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National Geographic Almanac of American History Paperback – August 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426200994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426200991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Miller earned his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University. After teaching at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, he was an editor in economics and history. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is currently writing a full-scale biography of a major figure in American history.

John Thompson is the author of six National Geographic books, including America's Historic Trails and Wildlands of the Upper South, and is currently researching a book on Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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History can actually come alive once again at the touch of a finger.
richard e whitelock
Great book: easy to read, very interesting and we must know history of country.
Angelica Amini
The National Geographic Almanac of American History is a good book to have.
M. B. De Vroom

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Hylton on August 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I had borrowed this book from our local library and was very impressed. There's so much information in it and so many great pictures...it is worth having on your shelf and you will refer to it often as you look up historical words or questions you run into, your children can use it for school...It is the only book of this kind, that I could find, that has the entire history and is not concentrating on just one time-period or subject abt. American history. I also bought the "world history" one from National Georaphic. It is a great price and I haven't seen it at this price anywhere else (trust me I've done some research before buying).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By An Amazonian on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book seems to have been written to run about 500 pages before it was cut down to its final length of 338 pages. many of the sections I've read have been difficult to truly understand--sometimes the authors makes claims that need more explanation, and other times the sentences or paragraphs seem to be non sequitors. Great images, though.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marjean Gingrich on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For adults who either loved or hated American history in high school and college, this is an excellent review. A well organized format starts as a general overview of progressive periods, and follows up with a more specific description of each era. Every section features maps or art representative of the period. All in all, this book displays the excellence we have come to expect of National Geographic.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
The National Geographic Almanac of American History makes a wonderful reference book on American history if one is looking for one title that covers American history from prehistory to the present. The book is very user-friendly and well-organized, and is divided into the following:
The Land
Milestones [covering immigration, religion, rise of democracy, language, legal system,slavery, industry, social reform, conservation and environment, civil rights, space race, and global mission]
Major Eras [from prehistory - present]
At a Glance
Appendix
Recommended reading
Index
Illustrations credits

Though I wouldn't say this book is exhaustive in its scope, it is wide and the work is enhanced by more than 200 illustrations and maps. The essays that cover some milestone events are insightful and the illustrated time lines of important events are very useful. For those who like to read a history book with lavish illustrations, this book does an admirable job and is well-worth the money, especially at the discounted rate offered here. It makes an excellent supplementary reference tool for students, history aficionados, and reference book collectors, and would enhance any personal library. A great companion work to this would be the "Almanac of World History" also by National Geographic.
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A must book for all libraries. So much of the important events and dates are buried in past editions that most students will never see nor read in a lifetime. Under today's education priorities, you may never hear of the event moreorless read about it..It is well organized and written. Grade school children can use it as quick reference and more mature readers can thumb through the pages and simply relive history. Lots of great photographs and interesting stories. History can actually come alive once again at the touch of a finger. Read it and enjoy and your own leisure. REW
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mommy on March 7, 2009
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Very informative, but a LOT of typo's. I would expect better out of a book bearing the "National Geographic" name.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Feonix.B on March 4, 2010
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National Geographic seems to place some thought into the references they create; this edition of American history was no exception.

The pages are well-organized, easy to read and full of side-bar facts, commentaries and anecdotes that are easy to remember. The pages are also very engaging and entertain even my young child!

Overall: A+ --> a very good investment for our home library.
We also purchased, the American Time Line: National Geographic Concise History of the World: An Illustrated Time Line (Timeline)
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