Search Results: "Kenneth C. Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"An informative, readable compendium of the many fallacies of modern warfare—including the fact that the inventor of the Gatling gun thought his instrument would decrease casualties."
Six turning points in military history and American democracy. Read full book review >

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DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PIONEERS by Kenneth C. Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Though an adequate introduction, this is not for serious readers. (time line, additional resources) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
In an addition to his series that repeatedly demonstrates how much we don't know, Davis tackles the pioneer days and routes to the west. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2010

"Mostly engaging but rarely edifying."
Don't Know Much About® series creator Davis (America's Hidden History, 2008, etc.) examines six little-known episodes that influenced American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An accessible and informed guide to an always-fascinating subject, and an ideal reference for the general reader."
The latest addition to the Don't Know Much About series (Don't Know Much About History, 2003, etc.) is an engaging handbook on gods, goddesses and the civilizations they have inspired. Read full book review >

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DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS by Kenneth C. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The tedious format only occasionally dulls the author's sharp descriptive and analytical skills."
The author of Don't Know Much About History and similar titles returns with a sometimes-saucy handbook on the American presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An important and timely corrective. (timelines, source notes, bibliography, index). (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Known for his Don't Know Much About… series, Davis here focuses on the lives of five individuals who were enslaved to some of the most important proponents of American liberty; "Only then can we really understand and possibly move past the stain of a racist past that still haunts America." Read full book review >

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DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE 50 STATES by Kenneth C. Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Because Davis's accuracy is sometimes as casual as his style—not all of the Alamo's defenders were Texans, for instance, and Davy Crockett wore a coonskin cap far more often in legend than in life—it's not a primary purchase for libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
The author of the popular adult Don't Know Much About series goes after a younger audience, laying out a skimpy assortment of random facts about the states and using the same lighthearted Q&A format. Read full book review >

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FDR by Kenneth S. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"The means by which all this occurred are not explained here."
Fourth and below-par volume of Davis's ongoing biography of FDR (1986, etc.), this entry covering 1936-40. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1993

"More to the point, though, it's a consistently absorbing and instructive piece of work with potentially wide appeal. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
The gritty, well-told tale of an overdue change in leadership at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 19, 2011

"Sincere, compelling and well-intentioned."
Drinnon's earnest account of serving in the Air Force during World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"While Davis's insights aren't particularly new, his examination of Lincoln from the viewpoint of the average Union soldier confirms 'Old Abe's' undeniable genius as a wartime leader."
A worthwhile, though hardly groundbreaking study of the emotional bonds forged between the average Union soldier and "Father Abraham" Lincoln. Read full book review >