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Published by Thomas Nelson on October 24th 2008
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365 reasons to love America! The fife and drum of history mark the time of each passing day. And within their cadence, personalities, conflicts, discoveries, ideas, and nations peal and fade. American history is no different. From the starving time of Jamestown during the Winter of 1609, through the bloody argument of the Civil War, and to today, the United States is a tale best told one day at a time.
Best-selling author and educator Dr. William J. Bennett is a master of the story that is the United States. And in "The American Patriot's Almanac," Bennett distills the American drama into three hundred sixty-five entries-one for each day of the year. Fascinating in its detail and singular in its grasp of the big themes, Bennett's "Almanac" will make anyone a fan of history, assembling even some of the most obscure details. Even better, it will make of everyone a patriot.
I wanted to read this book because as much as I love history, I tend to read European history & what I know about American history is probably lacking. Though I had read the blurb about the book, what I hold in my hand wasn’t what I had pictured, either. I’m not really sure what I had pictured – I think more a traditional book with a beginning, a middle, and an end, and this book isn’t it.
You get a one page blurb about each day in the calendar – and each page has a few paragraphs about one particular event, and then a few, one liners about other events also taking place that day.
It’s the type of book that, though very interesting, isn’t really one you’d sit down & read for a few hours at a time. I found myself picking it up, and reading a few pages at a time. After I read the first couple of months, I jumped around a bit & picked out dates from my own personal history: May 6 (my mother’s birthday): the first time Bob Hope performed for the military (ironically, my mother loved Bob Hope, and always thought it was nice he performed for them, though nice isn’t quite the right word). September 30th (our wedding anniversary) actually talks about a few events in 1948, leading up to the end of airlifts to help the Berliners cut off from supplies. My grandfather & husband’s grandfather bought fought in the war. Each date, that was personal to me or my family, could be tied in to another personal aspect of my life, making the book all the more interesting to read.