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A History of the American People Audiobook

A History of the American People

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Publisher's Summary

Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Ben Franklin, Tom Paine, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, among others, are all presented in a fresh perspective. Wherever possible, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to ensure a sense of actuality.

This is an in-depth portrait of a great people, from their fragile origins and struggles for independence, to their heroic efforts and sacrifices to deal with the "organic sin" of slavery and the preservation of the Union, to their explosive economic growth and emergence as the world's greatest superpower.

©1997 Paul Johnson; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Johnson is a lively writer (more so than nearly all other historians), and May's reading is sensitive to Johnson's wit and sharp comments....Her reading is lively, crisp, and sharp throughout." (AudioFile)
"A magnificent achievement...brilliantly combines broad sweep with extraordinary detail." (Wall Street Journal)

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    Lawcorp 04-11-16
    Lawcorp 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "an amazing work, very educational"

    I listened to this while doing a bathroom demo at work with my Bluetooth ear buds. never have I learned so much at work!
    it really captures the truth on how religion founded this country, and how today we have moved away from religion. liberal movements and literature want to hide that facet of America, but this history book covers it unbiasedly, in an informative way. it is wrong to change history according to your beliefs. slavery is an example. we all agree it is wrong, so should it be erased from our history? no. instead we have learned from it and have made better choices.
    this book seems to follow the president's and general cultural ideas, zooming in periodically on interesting characters, though rarely.
    what I have learned is that the corruption we see in political persons today, is actually common throughout American history. it is unfortunate, but is comforting in a way. at least we're not all going to hell in a hand basket from recent events, in fact we've been moving in that direction from the beginning..!
    my favorite section is on the western expansion and how the cowboy era really was only 25 years, but has been immortalized from romanticizationalism. yes, a new word.

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    NaNa Bethesda, MD 03-02-16
    NaNa Bethesda, MD 03-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Polically conservative but well argued"

    Interesting to hear the conservative take on American history...didn't get obvious until the discussion of abortion, decline of mainstream churches and education. It helps to hear these views spoken by a British nanny - less infuriating.

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    Leo 12-09-15
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    "A better understanding"

    There are so many times in history books or news articles where what happened was spun to serve someone purpose. This is the kind of book which will dig deeper and shed some light on these subjects and they suddenly seem less "black and white". Overall an amazing book with loads of information, although hard to stay focused on at times because of its thoroughness.

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    I. Mitchell Lancaster MA 08-28-15
    I. Mitchell Lancaster MA 08-28-15 Member Since 2010

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    "47 hours felt too short!"

    A great comprehensive view of American history. With no pretensions or excuses Mr Johnson explains the complexity through the lives of great statesman.

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    Hyrum TUCSON, AZ, United States 07-16-15
    Hyrum TUCSON, AZ, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The finest one volume history of America available"

    I have given copies to my children, my students, and my friends. His ability to use statistics in a way that is both interesting and illuminating is outstanding. He has strong opinions, but he substantiates them with facts. This book is ideal for sparking class discussion - and for being an example of scholarly debate should be conducted.

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    Connor O'Brien 07-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Bias"

    Very bias, especially after the civil war. I also don't remember him mentioning Japanese Internment at all, which is crazy. However the reader was VERY good.

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    Sharon 06-26-15
    Sharon 06-26-15
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    "Ugh..... Awful"
    Would you try another book from Paul Johnson and/or Nadia May?

    If the performer were different.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Johnson again?

    Yes, if she is not reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia May’s performances?

    NO, NEVER, AWFUL. She was hard to follow, very little emotion, no voice inflections. It was awful. Waste of money.


    What character would you cut from A History of the American People?

    Have no idea. Couldn't listen to it. It was awful.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really interested in the subject of this book. It is assigned for my History class. This woman was horrible. I love audio books and she was torture. I would listen again if it were performed by someone else. Good grief. Trying to listen is an exercise in frustration. Never again.

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    Tyler O'Neil Denver, CO 02-24-15
    Tyler O'Neil Denver, CO 02-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent History, Very Enlightening"

    Johnson brings a fresh perspective to American History that helps us realize the unsung heroes (like James K. Polk and Warren Harding) as well as the blatant farces (the 1960 election) of US History. His treatment is very satisfying to a student of western, modern, and American history.

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    Brad Wilmington NC, United States 02-12-15
    Brad Wilmington NC, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thorough and interesting"

    There were a couple if glitches in the audio, but overall clear. Also, at least one factual error. Ford was seriously challenged by Reagan in 1976.
    Nonetheless, illuminating book.

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    dadeli 11-22-14
    dadeli 11-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too many mistakes."
    What disappointed you about A History of the American People?

    Not written by a historian but by a journalist


    What was most disappointing about Paul Johnson’s story?

    Inaccuracies


    Have you listened to any of Nadia May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed her


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I have previous read many biographies on the people he discussed and he makes too many errors in facts.


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest listening to some of the teaching company histories or individual biographies on some of the people mentions. This is really a history of great men not about the American people per se.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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