Monday, November 8, 2010

The American Patriot’s Almanac is a wonderful book for everyone who is interested in American history and politics.  The book is arranged by date, with every day featuring an engaging description of an event that occurred on that date, as well as an “American History Parade” at the bottom of the page listing other years when significant things happened.  The preface, introduction and “12 Great Reasons to Love a Great Country,” which lead off the book, are perhaps a bit too “rah-rah” and over-the-top in their flag-waving nationalism, but the rest of the book is a treasure-trove of interesting facts about people and events that have shaped the United States.  There are also many useful historical documents included, such as the texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address.  At the end of the book can be found State Flags, Facts and Symbols, including such obscure state symbols as state rocks, reptiles, folk dances and insects listed for each of the 50 states.  While most of this information can be found online, it is helpful to have it all together and easily accessible in one handsome volume.  Great fun to browse through and learn something new!

Disclaimer:  I received a copy the The American Patriot's Almanac from Thomas Nelson Publisher's


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