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Where does The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is among the better books.
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The description of the treatment of Native Americans.
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The Author knows his American History and makes it available in bite size pieces for the
Facebook and Snapchat generation.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Having listened to probably a half dozen of Bill O’Neill’s trivia books I think you can safely say I am a fan of his work. That streak came to an end with “The Great Book of American Trivia: Fun Random Facts & American History”.
The word “random” in the title should have been a warning. Unlike the other works of Bill O’Neill, this one really lacks focus. It hops from topic to topic like a flea on speed. O’Neill’s other books were all so well organized I’m left at a loss to try to explain what happened here. There are few mentions of the Civil War or World War I but we are treated to a few minutes about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. And jumping from the Nuremburg Trials (not sure what Nuremburg has to do with American Trivia) to Jackie Robinson to Roswell is a great example of this lack of focus. I was literally shacking my head after that sequence.
What really clinched the poor rating for me was the lack of fact-checking and/or editing. I was unaware that we had a “President William Harding”. And referring to “President H.W. Bush” seemed to me to be just plain lazy. But the ultimate error was the multiple references to “President John F. Kennedy, Junior” while later in the book the thirty-fifth president is referred to (correctly) as “President John F Kennedy”. Trivia should be fact-based.
Derek Newman does a great of narrating but it detracts from his narration when what he’s telling us just isn’t true.
I highly recommend Bill O’Neill’s other trivia books but this one needs some editing and fact-checking.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.