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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America | [Colin Woodard]

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....
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Publisher's Summary

An illuminating history of North America's 11 rival cultural regions that explodes the red state/blue state myth.

North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent, each staking out mutually exclusive territory.

In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations, which conform to neither state nor international boundaries. He illustrates and explains why "American" values vary sharply from one region to another.

Woodard reveals how intranational differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent's history, from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of recent presidential elections. American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our future.

©2011 Colin Woodward (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Woodard offers a fascinating way to parse American (writ large) politics and history in this excellent book." (Kirkus)

"Woodard explains away partisanship in American Nations... which makes the provocative claim that our culture wars are inevitable. North America was settled by groups with distinct political and religious value - and we haven't had a moment's peace since." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Edwin San Jose, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Edwin San Jose, CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2010

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    What disappointed you about American Nations?

    The concept of multiple nations within North America overlaying the boundaries of states was interesting and well told. I would have given this audio book about 4 stars if I had stopped before the last quarter of the book. At this point Woodard turned his narrative into an info-mercial for the hard-left. "Republicans are aligned with the Deep South nation (the nation with the most lethal, violent, and egregious slavery practices and the most stratified social structure). They (Republican) are racists and seek to deny health care and hot meals to poor children. Their agenda is to maximize tax breaks to the wealthy and deny services to the 99%." I paraphrase, but you get the idea. If I want to read or listen to this drivel, I can get it for free on the Huffington Post or MSNBC. What a shame, because the first 75% was so good.


    What was most disappointing about Colin Woodard’s story?

    Water carrying for the hard-left. Slandering of the right.


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

    No.


    What character would you cut from American Nations?

    The Obama sock puppet.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AJB Phoenix, AZ 02-02-14
    AJB Phoenix, AZ 02-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    What aspect of Walter Dixon’s performance would you have changed?

    At times, Dixon was fairly monotone, but the performance was steady and still entertaining. Actually, it was humorous to hear him attempt some regional accents, which he didn't do particularly well.


    Any additional comments?

    The majority of the book, from the creation of the first settlements in North America through the end of the Civil War is terrific. Afterwards, the author begins to equate all things that most Americans currently find politically conservative or libertarian in aspect as a product of Deep Southern or "Borderlander" thought and is therefore lumped into the same categories as white supremacy and slavery. In fact, the author's fairly biased point of view becomes more pronounced as he attempts to stretch his thesis to current events, with multiple digs at institutions like the Tea Party and the present day incarnation of the Republican party, while professing a love of a strong centralized government as a means to unite all Americans and a need to put aside individual liberties for the sake of the nation and the "common good.: Garreau's Nine Nations of North America is a better book on the fractured cultural history of the United States without many of the biases that Woodard seems to harbor, but that's not available yet on Audible.

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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 11-18-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books I've listened to"

    I've always had a theory similar to this swirling around in my mind, so it's great to see it laid out so well here. America being such a vast land mass, it only makes sense that different areas would be settled by people with different values. A strong case is made that the people who subsequently moved in felt comfortable with the established culture, and therefore reenforced it, rather than stirring the pot. As the book lays out, the dominant cultures in each area have endured over hundreds of years, and there are many parallels to modern regional struggles in each century since contact.

    Not very flattering to the southern regions, and clearly quite liberal in his views, this author might not be your cup of tea if you are a social conservative. But I'm not, so I didn't have a problem with a few interjections sneaking their way in.

    Good length, good pacing, smooth narration. Just a breeze to listen to. Near the top of my list of reccomended books.

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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 09-26-13
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2005

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    "A Sociological View of American History"

    American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard examines American history from a cultural perspective. The author suggests that North American is made up more by Nations than by states. Nations he argues are groups of people or regions sharing a common cultural, history and set of values. He posits that there are eleven such national regions in North America formed from the immigrant groups who had different heritages. Woodard describes how these different cultures divided the American people into slave owners versus abolitionists, central government advocates versus states’ rights proponents, and Tories versus revolutionaries. He argues that every major event and movement in American can be attributed to regional cultural differences that originated in our country’s early history and exist to the present.
    I enjoyed examining American history from a different perspective than I have in other sources I have studied. I recommend it to anyone truly interested American history or cultural issues.

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    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 02-27-14
    Nicholas R. Henderson Asheville NC 02-27-14 Member Since 2004

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    "Starts well, goes commie later"
    What would have made American Nations better?

    I thought it started out as an interesting idea. The author was doing pretty well early in the book, but when he got to the South, he started the typical socialistic bull and slimed us pretty thoroughly. NICE! So, if you are a liberal from Yankee land or a left coaster, read on, you'll love it. If you are a Southern Conservative, give it a pass.


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    Pamela Woodcreek, Texas, United States 04-08-12
    Pamela Woodcreek, Texas, United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to American Nations again? Why?

    Had to listen twice back to back, more information than I ever knew.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How it meshed the entire cont.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    The voice


    If you could give American Nations a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Where we came from and how we got here.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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