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The Men Who United the States The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America by Simon Winchester
  

The Men Who United the States The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America

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What comes across in Simon Winchester’s account of the physical origins of America is the absolute vastness of the country, the task facing the first explorers and those who tried to tame the land. As ever he is a master of the compulsively readable narrative, telling this story in three parts, wood, earth and water, reflecting the different ways and means of creating the America we know today.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
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The Men Who United the States The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America by Simon Winchester

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.

Reviews

'Winchester achieves something remarkable here ... 'The Men Who United the States'
is not only readable, it's compelling and quite marvellous reading'
Literary Review

'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'
Sunday Telegraph

'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'
Economist

'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.'
Stacy Schiff

About the Author

Simon Winchester

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 of the Hong Kong hand-over; Prison Diary, Argentina, the story of three months spent in a Patagonian jail on spying charges during the Falklands war; The River at the Centre of the World - A Journey Up the Yangtze, Back in Chinese Time, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, The Fracture Zone and The Map That Changed the World.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

23rd June 2014

Author

Simon Winchester

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Publisher

William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

History
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History of the Americas

ISBN

9780007532407

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