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Publisher's Summary

If you went to school in the United States, you probably learned about the Civil War - but this audiobook won’t be like what you learned in history class. Maybe your teacher took the controversial stand that the Civil War was all about states' rights...or maybe you learned all about the horrors slavery, but never quite figured out why things didn’t get better after the war ended.
If you didn’t go to school in the United States, things are even more confusing. When the media is full of references to the Confederate flag, the legacy of slavery, and poverty in the American South, you might have a vague sense that things are bad because of the Civil War...but why? Why does a war that happened over 150 years ago still cast a shadow over the United States?
This audiobook will tell you why. It will lead you, step-by-step, through the causes of the Civil War and the effects. But unlike your high school history teacher, it won’t put you to sleep with long-winded biographies and lists of dates. The names you’ll learn are the big players, the ones with big personalities who made big differences.
In just a few minutes a day, you can hear bite-sized stories from the Civil War - quick, easy explanations to guide you through the main points, with just enough scary, surprising, or just plain strange facts to keep you coming back for more.
Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge.
By the time you’re finished, you’ll know all the facts your history teacher never taught you - from who said slavery was a "positive good" (and why they thought that), to who dressed up in women’s clothing to escape from Union soldiers.
©2018 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing
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3 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-23-18

Quirky Zany Civil War trivia for beginners

If you could sum up The American Civil War Trivia Book: Interesting American Civil War Stories You Didn't Know in three words, what would they be?

Unique,simple,boring,

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of Derek Newman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He did a good job with the material he had to work with.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Civil war for non readers.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bill Beaulac on 03-27-18

Civil War 101 more so than trivia . . .

Perhaps it is because I am rather well read on the Civil War, but I was expecting to learn of some obscure (i.e. trivial) happenings and outcomes of the war. Aside from learning that the can opener was invented during the Civil War, the rest of the book was a brisk walk through the basics leading up to and throughout the Civil War years. Although there is a lot of accurate information presented, it often comes across as having a bit of revisionist history ring to its content. For example, there was a section speaking of current day racism is fueled by poor white folk in the South; "Is it okay to carry a Confederate flag today?" Although reasonable questions, they have no bearing on trivia matters during the Civil War period. In short, the book just didn't like up to it's title, in my humble opinion.

That being said, the book did flow pretty well, was an easy listen (perhaps because it was full of general knowledge info?), and the narrator did a nice job. As for recommending this book I would have to say yes I would with the caveat being that the target audience would be those tha wanted a general overview of the Civil War period in America. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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