Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Review: The American Patriot's Almanac

I'm one of those people who has an unquenchable thirst for history.  I'm not sure what it is about it that attracts me, but I just know that I'm like a sponge wanting to soak up every ounce of historical knowledge that I can get my hands on.  When I was presented with the opportunity to review The American Patriot's Almanac I was more than happy to take a peek inside the covers of the book to see if it was any good.  I was delighted with what I found in this book.

There was plenty in this book that I expected to see.  When you're well versed in American history, sometimes there are key facts that you fully expect to see in any volume that broadly covers our nation's history.  In addition to the usual suspects, there are plenty of other articles of American history that are lesser known in this lovely book.

One of the things that particularly struck me about this book was it's size. The book is 7.5X9.5 inches and nearly 2 inches thick.  This book is the patriotic equivalent of a daily devotional book.  For every day of the year (with the exception of February 29th) there is a patriotic article and a little section called "American History Parade" which lists events that happened on that day in history.  There are larger articles at the beginning and end of the book as well as in between each month.

I think this book is very well done and would be a great gift idea for the American history buff in your life.  This book would also make a great resource for a homeschooling family.  With it's daily reading format, one could easily incorporate  a this day in history type of element into their history curriculum.

This review was written as part of the BookSneeze program from Thomas Nelson.  I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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