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Minute review (President's Day edition): Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom

In honor of President's Day, I thought I would share a book that has amazed me. It's quirky, interactive, and tons of fun! I'm actually excited about a non-fiction book that doesn't bore you to tears.

Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of FreedomAimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the U.S. government, this unique blend of humor and information is a cross between a textbook and a satire.

A crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world, it touches upon a variety of topics-historical and current-and explains how they unfolded and why they are important in the political and governmental arenas. Funny and intelligent writing, very reminiscent of the Daily Show, provides insight into the American electoral system, the world economy, the role religion plays in world conflicts, and America's place in world. The final chapter provides information about how to get involved.

Authors will have a Web site dedicated to the book where information can be updated, teens can read more and find out ways to get involved, can join online discussions, and speak their minds about the issues.

Can't you tell from the cover that this is going to be a fun read? I would hope that you could.

Do not pick up this book if you're expected college level literature and analysis of U.S. history. You won't find that here. This is for the lovers of all things quirky. You will learn random facts that they probably don't teach you in your history or American government classes. Of course, you'll also learn about events that are well-known within the general public. So don't fret, this isn't completely random information.

One thing that stood out the most for me with Americapedia is that it is an interactive book. I think this is the next step for books in our technology driven world. There is a website to accompany the book, which allows you to get more information and "hands-on" experiences.


  1. I really like this idea. And I think the satire is important. A lot of what kids get about government from school is designed to make them if not like, at least be okay with the government. I'm glad some has written a real world look at thing aimed at young people.


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