From bestselling author Simon Winchester, the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation. For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum - out of many, one - has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become 'one nation, indivisible'? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses this question, introducing the fearless trailblazers whose achievements forged and unified America. Winchester follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. He treks vast swaths of territory, introducing these fascinating pioneers - some, such as Washington and Jefferson, Lewis and Clark being familiar, some forgotten, some hardly known - who played a pivotal role in creating today's United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. 'The Men Who United the States' is a fresh, lively, and erudite look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together, from one of our most entertaining, probing, and insightful observers.
The United States was something of a historical accident. Independence had been won on the back of hostility to Britain and, although America was born, Americans were still to be made. As the number of states quickly tripled, due to expansion, exploration and purchase, this problem was exacerbated. Immigrants flooded in, and indigenous peoples were absorbed or chased away. But Americans were created, and the country was united under one banner, despite the disasters of the 1860s. Winchester’s exuberant book charts the process and examines the glue that holds the U in USA firmly in place.
'Winchester achieves something remarkable here ... 'The Men Who United the States'
is not only readable, it's compelling and quite marvellous reading'
'Winchester pioneered the genre of popular narrative history ... His admiration for his adopted homeland, and respect for those who forged it, shine out from every page ... [he] understands that specificity is what counts, as it always does in writing'
'Simon Winchester is a literary impresario ... The subtitle promises readers a sackful of exciting tales - and the author delivers. This is a clever, engaging and original look at what would seem well-trodden historical paths; but Winchester, delightfully, breaks a fresh trail'
'A rousing tribute to the alliances, agencies, and inventions - from Lewis and Clark to the Internet - that underpin our more perfect union. A stunning, highly original feast of a book.'
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Publisher:||William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||History of the Americas,|
Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now lives in New York. Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Condé Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC. Simon Winchester's books include Outposts: Travels to the Remains of the British Empire; Korea: A Walk through the Land of Miracles; The Pacific; Pacific Nightmare, a fictional account of the aftermath ...More About Simon Winchester