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
The narrator does of wonderful job of reading this book, which is not like any text book from my day. Hakim has a gift for giving life and personality to the past. The crazy thing is that the recording is not divided into chapters or anything that resembles the divisions of the book. You'll waste a lot of time trying to find your place again.
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.
My 12 year old and I have really enjoyed this Hakim history series. He actually finds it his preferred listening before bed. Although I was a US history major decades ago, I enjoy re-learning about events in US history. I’ve been encouraging my older son to listen as a way to bone up on US history before he heads off to college.
This installment was especially good. The civil war is such an interesting and sad time in US history, filled with great and memorable stories. Both my son and I learned a lot from it.
In terms of perspective, I think it is fair to say that Hakim has a center left orientation, not dissimilar from the commentary you would see in a PBS documentary or a national park museum. Although I share her politics, it is sometimes a bit disconcerting to me that she digresses into judgments on the beliefs or behaviors encountered. I wonder if that is in part driven by the middle or high school audience and what she perceives as their need for guidance about the events she covers. I would have preferred not to have the commentary, but I think it is a minor flaw.
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