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United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Amsco School Publications; 2nd Revised edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567656609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567656602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (620 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a pity this book will end up in the hands of kids who don't know any better...
Deb M
A US history book that can't even get the text of the bill of rights down correctly, can't properly be called a history book can it?
ViscousMF
This is a high school AP History text book and it can't even get the Bill of Rights correct?
T. Koeppel

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424 of 500 people found the following review helpful By doug on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book gives a breif synopsis onf our bill of rights. This is quoting how they explain the 2nd ammendment. "The people have a right to bare arms in a state militia."
This goes against every supreme court decision on the meaning of the second ammendment. As the first line of the 2nd is actually a preamble. Popular in writings of that time. This book has very little real history inside. Its mostly just a progessive indoctrination peice...
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436 of 516 people found the following review helpful By Akasha on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
At the very least, the bill of rights is completely revised, so if you read this, as your source of information, you have no idea what the ORIGINAL Bill of Rights states.

Is this an accident? Probably not. Have you read 1984?

That this kind of book is allowed to be published is a crime. The author is a traitor to the Constitution.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on September 16, 2013
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The attempt to summarize the bill of right completely changes the intent of the language used. Here are the first two:

Constitution First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Book Summary First Amendment: Congress may make no laws that infringe a citizen's right to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Congress may not favor one religion over another (separation of church and state).

Constitution Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Book Summary Second Amendment: The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.

The constitution is not something that should be summarized. It is a law, not some mission statement.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on September 16, 2013
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No AP text should paraphrase a hinge pin of American history like the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, a misinterpretation of the second amendment that defies all legal proceedings that reference it is nothing short of revisionism. We don't need revisionist texts being distributed to our children any more than we need crystal meth. Any book publisher capable of distributing a text like this does not deserve your business.
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320 of 387 people found the following review helpful By information_junkie on September 16, 2013
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***WARNING: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! It contains so called "history" that is inaccurate and untrue. Please ask that Amazon remove it.***

Amazon needs to remove this untrue, offensive, revisionist tripe from it's inventory. The authors are deliberately misinforming, i.e., LYING TO, the readers who will be unfortunate enough to be dumbed down by this carefully contrived piece of propaganda.

On page 102 there is a "summary" of the Bill of Rights. It is not a summary but a list of the alleged first ten amendments and the text is NOT ACCURATE. This is not the United States Constitution Bill of Rights but a wish list by the authors of what they would prefer if they could overturn the Bill of Rights. Here is a photo of page 102:

[...]

And, here, is the ACTUAL text of the REAL Bill of Rights:

[...]

A most deliberate re-writing of the actual amendments text. One needs to question who the authors are and why they are attempting to dis-inform their readers. What is the agenda here? A close examination of what the authors have substituted in place of the authentic text should alarm all students of history and anyone who values their rights.

The title of this book is "United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination". This is neither history nor suitable for any "advanced" placement in anything but ignorance. Even worse, this is being passed off as COLLEGE LEVEL.

The disinfo contained in this book is no accident and the agenda is sinister. There are anti American, anti constitution forces at work in this country and you're looking at the product of two of their minions.

I am requesting that Amazon immediately remove this item and stop offering it for sale.
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218 of 263 people found the following review helpful By Peter N. Neff on September 16, 2013
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In an attempt at being succinct, this textbook has changed the meaning of the Bill of Rights. I have to admit that I have not read any other part of this textbook or any of AMSCO's other products, but if they revise this portion of this book than I would not trust any of their other products.
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256 of 310 people found the following review helpful By Celia on September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
That is what the title should be. A good number of students seem to love this book, but I'm not surprised. It's written at an 8th grade level or lower so that this generation of American's can read it without taking a SPED class.

The next edition will probably wipe out the Constitution of the US entirely and replace it with Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. I imagine the progressive college professors are giddy with excitement knowing that their agenda is sanctified by the Dept of Ed and spoon fed to young, impressionable minds.
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273 of 331 people found the following review helpful By T. Koeppel on September 16, 2013
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This text book should stay on the shelves and rot. Don't even consider buying it to educate your children if you're intested in historical facts.

This is a high school AP History text book and it can't even get the Bill of Rights correct? Not only is it a poor paraphrase of the 2nd amendment, its an outright lie.

The text book says "Second amendment: the people have the right to keep an bear arms in a state militia"

This implies that the amendment defines the rights of the people in what they may keep and bear arms for, and then also implies that it is only for the purpose of a state militia.

The actual second amendment says "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

This is clearly worded as a limit placed on government regarding the infringement of the people's natural, God-given right, to bear arms.

I'd give it zero stars, but evidently I had to give at least one to write this review.
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