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A Little History of the United States Audio CD – Unabridged, 15 September 2015
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A fascinating look at five hundred years of American history from one of our most renowned historians.
How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson's vividly told A Little History of the United States. In three hundred fast-moving pages, Davidson guides listeners through five hundred years, from the first contact between the two halves of the world to the rise of America as a superpower in an era of atomic perils and diminishing resources.
In short, vivid chapters the book brings to life hundreds of individuals whose stories are part of the larger American story. Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer trap on his first day in America; Harriet Tubman lets loose a pair of chickens to divert attention from her escaping slaves; the toddler Andrew Carnegie, later an ambitious industrial magnate, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each hand. Such stories are riveting in themselves, but they also spark larger questions to ponder about freedom, equality, and unity in the context of a nation that is, and always has been, remarkably divided and diverse.
''With imagination, verve and stylishness, James Davidson distills American history into its compelling essence. For newcomers to the subject, an incomparable primer; for veterans, the familiar made fresh with judicious insight.'' --H. W. Brands, University of Texas at Austin
''A book of literary grace and narrative invention. Not only the writing but also the conceptualization consistently engage the reader. Uncommonly imaginative.'' --Christine Heyrman, author of Southern Cross and American Apostles
''A persuasive and enjoyable read. Davidson faced a herculean task in condensing more than five hundred years of history into a slim volume. He fulfills this difficult brief with authority and brio.'' --Richard Aldous, author of Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship
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- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (15 September 2015)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1504629965
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504629966
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 14.99 cm
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I enjoyed reading this book. It's well written and accessible. It's one of those books where, as you make your way through it, certain parts pique your interest for further research and reading.
Recommended, for a light bit of reading.