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The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past Hardcover – October 16, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Times; 1st edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867446
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David S. Kidder is an entrepreneur with a wide range of technology and marketing expertise. Kidder and his companies have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fast Company. Kidder is a graduate of Rochester Institute of
Technology and was a recipient of ID magazine's International Design Award. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, Johanna, and son.

Noah D. Oppenheim, a senior producer of NBC's Today show, has extensive experience in television and print journalism. He has produced and reported for Scarborough Country and Hardball with Chris Matthews, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, and the Weekly Standard. He resides in New York City.

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It is very informative and interesting and makes a great gift too.
Jenny Zimmer
I really hate gift buying, just because it seems nowadays when people want something, they buy it for themselves.
Jeffrey Zack
The reason was because it was not that sort of book; it was meant to be read one page each day for 365 days.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A little over a year ago, I was given the opportunity to review "The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class." I said in my review that I did not intend to read the entire book before writing my review. The reason was because it was not that sort of book; it was meant to be read one page each day for 365 days. The book was a year's worth of learning about seven topics (a different one for each day of the week): history, literature, visual arts, science, music, philosophy, and religion. The book was designed to be similar to the popular religious or spiritual devotionals used every day by millions of people. I have just completed the year's worth of reading (I actually started the book before the first of this year so, of course, I finished it before the start of next year). "The Intellectual Devotional" was everything I expected it to be and I repeat my high recommendation of it.

Now the authors, David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim, present to us a second volume of what I suppose will become a "devotional" series. This one is titled "The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation's Past." It is set up with the same format as the first one, except that the seven topics (all related to American history) are: politics & leadership, war & peace, rights & reform, business, building America, literature, and arts. Again, one general topic for each day of the week with 365 learning pages. As with the first volume, I have not read the entire book before writing this review. I have perused the text, reading here and there, and am impressed with the scope of the subject matter.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Zack on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to say I went into the second Intellectual Devotional a little biased, since I loved the first one so much. I really hate gift buying, just because it seems nowadays when people want something, they buy it for themselves. It's hard to buy books for people, but I've been giving the first gift to numerous friends for holiday gifts and birthday gifts and everyone loves it!

Don't be scared off by the subject matter if you don't think you're that interested in American History - in addition to being informative, the authors fill each entry with fun and interesting facts and anecdotes that will draw the interest of any reader. It's not all Civil War battles and Presidents...there are also entries on who designed the nation's coins, the invention of barbed wire, and the history of Coca Cola.

This is a great little book to keep at your bedside. I find myself constantly skipping ahead because I see a entry title like the one for the Bay of Pigs invasion and realize I hear the event referenced frequently, but really don't remember why it was significant! Let's be honest, books like these help all of us avoid looking like idiots at dinner parties!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Andrews on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Devote five minutes a day to this book, and in one year you'll be able to dazzle - or annoy - your friends with your newfound knowledge about America's past. The Intellectual Devotional: American History is sliced 365 ways and delivered to you in fun-size chunks, one page at a time. It covers seven categories, one for each day of the week.

On each page is a one paragraph summary followed by several paragraphs of detail, followed by two or three footnote-looking trivia nuggets. This reader's digest of U.S. history keeps it brief and interesting.

On Mondays, we learn about Politics and Leadership, from Washington delivering the shortest inaugural address on record to John F. Kennedy winning the Pulitzer Prize.

Tuesdays bring the subject of War and Peace, where we learn tidbits like John Adams, America's second president, serving as the defense attorney to the commander of the British troops following the Boston Massacre. And that two percent of the U.S. population died during the Civil War. Two percent! That's like nine million people at today's prices.

The topic for Wednesdays is Rights and Reform. We follow America's journey living up to its philosophical promise, briefly exploring subjects such as the Great Awakenings and multiple civil rights movements.

On Thursdays, we get down to Business, or the history of it and its impact on the American economy through discoveries of natural resources and advances in technology from the Cotton Gin to the Gold Rush to the Internet.

Friday's theme is Building America, where we learn about the history of building, as well as destroying, America's infrastructure. How did barbed wire get started? Whose idea was that? When did Yankee stadium open, and when do they plan to tear it down? Did Mrs.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By H. Clinton on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This simply put is a fascinating and fun book. It's like a miniature index of intelligence. There are things in here that will interest you or perhaps intrigue you enough to buy his first book The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class. I also highly recommend the book Understanding: Train of Thought; you won't be disappointed with any of these.
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