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National Geographic Almanac of American History Paperback – August 21, 2007
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About the Author
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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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
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.
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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I got this as a gift. The recipient was very pleased with the book and the information that the book covered.Published on February 23, 2010 by M. Reed
The National Geographic Almanac of American History is a good book to have.
Lots of detailed information and maps. Read more
Handy to have on the shelf for checking facts of American History. Looks like a textbook. Reads like a textbook. Hey, I think it is a textbook.Published on February 17, 2009 by Charlet P. Grace
For your Information the Big Bang is a proven scientific theory. And I suppose you think god created the universe and made the earth in 6 days right. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Debra Basolis-scavelli
I think this book a well written consist summary of American history. The reason I did not rate it 5 stars is because of the opening statement on page 14. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by BHAnderson