The Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards recognized The American Challenge by Robert C. Etheredge as winner of the Best History Book award. This national award, based in Los Angeles, CA, is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were eligible for consideration. The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation. This is the fifth award for The American Challenge, including other awards for Best eBook.
The American Challenge is a comprehensive illustrated review of American history, civics, and culture. It highlights everything that makes America great--famous speeches, poems, and songs; founding documents; Presidents and heroes; an illustrated history timeline; maps depicting the growth of states; basic government civics information; Americana; basic economic concepts; American flag care; flags of all states; military ranks; and details of all Presidential elections. It is perfect for all Americans...and all those who want to become Americans. Citizens need to be better informed about their government and their country, and new immigrants must learn about our common traditions and civic values. The book even includes the official U.S. Citizenship Test. Every young American that is approaching voting age in this country needs to be aware of the information in this book. In 2006 and 2007, a majority of college freshmen and seniors failed a 60-question American history and institutions test. As an ISI study stated,"The Founding Fathers understood that our constitutional system and the liberty it protects could endure only if Americans retained an understanding of our founding principles."
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