The Idiot's Guide is written by a European History teacher and really puts the topics of study in a much easier read. He uses plain language and gets to the point. Throughout the book he has different interesting points that are oddities, but make history a bit more intriguing. In the homework schedule I have put the corresponding pages to our textbook so that you can possibly read this book first before diving into the homework. It DOES NOT replace our textbook since it is a bit light on detail in some areas.