I just took the sample test, got all eight correct. I will admit that until the last presidential election cycle I would have gotten a couple wrong too Sarah.

Posted by BubbaBoBobBrain at October 17, 2006 10:52 PM

I've been reading on and off for 2 years (because I've reading more than one book at a time) "A Patriot's History of the United States" By Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. Stay away from Howard Zinn's alternative, A People's History of the US.

Posted by Chuck at October 17, 2006 11:09 PM

Howard Zin _The People's History_. Just thumb through it Sarah. Just thumb through it.

Posted by Bob at October 17, 2006 11:16 PM

Just find a book with dates and names. The rest is bias.

Posted by Will at October 18, 2006 12:22 AM

I also missed 2 of them, but thats because i miss read the answer on one of them, but it would still be wrong on a real test. seeing that only 50% got most of them right, was rather scary.

Posted by dagamore at October 18, 2006 04:41 AM

I think that Ken Davis (author of books that start with "Don't Know Much About..") Has a book on US history. I know I read one a few years back on geography and if I recall correctly, it was a good overview...

Posted by jck at October 18, 2006 08:00 AM

William Bennett's The Last Best Hope (Vol I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War is an excellent history of the U.S.A. Unfortunately, Bennett hasn't published Volume II yet. I highly recommend it -- it is well-written, concise, and quite entertaining (not something you'd expect in a history book).

Posted by Dave at October 18, 2006 09:33 AM

How about The Cartoon History of the United States?

Posted by Deskmerc at October 18, 2006 11:03 AM

How's this for failure? I've turned off all the blockers and I still can't figure out how to get to the fricking test. I just get the photo and a link that takes me back to the photo.

Posted by Oda Mae at October 19, 2006 01:46 AM

Not a book but a site

I love spending time there you will too!

Posted by gopop at October 21, 2006 11:05 PM