Naga Chokkanathan

The American Patriot’s Almanac

Posted on: November 25, 2010

There are many ways to read "The American Patriot’s Almanac" By William J Bennett and John T. E. Cribb. You can start at January 1 and read all the way up to December 31 with interesting tidbits in between. But that would be slightly boring. I found this fun way of reading this amazing & well researched book:

Start with your birthday. Turn the almanac pages to that day and check what has happened on that day. Find anything interesting? (For example, I found that Benjamin Franklin was born on that day!) Email it to friends, Tweet about it.

Then try your spouse’s birthday, anniversary day, friends’ birthdays, the day you joined your first job, any other special day you might have. Slowly you can finish this whole book and have a very personal experience about American history.

You can also treat this book as a daily calendar / diary, which gives you a bit of American history with relevance to each day. With wonderful pictures, detailed explanations about important topics such as Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg address, Songs of American Patriotism etc., I hope Thomas Nelson brings many more books in this ‘Almanac’ series about other countries / personalities / topics.

Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about American history in a very interactive and readable manner!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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