This book is not a textbook, nor is it an exhaustive encyclopedia covering everything that happened in the United States in the past three or four centuries. Instead, it focuses on people: famous and infamous, well-known and obscure. It gives you a basic foundation of information about U.S. history. You can also use it as a handy reference. Haul it off the shelf to look up a fact, to settle an argument, or to store up ammunition for that next conversation with your know-it-all brother-in-law.
This book is also not completely objective. Although I’ve tried to stick to the facts — or at least the most widely accepted historical interpretations of the facts — the bottom line is that my own thoughts, biases, and interpretations may sneak in from time to time. Sorry. Just ignore them.