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A Pocket History of the United States (8th Revised Edition (edition 1986)

by allen nevins (Author)

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A Pocket History * of the * United States traces the history of the nation that is, today, the oldest constitutional democracy in the world. Written by distinguished American historians, it has more than 2,000,000 copies in print worldwide and is one of the classic works in its field. The United States, with its variety of peoples and races, its cultures inherited and new, is the most ambitious experiment in the history of nations-an experiment still very much alive. There are few parallels in modern history to the adventure of its swift expansion across a giant continent and the growth of a few struggling colonies into a nation of fifty states, united by religious tolerance, economic opportunity and political democracy. Now revised and updated, this remarkable volume presents and interprets the rise of the American people from their earliest settlements to the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, through the latest changes in foreign and domestic politics, up to and including the 1991 war with Iraq. Maps * Bibliographies * Index.… (more)
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A decent short narrative history of the United States, running from 'the planting of the colonies' to World War II.

It has a few flaws, although its not terrible overall. Its main problems are that the prose is sometimes tinted with a bit of romaticism-- it would have been better if the authors had written slightley more seriously, and not tried to give it the air of an amusing school textbook-- and that the text is sometimes a bit cluttered by relatively unimportant facts-- it may be a short narrative, but it isn't tight....

And of course, it's also pretty old-fashioned, for better or worse. On the whole, not terrible, but certainly not great.

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Commager, Henry SteeleAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kylstra, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lafarge, ClaudeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, Jeffrey BrandonPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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A Pocket History * of the * United States traces the history of the nation that is, today, the oldest constitutional democracy in the world. Written by distinguished American historians, it has more than 2,000,000 copies in print worldwide and is one of the classic works in its field. The United States, with its variety of peoples and races, its cultures inherited and new, is the most ambitious experiment in the history of nations-an experiment still very much alive. There are few parallels in modern history to the adventure of its swift expansion across a giant continent and the growth of a few struggling colonies into a nation of fifty states, united by religious tolerance, economic opportunity and political democracy. Now revised and updated, this remarkable volume presents and interprets the rise of the American people from their earliest settlements to the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, through the latest changes in foreign and domestic politics, up to and including the 1991 war with Iraq. Maps * Bibliographies * Index.

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