Don't Know Much About George Washington by Kenneth C. Davis

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•Where did George go to college? (see page 20)

•Why didn't he sign the Declaration of Independence? (see page 60)

•Did everyone vote for him to be president of the United States? (see page 92)

Best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis lays aside popular myth to unveil the true character of an avid farmer -- and our nation's first president. He weaves a smooth, flowing narrative into the trademark question-and-answer format of his popular Don't Know Much About® series, peppering this outstanding biography with informational sidebars and compelling quotes. Washington's life illuminates a glorious era in American history. Maps, reproductions from the period, and clever black-and-white illustrations by Rob Shepperson help re-create the flavor of these exciting times.

 

About Kenneth C. Davis

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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of "A Nation Rising"; "America's Hidden History"; and "Don't Know Much About-->?--> History", which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About-->?--> series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered". He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com. Rob Shepperson was born and raised in a sleepy Southern state.? For years, he has been making drawings for grown-ups' newspapers.? Illustrating children's books has lured him back into a world where the stories are true-to-life.? During waking hours, he lives with his family in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.?Visit him online atwww.robshepperson.com.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by HarperTrophy. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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The first president is also a subject in one of two new entries in Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About series. George Washington, illus. by Rob Shepperson, and Sitting Bull, illus. by Sergio M

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Readers may be surprised to learn, for example, that the ratification of the constitution was not ""a sure thing,"" requiring nine of the 13 states' approval (Virginia and New York were two of the holdouts) or that 17 African-American men were elected to Congress between 1869 and 1876.

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Davis, author of the trademarked series of Don't Know Much About primers, seeks to dispel public boredom and ignorance about history and correct mistakes about various historical events in this update of his bestselling survey of American history.

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Davis (Don't Know Much About History) attempts to teach us everything we need to know about the Bible but never learned.

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In this presidential election year, bestselling author Davis (Don't Know Much About History) returns with an absorbing take on the American presidency.

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by Sergio Martinez, both follow the author's established q&a format and present an abundance of information, both weighty and frivolous, about these important American figures.

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City Book Review

Each of the presidential terms is analyzed by the milestones of the presidency and provides invaluable resources, such as major documents recounting the lives of the Presidents and suggested readings on their lives.

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Deseret News

Davis presents every president from George Washington to Barack Obama in a new book titled "Don't Know Much About the American Presidents" designed to help readers know more about these icons of American history.

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Tulsa World

Davis quotes presidential historian Marcus Cunliffe on the American public's outsized expectations of what the president should be: "Could it be," Cunliffe writes, "that Americans have something more dangerous: not an Imperial Presidency or an Imperiled but a plumb Impossible Presidency?"

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