosevelt and she asked me because she knew I would
know some things! I have checked "Don't know much about the
Presidents" out of the library and since I have to take it back,
my dad said he would buy me my own copy to keep!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful introduction to learning about the presidents, even for younger children who express an interest. Our five-year-old is a good reader, and can manage much of this book herself. A great one to keep in the back of the car for short (or long) trips. Or pick a president each night to learn about at bedtime. This book is written at a level that can be appreciated by the younger set, but because it's got a sense of humor and some fun facts about each president, will also be enjoyed by older children (and adults!). We're enjoying re-learning about the presidents again with our daughter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful introduction to learning about the presidents, even for younger children who express an interest. Our five-year-old is a good reader, and can manage much of this book herself. A great one to keep in the back of the car for short (or long) trips. Or pick a president each night to learn about at bedtime. This book is written at a level that can be appreciated by the younger set, but because it's got a sense of humor and some fun facts about each president, will also be enjoyed by older children (and adults!). We're enjoying re-learning about the presidents again with our daughter!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gerlach on March 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
My 8-year-old daughter has literally memorized this book. I think what's so engaging are the quirky facts and the way they're presented. She has now asked me to get her any books I come across by Kenneth Davis. What more can you ask for: a book that is so educational but one that kids will read over and over, all of their own initiative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an educational book that tells you about the presidents in a fun way. It gives interesting facts about their lives; like,for example, did you know George Washington's dentures were made of elephant and walrus tusks, cow, hippo, and even human teeth?! This book includes important dates, events, and timelines. Great illustrations. I would highly recommend you read this book for knowledge, and a few laughs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 7) for Reader Views (2/09)

"Don't Know Much About the Presidents" by Kenneth C. Davis gives information about all 44 U.S. Presidents, including our new President Barrack Obama. Some of the information is funny. James Madison was about as tall as a pipsqueak. He weighed less than a hundred pounds and was about the size of my eleven-year-old brother. George Washington never had a toothache as president because he had only one real tooth. There was plenty of serious information in the book, too, and there was a timeline of things that happened during each person's presidency.

There are funny drawings and cartoons. George Bush was a World War 2 fighter pilot and survived four plane crashes. There is a funny drawing of a burning plane and George Bush as the pilot saying "Whoops. Again." There was also a very funny drawing of William Howard Taft, our fattest president, stuck in the bathtub! (He was 332 pounds!)

I would recommend "Don't Know Much About the Presidents" by Kenneth C. Davis to people who want to learn more about the presidents and politics. This is a 63-page book with lots of information. It took about two hours to read the book out loud but it only seemed like five minutes because it was so good. You'll keep thinking about this book even after you finish reading it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carnation on January 17, 2013
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This was OK however rather short. It only pointed out four or five facts about each president with some quaint illistrations plus a time line, and that's all there was to it. Don't expect to learn much about the Presidents. It's meant for 8 to 12 year olds. I felt the advertisement should have pointed that out.
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