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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
A great comprehensive view of American history. With no pretensions or excuses Mr Johnson explains the complexity through the lives of great statesman.
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.
If the performer were different.
Yes, if she is not reading.
NO, NEVER, AWFUL. She was hard to follow, very little emotion, no voice inflections. It was awful. Waste of money.
Have no idea. Couldn't listen to it. It was awful.
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.
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.
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.
Not written by a historian but by a journalist
I enjoyed her
I have previous read many biographies on the people he discussed and he makes too many errors in facts.
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.
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