A History of US is a 10-volume, award-winning series about the birth and development of the United States. Master storyteller and lifelong student of American history Joy Hakim takes readers from 9 to 99 on a breathtaking journey, from the Ice Age to the 21st century.
©1993, 1999, 2003 Joy Hakim; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Oxford University Press.
"Marvelous. Author Joy Hakim, a mother and former journalist and teacher, has imbued each volume with sincerity, zest, and inspiration." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
I wouldn't recommend this book to someone familiar with the era, or someone seeking an in-depth treatment. But I think it would work well as an introduction for an intelligent 12-15 year old reader.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
Love the narrator. She is one of the best aspects of this series.
Many aspects of this I loved – Teddy Roosevelt, the Wright Brothers, the lead up to World War I. My 12 year old son would give this an unqualified highest rating. He found this period of history very interesting, in part due to Hakim’s engaging presentation.
My only reservation is the trouble I have with Hakim interjecting her modern perspective on the historical events. I’m not sure why this is more grating to me on the later installments. My son has no problem with it – and he is the intended audience.
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