Monday, November 1, 2010

The American Patriots Almanac by William J. Bennett and John Cribb

As a blogger for booksneeze, I am reviewing the American Patriots Almanac by William J. Bennett and John Cribb published by Thomas Nelson. This book is a combination of a "devotional" book and a history book in one geared especially for those interested readers in American history.  Actually it is like a devotional book of historical facts, figures, historic places and events. As an almanac of American History and its historical figures, a vast amount of information is presented in this book.  What makes this patriotic themed almanac unique is that there are 365 entries, one for each day of the year. Well known figures such as Abraham Lincoln as well as lesser known historical personalities are included in this encyclopedia- like volume.  Plenty of statistics, dates and trivia facts are contained within this volume as well.  Each month has its own theme.  For example, April is dedicated to a survey of American movies. The entire month of May is dedicated to flag etiquette and February is dedicated to the various flags of the revolution.  There is bound to be something to appeal to a wide variety of interests.  In a day where many modern readers are used to small broken up passages of texts and quick facts, this book is sure to appeal to a wide audience and the casual reader alike. The passages of text and information are broken down into smaller digestible chunks of information for today's modern reader. Anyone who enjoys any type of quick fact book, will appreciate this almanac.  Furthermore, this book is a great introduction to American history and trivia. It is a good springboard to introduce the reader to various historical facts.   The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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