History Books

Travel back in time to glimpse the roots of the modern world. Witness global conflicts, the founding of nations, and other big moments in the human story.

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Queen Elizabeth II For Dummies

Published 04-04-2022

Queen Elizabeth II For Dummies takes you on a fascinating journey through the life of Great Britain's longest-serving monarch. You'll find revealing stories about this remarkable woman's family background, her childhood, early ascension to the throne, and her role during times of national crisis and triumph.

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American Civil War For Dummies

Published 03-15-2022

<b>Take a walk through history with this guide for lifelong learners</b> <p>The American Civil War is one of the most fascinating and impactful periods in American history. Besides bringing about the end of slavery, the war had many important economic and social effects that continue to shape the history and present-day realities of the American people. <p>In <i>American Civil War For Dummies,</i> you'll get an accessible, bird's-eye view of one of history's greatest conflicts. All the must-know details of the war are covered here, from the Battle of Gettysburg to the Emancipation Proclamation. You'll also find: <ul> <li>Descriptions of the experiences of Black Americans, in both the North and the South, during the war</li> <li>Explorations of how slavery and civil rights fit into the social, political, and economic context of the time</li> <li>Profiles of some of the most famous generals in the war, including Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant</li> </ul> <p>Take a moment to get a hands-on education in this critical point in American history. Get <i>American Civil War For Dummies</i> now!

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World History For Dummies

Published 02-15-2022

<b>Discover how the modern world came to be with this easy-to-follow and up-to-date history companion</b> <p>Want to get a taste of the entirety of human history in a single book? With <i>World History For Dummies,</i> you'll get an overview of the history of, well, everything, from the Neanderthal experience to the latest historical developments of the 21st century. Re-live history from your armchair as you ride into battle alongside Roman generals, prepare Egyptian pharaohs for the afterlife, and learn from the great Greek poets and philosophers. <p>Written in the easy-to-digest style the <i>For Dummies</i> series is famous for, you'll discover: <ul> <li>How religion, philosophy, and science shaped, and were shaped by, the great figures of history</li> <li>The human consequences of warfare, from historical battles to more modern conflicts from the 20th century</li> <li>What's influencing events in the 21st century, from climate change to new regimes and economies</li> </ul> <p><i>World History For Dummies</i> is the perfect gift for the lifelong learner who wants to brush up on their world history knowledge. It's also an indispensable resource for AP World History students looking for a supplemental reference to help them with their studies.

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First Ladies For Dummies

Published 12-02-2021

<p><b>It's time for the ladies&mdash;the First Ladies, that is&mdash;to get their time in the spotlight</b></p> <p>What does a First Lady do? What makes a First Lady successful? If you've always wanted to know, this is the place to come to for the answers! This reference has the inside scoop on all the First Ladies, including Michelle Obama's campaigns for healthy eating and Jackie Kennedy's emphasis on art and culture. In <i>First Ladies For Dummies</i>, you'll find out how these women's values, initiatives, and style have influenced all our lives, and how they've become true role models for generations.</p> <p>With the detailed biographies and personal profiles in <i>First Ladies For Dummies</i>, you'll gain a well-rounded knowledge of the United States' 47 First Ladies. From Martha to Melania, from Jackie to Dr. Jill, and everyone in between, every First Lady has left her stamp on the White House, in the Rose Garden, and in history, and this book covers it all. It includes:</p> <ul> <li>An historical context for a deeper understanding of the world these First Ladies lived in</li> <li>Accounts of their childhoods and early lives to learn who these women were before they stepped foot in the White House</li> <li>Each First Lady's interests and achievements</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're a history fanatic or just curious about these highly accomplished women, you'll find lots of fun facts about them in <i>First Ladies For Dummies</i>. Pick up your copy to be in the know!</p>

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Black American History For Dummies

Published 05-18-2021

<p><b>Go deeper than the Black History you may think you know!</b></p> <p><i>Black American History For Dummies</i> reveals the terrors and struggles and celebrates the triumphs of Black Americans. This handy book goes way beyond what you may have studied in school, digging into the complexities and the intrigues that make up Black America. From slavery and the Civil Rights movement to Black Wall Street, Juneteenth, redlining, and Black Lives Matter, this book offers an accessible resource for understanding the facts and events critical to Black history in America.</p> <p>The history of Black Americans is the history of Americans; Americans dance to Black music, read Black literature, watch Black movies, and whether they know it or not reap the benefits of the vibrant political, athletic, and sociological contributions of Black Americans. With this book, you can dive into history, culture, and beyond. See how far there&rsquo;s yet to go in the approach to studying Black American culture and ending racism.</p> <ul> <li>Get the authoritative story on the growth and evolution of Black America from slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era through to today</li> <li>Discover the Black artists, musicians, athletes, and leaders who have made the United States what it is</li> <li>Develop a fuller understanding of concerns about police brutality and other front-and-center race issues</li> <li>Find out how every aspect of American life connects to Black history</li> </ul> <p><i>Black American History For Dummies</i> is for anyone who needs to learn or re-learn the true history about Black Americans.</p>

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U.S. Presidents For Dummies with Online Practice

Published 06-30-2020

<p><b>Discover how the Oval Office&rsquo;s occupants have made and make history</b></p> <p>Which one was the tallest? Which one fought a duel? Which had liquor smuggled into the White House during Prohibition? And why is the president even called the president in the first place? From periwigs and knee breeches to the 24-hour news cycle and presidential Tweets, the fascinating and colorful stories of the 45 incumbents are a powerful lens through which to view U.S. history and get insight into the present.</p> <p>Taking readers on a fact-filled journey through two centuries, this book examines how each individual obtained their dream (or nightmare) position, what they stood for (or against), achieved (or didn&rsquo;t), and how their actions affected the country&mdash;for better or worse. And&mdash;remembering that presidents are people too&mdash;it shows how the personal really can be political, exploring how each president&rsquo;s vision, strengths, and foibles helped or hindered them in building the country and their own legacy.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Accessible biographies of all presidents</li> <li>Sidebars, timelines, and photos</li> <li>Lists of best and worst administrations</li> <li>Bonus online content, including quizzes galore to help build retention</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re a student, a history buff&mdash;or are even interested in becoming president yourself one day&mdash;<i>U. S. Presidents For Dummies </i>is the perfect guide to what it takes to be leader of the free world, who has stepped up to that challenge, and how those personal histories can help us understand yesterday&rsquo;s, today&rsquo;s, and even tomorrow&rsquo;s union.</p>

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World War II For Dummies

Published 01-29-2020

<p><b>Looking to ally yourself with World War II knowledge?</b></p> <p>More than 75 years after its end, World War II remains one of the most devastating and impactful events in human history. It was a global war, and the nations that fought it employed every available resource, harnessing both technology and people to one purpose. Today, we remember WWII for its battles, tragedies, and horrors, but also for its outcome: a greater good that triumphed over evil.</p> <p>The breadth of World War II facts and history can be overwhelming, which is why <i>World War II For Dummies</i> is the perfect book for any reader, from history buffs to WWII novices. Full of accurate and easy-to-understand information (so you don&rsquo;t have to speak military to comprehend), this book will help you explore a war that defined and shaped the world we live in today. You&rsquo;ll discover all the players&mdash;individuals as well as nations&mdash;who participated in the war and the politics that drove them. Battle by battle, you&rsquo;ll find out how the Axis powers initially took control of the war and how the Allies fought back to win the day.&nbsp;<i>World War II for Dummies</i>&nbsp;also covers:</p> <ul> <li>The origins and causes of World War II</li> <li>The rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich</li> <li>How the war was handled at home</li> <li>Germany&rsquo;s invasion of Poland, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and Luxembourg</li> <li>Great Britain&rsquo;s refusal to surrender after 42 days of German aerial attack</li> <li>The United States&rsquo; entrance into the war after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor</li> <li>The Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day)</li> <li>Germany&rsquo;s last-ditch effort to stop the Allies at the Battle of the Bulge</li> <li>The use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki</li> </ul> <p>Become an expert on this historical catalyst with<i> World War II For Dummies&mdash;</i>grab your copy today.</p> <br /><br /><br />P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you&rsquo;re probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of World War II For Dummies (9780764553523). The book you see here shouldn&rsquo;t be considered a new or updated product. But if you&rsquo;re in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We&rsquo;re always writing about new topics!

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American Revolution For Dummies

Published 09-24-2019

<p><b>Become an expert on the Revolutionary War</b></p> <p><i>American Revolution For Dummies </i>capitalizes on the recent resurgence of interest in the Revolutionary War period&mdash;one of the most important in the history of the United States. From the founding fathers to the Declaration of Independence, and everything that encapsulates this extraordinary period in American history, <i>American Revolution For Dummies</i> is your one-stop guide to the birth of the United States of America.</p> <p>Understanding the critical issues of this era is essential to the study of subsequent periods in American history &hellip; and this book makes it more accessible than ever before.</p> <ul> <li>Covers events leading up to the war, including the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, and the Boston Tea Party</li> <li>Provides information on The Declaration of Independence</li> <li>Offers insight on major battles, including the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, and Yorktown</li> <li>Reviews key figures, including George Washington, Charles Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Alexander Hamilton</li> </ul> <p>If you want or need to become more knowledgeable about the American War of Independence and the people and period surrounding it, this book gives you the information necessary to become an expert on the essential details of the revolutionary period.</p>

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U.S. History For Dummies

Published 03-19-2019

<ul> <li>Find FREE chapter quizzes online</li> <li>Discover important events that shaped the nation</li> <li>Get to know the superstars of the past</li> </ul> <p><b>Don&#39;t miss a moment of U.S. history</b> <p>The United States is undergoing a period of intense political and social change. From the rise of the Tea Party to social media&#39;s effect on American life and politics, this new edition fills in the gaps of this nation&#39;s story. This book guides you through the events that shaped the nation, from pre&#45;Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. It&#39;s all here&#151;you&#39;ll find all the wars, leaders, and eras that explain and demonstrate how the past influences the future. <p><b>Inside...</b> <ul> <li>Get an overview of U.S. history</li> <li>Learn about major movements</li> <li>Discover how the U.S. came of age</li> <li>Explore iconic cultural moments</li> <li>Find out how the country faced adversity</li> <li>Get to know historical U.S. documents</li> </ul> <p><b>FREE 1&#45;year access to chapter quizzes online&#33;</b>

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U.S. Constitution For Dummies

Published 06-19-2018

<p><b>Your complete guide to understanding the U.S. Constitution.</b></p> <p>Want to make sense of the U.S. Constitution? This new edition walks you through this revered document, explaining how the articles and amendments came to be and how they have guided legislators, judges, and presidents&mdash;and sparked ongoing debates along the way. You&rsquo;ll get the lowdown on all the big issues&mdash;from separation of church and state to impeachment to civil rights&mdash;that continue to affect Americans' daily lives. Plus, you&rsquo;ll find out about U.S. Constitution concepts and their origins, the different approaches to interpretation, and how the document has changed over the past 200+ years.</p> <p>Inside, you&rsquo;ll find fresh examples of Supreme Court Rulings such as same sex marriage and Healthcare Acts such as Obamacare. Explore hot topics like what it takes to be elected Commander in Chief, the functions of the House and Senate, how Supreme Court justices are appointed, and so much more.</p> <ul> <li>Trace the evolution of the Constitution</li> <li>Recognize the power of the U.S. Supreme Court</li> <li>Get details on recent Supreme Court decisions</li> <li>Find new examples of the Bill of Rights</li> </ul> <p>Constitutional issues are dominating the news&mdash;and now you can join the discussion with the help of <i>U.S. Constitution For Dummies</i>.&nbsp;</p>

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