Kenneth C. Davis

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A Nation Rising - signed first edition - 2010


Kenneth C. Davis biography

Kenneth C. Davis, born on June 1, 1949, is an American historian, best-selling author, and educator known for his engaging and accessible approach to making history come alive for readers of all ages. Davis has dedicated his career to making complex historical topics understandable and relevant to a broad audience. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis developed an early interest in history, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. He began his career as a freelance writer and later became a contributing editor to Smithsonian magazine, where he honed his skills in presenting historical narratives in an engaging manner.

Davis is perhaps best known for his Don't Know Much About series, which includes titles such as Don't Know Much About History, Don't Know Much About Geography, and others. These books present history in a question-and-answer format, offering readers an accessible way to explore and understand various historical topics. His writing often challenges conventional historical narratives, providing a more nuanced and inclusive perspective on events and figures. Davis has a talent for bringing lesser-known stories and characters from history to the forefront, enriching readers' understanding of the past.

In addition to his work as an author, Kenneth C. Davis is actively involved in educational initiatives. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio (NPR) and has appeared on various television programs to discuss historical events and themes. Davis is committed to promoting historical literacy and has worked to inspire a love of history in students of all ages. Kenneth C. Davis's impact on historical education is notable, as he continues to make history accessible, engaging, and relevant through his books, media appearances, and educational efforts. His approachable writing style and dedication to bringing history to a wide audience have earned him a reputation as a respected and influential figure in the field of popular history.


A Nation Rising - Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History

In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States went from a tiny newborn nation on the Atlantic seaboard to a near-empire that spanned the continent. But America's path to nationhood was vastly more complex than the tidily packaged national myth of a destiny made manifest by visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers.

Following on his New York Times bestsellers America’s Hidden History and Don’t Know Much About History, Ken Davis explores the next chapter in the country’s hidden history: the gritty first half of the 19th century, among the most tumultuous in the nation’s short life.


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