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‘Don’t Know Much’ comes to Wheelock Library Saturday

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
October 18, 2011 1:12 pm

He won’t be there in the flesh but Kenneth C. Davis, the New York Times bestselling author of “Don’t Know Much About History,” will use Skype to attend a book talk Saturday at the Wheelock Library. He’ll be discussing the civil war, Abraham Lincoln and other related historical topics with patrons.

From the press release:

“Don’t Know Much About History” spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and gave rise to the “Don’t Know Much About” series, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies. In June, “Don’t Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition” was released in hardcover by HarperCollins. A newly revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that started the series, it now presents a complete survey of American history, from before the arrival of Columbus in 1492 right through the events of the past decade from 9/11 through the election of Barack Obama and the first years of his administration.

Ken Davis’s success aptly makes the case that Americans don’t hate history, just the dull version they slept through in class. But many of them want to know now because their kids are asking them questions they can’t answer. Davis’s approach is to refresh us on the subjects we should have learned in school. He does it by busting myths, setting the record straight and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word.

Davis has begun to use technology to reach out to schools and teachers. In Spring 2011, he made his first Skype Classroom Tour, with sessions in more than 30 schools around the country via an Internet video connection. He also conducted his first webinar for teachers in May 2011 in association with the National Council for the Social Studies.

Davis is a frequent media guest. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including NPR, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, and The Discovery Channel. He has been a commentator for All Things Considered, and has written for the New York Times, CNN.com, and Smithsonian Magazine.

What: Kenneth C. Davis, Author of “Don’t Know Much About History” and “Don’t Know much About the Civil War”
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wheelock Library

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