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  • Don't Know Much about Space
    ISBN 0060286016 (0-06-028601-6)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    If Earth is round, why don't people on the other side of the world fall off? (see page 26)Is Mars red because it's embarrassed? (see page 49)If black holes are invisible, how do we know they're there? (see page 86)Using the popular style that has won millions of readers, best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis blasts off for the stars! With an entertaining question-and-answer format, amusing anecdotes, and fact-filled sidebars, he sets his sights on the mysteries of space.Humorous illustrations, along with NASA photographs, add fun and excitement to this fascinating and comprehensive book. Davis takes you back to the time when the Babylonians first charted the stars -- over three thousand years ago! You'll uncover amazing facts about the planets and stars, read how people were once convinced that Earth was the center of the universe, and discover how the experience of moonwalking astronauts may someday lead us to become pioneers on other planets.This book is the perfect companion to Don't Know Much About® The Universe -- and all the other books in the New York Times best-selling Don't Know Much About® series.

  • Don't Know Much About the 50 States
    ISBN 0060286075 (0-06-028607-5)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    From the author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About History comes a terrific new series for kids. In Don't Know Much About the 50 States, young readers will be amazed to discover how entertaining U.S. geography and history can be. Using an engaging question-and-answer format, Kenneth C. Davis reveals the mysteries and claims to fame behind each state in the United States. What is a Tar Heel, anyway? Why do many buildings in New Mexico look different from those in other states? To build Nevada's Hoover Dam, did it really take two years of continual concrete pouring? What state is nicknamed the Flickertail State? Each state gets its own page (except Texas, California, and New York, with two apiece), with an outline of the featured state, a couple paragraphs of text, and miscellaneous sidebars and quizzes. Tucked in among the tidbits of trivia are some substantial pieces of information about each state, including its nickname, year of statehood, capital, state flower, and state bird. Goofy illustrations by Renee Andriani contribute to the lively, upbeat tone of this useful resource. It's not comprehensive, by any means, but it'll certainly spark an interest in geography.

    Other titles in the series include Don't Know Much About Planet Earth, Don't Know Much About Space, and Don't Know Much About the Solar System. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

  • Don't Know Much about the Kings and Queens of England
    ISBN 0060286113 (0-06-028611-3)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    Do you know which British queen ruled for 63 years? Who the first royal bookworm was? Which king brought lions and camels and polar bears (oh my!) to London? If you don't know much about the kings and queens of England, salvation is here! This regal entry in Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About series explores the amazing real lives (and some of the made-up stories) of two dozen of the most interesting members of the British monarchy over the last thousand years. In keeping with other titles in the popular series, Davis uses a lively question-and-answer format, along with illustrator S.D. Schindler's humorous artwork, to introduce readers to the sometimes bizarre world of royalty, right up to present day, when young prince and heir to the throne William wears an electronic tracking bracelet to keep him in constant contact with palace security (apparently Harry can run around untracked). A complete chronological listing of all the kings and queens of England concludes the book. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

  • Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims
    ISBN 0060286091 (0-06-028609-1)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    • How much fun was life aboard the Mayflower?
    • Did Pilgrims dance with Indians to Plymouth Rock?
    • If there was no football to watch on TV, what did people do during the first Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving today is a time for families to say grace and gobble turkey. But why did the Pilgrims start this tradition? And who were these people anyway?

    Now you can discover a wealth of cool and astonishing facts about the Pilgrims. Did you know that they made the long ocean journey in a cramped boat, or that the friendly Indians helped the Pilgrims survive that first winter? Would you have liked being a child in Plymouth? You wouldn't have gone to school, but just read about the chores you would have done!

    Kenneth C. Davis delivers another outstanding picture book in the Don't Know Much About series. With his trademark question-and-answer format and S. D. Schindler's detailed artwork, you'll get an insider's view of the Pilgrims' life. It wasn't easy, but they helped make America what it is today. Now that is something to give thanks for!

  • Don't Know Much about the Pioneers
    ISBN 0060286172 (0-06-028617-2)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    • How did pioneers catch "Oregon Fever"?
    • Were buffalo chips a tasty after-school snack?
    • What famous western outlaw was really just a kid?

    Westward ho! Pack up your wagon and come along on this thrilling adventure. Read about the brave pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail, and share their excitement in finally settling into a log cabin or sod house.

    Unfortunately, the West wasn't always the paradise the pioneers thought it would be. Harsh weather, accidents, and disease often delayed their journeys. And after they arrived, the chores were endless! Can you imagine helping to make bread, jelly, soap, and even your own clothes ... by hand?

    Kenneth C. Davis shows readers the real pioneer life in his trademark question-and-answer style. With cool quotes, fascinating sidebars, and lively illustrations by Renée Andriani, the West doesn't get any wilder than this.

  • Don't Know Much About the Presidents
    ISBN 0061718238 (0-06-171823-8)
    Softcover, HarperCollins

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    Ready for some quirky facts about the presidents of the United States? Andrew Jackson had to sneak out of his own inauguration party and sleep in a hotel because his fans got so wild. Poker-playing Warren G. Harding once gambled away a set of White House china. Lyndon B. Johnson was an auto mechanic, a grape picker, and a high-school teacher before becoming president.

    Kenneth C. Davis's tremendously popular Don't Know Much About... series takes on America's commanders in chief in this entertaining, often enlightening guide to the 43 presidents. Each president is allotted a page or three, which includes years in office, highlights of his time in power, and weird bits of trivia, including George Washington's propensity for brushing his horse's teeth every morning (although he himself didn't believe much in bathing) and spiffy dresser Chester Arthur's habit of changing his pants many times a day. A timeline runs along the bottom of most pages, describing major milestones in American history. It's fun and educational, how about that? (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

  • Don't Know Much About the Solar System
    ISBN 006028613X (0-06-028613-X)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    Five minutes with this book, and no one will be able to say they "don't know much about the solar system." Chock-full of facts, questions, and answers about the sun, gravity, planets, astronauts, space exploration, asteroids, the moon, and so much more, Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About the Solar System is a terrific resource for anyone interested in what's out there. Geared toward readers aged 6 to 9, the book uses a fun question-and-answer format, as well as riddles and humorous illustrations by Pedro Martin, to make learning about the solar system a positively sunny experience. Young readers discover why the moon is different shapes on different nights, which planets (besides Saturn) have rings, what's beyond the Milky Way, and why, if the earth is round, people on the other side don't fall off.

    Davis, author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About History, has turned to a younger audience with his Don't Know Much About series. Don't Know Much About the 50 States is a great companion to the solar system title, while Don't Know Much About Planet Earth and Don't Know Much About Space work well for older readers. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

  • Don't Know Much About the Universe: Everything You Need to Know About Outer Space but Never Learned
    ISBN 0060932562 (0-06-093256-2)
    Softcover, Harper Perennial

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    From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, subjects engaging the heavens and outer space have intrigued people through the ages. And yet so many of us look up at the night sky and have to admit that we are totally in the dark when it comes to the most basic facts about the heavens.

    Into the void steps Kenneth C. Davis with the latest addition to his bestselling and critically acclaimed DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT® series. Don't Know Much About® the Universe is a lively and readable guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration, from the beginning of civilization to the present. Using the now-familiar and popular question-and-answer format that has appealed to millions of readers, Davis sets his sights on a subject that has inspired the greatest of fascinations, produced many popular misconceptions, and ultimately helped shape the course of history.

    From a historical overview of man's preoccupation with space to a guided tour of our solar system and beyond, Kenneth Davis seeks, as always, to entertain as he teaches. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.

    For example:

    Who dug those canals on Mars?
    Is a "blue moon" really blue?
    What does astronomy have to do with astrology?
    Will we end with a bang or a whimper?

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  • Don't Know Much About The Universe: Everything You Need to Know About the Cosmos but Never Learned
    ISBN 0060194596 (0-06-019459-6)
    Hardcover, Harper

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    From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, subjects engaging the heavens and outer space have intrigued people through the ages. And yet so many of us look up at the night sky and have to admit that we are totally in the dark when it comes to the most basic facts about the heavens.

    Into the void steps Kenneth C. Davis with the latest addition to his bestselling and critically acclaimed DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT® series. Don't Know Much About® the Universe is a lively and readable guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people that have shaped space exploration, from the beginning of civilization to the present. Using the now-familiar and popular question-and-answer format that has appealed to millions of readers, Davis sets his sights on a subject that has inspired the greatest of fascinations, produced many popular misconceptions, and ultimately helped shape the course of history.

    From a historical overview of man's preoccupation with space to a guided tour of our solar system and beyond, Kenneth Davis seeks, as always, to entertain as he teaches. He looks at issues that go beyond the bounds of simple "Science 101" and asks the kinds of questions we may have wanted to ask back in school but didn't have the nerve.

    For example:

    Who dug those canals on Mars?
    Is a "blue moon" really blue?
    What does astronomy have to do with astrology?
    Will we end with a bang or a whimper?

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  • Don't Know Much About Thomas Jefferson
    ISBN 0060288213 (0-06-028821-3)
    HarperCollins

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    • What did young Thomas Jefferson think of slavery?
    • How long did it take him to write the Declaration of Independence?
    • What was unusual about Jefferson's home, Monticello?

    As author of the Declaration of Independence and as third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson shaped our young nation. Read about his childhood in rural Virginia. Discover his talent for designing a beautiful home. Learn how this complex man fought for cherished liberties both at home and abroad -- yet insisted on keeping slaves until his death.

    Bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis reveals the life of a brilliant thinker whose work still impacts America today. Maps, reproductions from the period, and spirited black-and-white illustrations by Rob Shepperson illuminate the revolutionary times in which Jefferson lived.

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  • Don't Know Much About World Myths
    ISBN 0060286059 (0-06-028605-9)
    Hardcover, HarperCollins

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    Whether it's the adventures of Greek gods and goddesses or Norse trickster tales, we all love to hear a good story. Kenneth C. Davis gives readers a taste of the diverse myths that live on in the cultures and religions around the world today. In his trademark question-and-answer style, peppered with entertaining sidebars and quotes, he also shows how almost every civilization's mythology shares common themes. A wealth of photographs and art reproductions, along with clever black-and-white illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier, helps convey mythology's lasting vitality. This is the perfect young companion to Don't Know Much About® Mythology -- and other titles in Davis's best-selling Don't Know Much About® series.

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  • A Nation Rising: Untold Tales from America's Hidden History
    ISBN 0061118214 (0-06-111821-4)
    Softcover, Harper Paperbacks

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    In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States went from a tiny newborn nation on the Atlantic seaboard to a near-empire that spanned the continent. But America's path to nationhood was vastly more complex than the tidily packaged national myth of a destiny made manifest by visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. In A Nation Rising, bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis offers fascinating, intertwining stories about historical episodes whose great issuesambition, power, territorial expansion, slavery, intolerance, civil rights, freedom of the pressreverberate to this day, including:

    • Aaron Burr's 1807 trial, culminating in one of our nation's first media circuses
    • The 1813 Indian uprising and ensuing massacre, exposing the powerful conflicts at the heart of America's expansion
    • The mutiny aboard the slave ship Creole, illustrating how the institution of slavery both destroyed lives and warped our nation's founding
    • The bloody "Bible Riots" in Philadelphia, erupting in an early episode of deadly anti-immigrant sentiment

    Eye-opening history and riveting storytelling, A Nation Rising is a powerful reminder of the ways in which our past continues to shape our present.

  • A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History
    ISBN 0061118206 (0-06-111820-6)
    Hardcover, Smithsonian

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    History in Daviss hands is loud, coarse, painful, funny, irreverentand memorable.
     San Francisco Chronicle

    Following on his New York Times bestsellers Americas Hidden History and Dont Know Much About History, Ken Davis explores the next chapter in the countrys hidden history: the gritty first half of the 19th century, among the most tumultuous in the nations short life.

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  • Que Se Yo de la Biblia: Todo lo Que Necesitas Saber Acerca del Libro Sagrado (Spanish Edition)
    ISBN 0060820799 (0-06-082079-9)
    Softcover, Rayo

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    Con humor, ingenio y un extraordinario talento para convertir la historia más complicada en informativos testimonios ydivertidas anécdotas, Kenneth C. Davis nos explica el mundo del Antiguo y del Nuevo Testamento como nunca antes. Disponible por primera vez en español, Qué Sé Yo de la Biblia es una herramienta indispensable para comprender el libro sagrado.

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  • Qué Sé Yo del Universo: Todo lo que Necesitas Saber Acerca del Espacio (Que Se Yo) (Spanish Edition)
    ISBN 006082087X (0-06-082087-X)
    Softcover, Rayo

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    Desde las antiguas civilizaciones que hicieron mapas de los cielos a Star Trek, X-Files y Apolo 13, el espacio sideral ha intrigado a la gente por mucho tiempo. Sin embargo, la mayoría de nosotros miramos el cielo nocturno y sentimos que no sabemos nada en cuanto a los hechos principales del universo.

    Kenneth C. Davis nos ofrece una animada e interesante guía a los descubrimientos, las teorías y las verdaderas personas que arrojaron luz sobre los misterios y las maravillas de los cosmos. Descubre por qué Einstein era tan genio, la verdad tras una o dos lunas azules, los increíbles secretos tras Stonehenge y cómo un gran astrónomo perdió la nariz.

    Con el divertido formato de preguntas y respuestas que tanto atrae a los millones de lectores de su popular serie Qué Sé Yo, disfrutarás de una exploración del sistema solar, la Vía Láctea y el más allá.

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