Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Two Minute Book Review -- Kenneth C. Davis's America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation
Generally, I'm leery of any history book that claims special knowledge that is going to be revealed or a radical knew way of looking at the world or ... well you get the idea. I mean, I like watching BBC and History Channel history programs, but they have to be sensationalized to be profitable and these book are the same. So I read this book. It's a pretty good straightforward discussion of American history. After the first section, it's all about the revolution. I'm not sure what was supposed to be the hidden part of the history however. There wasn't anything in it that I didn't know about, but he did a good job of telling American history without the unabashed fawning over those figures who are generally fawned over -- Washington, Jefferson, etc. I'd recommend it if you'd like a basic primer. Are high school's really not teaching this stuff? Yeah, Washington really screwed up in the 7 Years War. We've heard.