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  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much About Space
  • 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

  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much About the Pilgrims
  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much About the Pioneers
  • 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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    Who dug those canals on Mars? What was the biblical Star of Bethlehem? Were the pyramids built by extraterrestrials?

    From the ancients who charted the heavens to Star Trek, The X-Files, and Apollo 13, outer space has intrigued people through the ages. Yet most of us look up at the night sky and feel totally in the dark when it comes to the basic facts about the universe.

    Kenneth C. Davis steps into that void with a lively and readable guide to the discoveries, theories, and real people who have shed light on the mysteries and wonders of the cosmos. Discover why Einstein was such a genius, the truth behind a blue moon or two, the amazing secrets of Stonehenge, and even how one great astronomer lost his nose.

    With the fun question-and-answer format that has appealed to the millions of readers of his bestselling Don't Much About® series, you'll be taking off on an exciting armchair exploration of the solar system, the Milky Way, and beyond.

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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.

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    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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  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much About Thomas Jefferson
  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much About World Myths
  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Don't Know Much Assortment
  • 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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  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Que Se Yo de la Biblia: Todo lo Que Necesitas Saber Acerca del Libro Sagrado (Spanish Edition)
  • Davis, Kenneth C.: Qué Sé Yo del Universo: Todo lo que Necesitas Saber Acerca del Espacio (Que Se Yo) (Spanish Edition)
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