Don't Know Much

About Kenneth C. Davis

bio_picture1Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series of books and audios, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies. In June 2011, Don’t Know Much About® History: Anniversary Edition was released by HarperCollins. A newly revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that started the series, it now presents a complete survey of American history, from before the arrival of Columbus in 1492 right through the events of the past decade –from 9/11 through the election of Barack Obama and the first years of his administration.

His most recent books are Don’t Know Much About® the American Presidents (2012) and The Hidden History of America At War (2015). In September 2016, his book IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF SLAVERY, FOUR PRESIDENTS, AND FIVE BLACK LIVES was published by Holt Books.

YALSA medal_2For more than 25 years, Kenneth C. Davis has proven that Americans don’t hate history, just the dull version they slept through in class. But many of them want to know now because their kids are asking them questions they can’t answer. Davis’s approach is to refresh us on the subjects we should have learned in school. He does it by busting myths, setting the record straight, and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word.

Other points of note:

  • Davis has spoken about teaching history to teachers’ groups, such as the National Council for the Social Studies, and state and regional Social Studies conferences in Florida, New York, Maine, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
  • Davis has begun to use technology to reach out to schools and teachers. In Spring 2011, he made his first “Skype Classroom Tour,” with sessions in more than 30 schools around the country via an Internet video connection. Since then, he has “virtually visited” approximately 150 schools around the nation and the world.
  • Davis speaks to both adult and student audiences. He regularly visits schools, and has spoken at such venues as the American Museum of Natural History, the New-York Historical Society, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, James Madison’s Montpelier, James Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland, and the Smithsonian Institution, where he has hosted “The Don’t Know Much About” game, played with student and family audiences.
  • Kenneth C. Davis is a frequent media guest. He has appeared on many television and radio shows, including NPR, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, C-Span, and CNN. He has been a commentator for “All Things Considered,” and has written for the New York Times, CNN.com, and Smithsonian Magazine. (See Articles Page)
  • Davis has become an “Educator” with Ted-Ed, collaborating on the production of short animated videos for classroom use.

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