I was given the opportunity to read both the Complete Idiot’s Guide American History and the U. S. History for Dummies. Along with the two books, I received a highlighter, and a book bag. I had the chance to compare the two to see which one I preferred. I wanted to do more than that though, so, I included other family members in this review.
First of course is my opinion. I much prefer the Complete Idiots’s Guide. I feel that the material covered is easier to understand. It is well, written and holds your interest. So, after I made my choice, I had my ten year old read a chapter out of each book on the Revolutionary War and asked her opinion of which one she preferred. She also chose the Complete Idiot’s Guide sating that she learned more. Mind you, she is my history buff. If it is remotely connected to history, she wants to read it. I also had my 14 year old read a chapter out of each on the Wild West! She does not care for history the way my younger daughter does, but she also chose the Complete Idiot’s Guide. Last of all I appealed to my 24 year old daughter who learned HTML from the Complete Idiot’s Guide. She said that out of the books that she tried she also chose the Idiot’s Guides. She felt they covered the material more thoroughly, in an easy to understand format. Mind you she taught herself HTML from this book, and now helps on our ministry website, and solves problems for me when I get stuck.
Now, I will tell you, for the book to hold my interest in history it has to be reasonably interesting. I think it has something to do with all the dates. I did well in school, A-B Honor Roll, etc. but math and history were probably my least favorite subjects. I still did well, they were just not the top of my list. I actually found the Complete Idiot’s Guide American History interesting! I actually learned a few things! Throughout the book are little boxes that include extra information. One is American Echo that lists memorable statements or quotes. American Life Features biographical sketches of an era's most significant and representative figures. What's the Word defines buzzwords from that time and place. Vital Statistics includes key numbers relating to an era or event, like population statistics, war casualties, costs, etc. Remember This will give you the most significant or representative single event of an era ranging from historical milestones to pop culture landmarks.
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