ABC News and Hyperion Partner to Launch Original Digital Video Series

By Michelle Levi

Feb 21, 2012 1:09pm

 New Series Features the New York Times Bestselling Author of Don’t Know Much About ® History Kenneth C. Davis

Did you know that only 1% of the population voted for George Washington in 1789? And that some Founding Fathers adamantly opposed the formation of political parties? New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis offers these interesting facts—and more—in a series of original digital videos, brought to you by ABC News and Hyperion Books.

As another presidential election season ramps up, the sister companies are teaming up with Kenneth C. Davis, author of the wildly popular Don’t Know Much About® History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and gave rise to Davis’s Don’t Know Much About® series of books and audios for adults and children, which has sold millions of copies. Davis’s works have firmly established him as—in Amazon.com’s words— “the King of Knowing.”

In the new series for ABC News and Hyperion, Davis will entertain and inform as he dissects some of the lesser-known facts about American political history and sheds light on elections and political figures from our country’s early roots to contemporary campaigns. Tune in for Davis’s quirky take on what you need to know about our nation’s presidential history but probably never learned.

Today’s first episode tackles the vagaries of the Electoral College and explains why we have this process and how it impacts government today. In upcoming shows, Davis will explore the birth of political parties and America’s first democratic election. A new webisode will run each month on ABCNews.com and OTUSNews.com.

In September 2012, Hyperion will publish Davis’s newest hardcover, Don’t Know Much About® the American Presidents, which will explore the American presidents, from Washington to Obama, as well as the history of the presidency itself. The book aims to illuminate what you need to know about the men (so far!) who have occupied the most powerful office on earth.

About ABC News

ABC News delivers a big picture understanding of the world to empower and inspire viewers to make confident decisions for themselves and their families. More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network’s news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio and the Internet. With an average television and radio audience of 180 million people in a given month, ABC News surpasses the competition. More than 2,400 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio’s global news coverage. In addition, ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news and information network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile platforms. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/press-release/

About Hyperion Books

Hyperion, founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and nonfiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults, and includes the Voice and Hyperion eBook and Audio imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the Disney/ABC-Television Group, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. For further information, please visit www.hyperionbooks.com and follow at www.twitter.com/hyperionvoice.

For more information about Kenneth C. Davis and his work, visit www.dontknowmuch.com. Don’t Know Much About® is a registered trademark of Kenneth C. Davis.

 

 

 

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