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American History Every Day

I recently received the book “The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America” by William Bennett and John Cribb.

My initial impressions upon getting the book were very favorable.  I like the general presentation of the book.  From the cloth cover on the spine to the deckle edges on the pages.  The layout is well done and easy to get your daily bite of history.  That is one thing that is interesting about this book.  It is, in essence a daily devotional.  However the subject of the devotional is not God but America.  Not that this is a bad thing, just unusual.  It will probably function well in our quick information culture.  Each page has a few paragraphs about a specific aspect of American history that happened on that day followed by a bullet list of other notable events from history for that day.

Overall I’m pleased with this book.  While I could use a bit of a beefier take on history this is good for short quick reads to keep American history in your head.   Certainly light reading, it is not insignificant in its content.  For example I never knew that the 10th of November was the birthday of the US Marine Corps.  The book also contains sections with additional information such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I received this book free from Booksneeze, a program by Thomas Nelson that offers books to bloggers for free provided they write an online review of the book.  The review is my honest opinion and is no way colored by the fact I got the book for free.

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