- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482615975
- ISBN-13: 978-1482615975
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One slight anomaly is that while this is indicated to be a history of the United States of America, almost half the book is devoted to pre-Revolutionary North American history-- and not just the British colonies, but European explorers going back to the Vikings, and the Spanish, French and Dutch colonies. This is not a bad thing, however... I actually learned things from this early part of the book (or at least came across some interesting stories I hadn't encountered before) whereas the part dealing with actual U.S. history covered material I'm already mostly familar with.
As I said, I wouldn't advise anyone to seek their whole knowledge of American history from this book. Besides cutting off at the end of World War I, it obviously, as someone noted, lacks the benefit of recent historical research and findings. And while I'm not an apostle of political correctness, still it's undeniable that the treatment here of American Indians and African-Americans is pretty patronizing. But this is certainly worth looking at as a supplement to moe modern treatments of American history.
Other wise, really entertaining history for children, keeping in mind the time period will not be politically correct.