• A Brief History of America

  • Contradictions & Divisions in the United States from the Revolutionary Era to the Present Day
  • By: Dominic Haynes
  • Narrated by: Jared Zak
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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A Brief History of America

By: Dominic Haynes
Narrated by: Jared Zak
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A Brief History of America provides an overview of the modern history of the United States of America through the lens of the two-party political system. It explores the good, the bad, the right, and the wrong of one of the modern world's greatest superpowers.

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, the world bore witness to the noxious political atmosphere in the United States and the deep divisions between its citizens. To those living in the present day, it would seem like American society is hurtling down a path of increasing incivility and polarization.

However, the cracks in the political and social lives of Americans have existed for generations, bursting open at different times throughout the nation’s history.

From the earliest disagreements between Founding Fathers to the Caning of Senator Charles Sumner just before the Civil War, the political climate in the United States has never been pleasant. There have always been two Americas: the one that claims to defend freedom abroad and the one perpetuating inequality and bondage at home.

Working from the aftermath of the French & Indian War up to the divisive climate of the present day, a pattern of progress and ensuing backlash comes into focus. Founded on the initial contradiction of a slave-holding society claiming that “All men are created equal”, the United States has continually struggled to fulfill that promise, but unquenchable American optimism and the hope for a brighter future persists with each generation struggling forward.

©2021 Dominic Haynes (P)2021 Dominic Haynes

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Great for brushing up on my history

I really enjoyed the Brief History of Canada by this author so I wanted to try another by him. I love brushing up on history and learning new facts…it’s always interesting to me to hear about the history of different countries. Book did not disappoint…learned lots of new tidbits of information.

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A labor of love

There's a lot of info packed into this brief history and brief though it may be at just over an hour, it's fact-packed yet at the same time doesn't lose any of its storytelling power. This condensed history of the US also doesn't gloss over the bad or nor excessively demonise the past. This is a well-balanced account of how one of the most powerful countries in history came to be. Fascinating!

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Excellent book!

Haynes is a master historian. This was exactly the quick historical review I was looking for. A looooot of stuff I didn’t know! I loved it.

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Wow!!! Very Informative

Wow!!!

I enjoyed listening to every chapter of this audiobook.

I learned a lot from this audiobook.

Highly recommended to all who want to know more about America history.

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A transcendent audiobook with great insights!

This is a very informative and engaging listen that has been composed based on thorough research on the historical aspects of America. I finished this audiobook on a long drive back home with my family, and my kids loved it as they too have a thirst for learning history, just as I do. Such a revelation and a thunderclap on facts that we never knew before on the history of America. The content is very precise and straightforward, and I think that the future generation should listen to this as it simply sums up a history of 200 years. We enjoyed the listen a lot, and I completely recommend this!

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Great history book

I have learned SO much about American history in this book! As a immigrant I don’t know much about American history, but I have live in this beautiful land for decades now I feel like this is something I need to learn. I have definitely gain tons of American history knowledge after this, everything from civil war, Great Depression, WW1 and WW2 what a eye opener for me. I highly recommended if you want a quick read about American history.

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I did not know this about the U.S. history until..

I did not know this about the U.S. history until I listened to this audiobook. Since I came to the U.S. during undergraduate, I have noticed the growing division and polarization among the citizens. However, I did realize how deeply rooted this was in the American history. This book was very eye opening. It would be great if there is a source or citation of resources that can be used to explore further reading.

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Great Book!

After listening to this book I felt totally ignorant about modern US history ... I had no idea about many historical events such as the civil war and fight story between the two Americas throughout history, I highly recommend it to everyone interested in modern history and to expand his/her knowledge.

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Interesting audiobook

A very interesting audiobook about American History. I really enjoyed learning new facts that somehow I didn't learn all these years. A very good and engaging narration too! A very good audiobook indeed!

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History At It's Craziest!

Wow, what an eye-opener. I absolutely loved this. My favorite parts were the bits about the great depression and WW1 & WW2. Lots of great information in there and very well narrated. Well done.

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  • Lina Kochanske
  • 10-25-21

Good listen

Loved listening to this book on my daily walks. I am not big on history myself so was great to brush on it again. I like how simple the facts were presented.

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  • Hotel And Co
  • 09-16-21

Great history on US

This is a great history book aimed at covering the revolutionary era to the present day. A great overall book.

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  • Edvin Szolcsak
  • 09-11-21

The history of USA!

Thanks to this book our children getting better grades in history class. We try to listen to this audiobook in the car and while we going to school. It did refresh my memory also very well and we cannot wait to listen for the next episodes on this topic from the author! Definitely recommended!

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  • zoeks
  • 09-08-21

Great for kids and adults

I got this for my kids to listen to over the summer before school started up again, and they loved it! It was nice to have in the car or to listen to in the afternoon before dinner time in place of playing with screens. I love that it's educational and fun to listen to. Highly recommend!

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  • Esmeralda S.
  • 09-05-21

Fascinating history!

American history is one of the most exciting histories for me because my grandmother is Native American. This book gave me a summary of the most important events in America until now. If you like history, this book is for you.

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  • Dillon Heger
  • 07-11-21

Very interesting

My knowledge of US history was very limited until I listened to this title. This audiobook does well to provide a lot of clear, concise and interesting info on US history by condensing many years of history into a short listen, making it a lot more engaging and interesting to listen to.

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  • NathanS
  • 07-07-21

Very Precise & Neatly Explained History of USA

Need of the hour. After the tumultuous election drama of 2020 and seeing how USA is divided exactly in two parts, behind party lines, I wanted to know more about the history of USA. It was good that I got this book as here the author Dominic Haynes has explained the complicated history of USA in a very straight forward, precise and matter of fact manner. What surprised me the most was to find that the author has explained everything starting from the period when USA was formed till today. The author has managed to explain tedious historical facts & details in almost an anecdotal manner and coupled with the excellent narration of Jared Zak you would subconsciously be asking for more! Every nation has its past and its future generations are always left to deal with it and after reading this informative book we come to know that what happened in the lead up to, during and after the 2020 elections, was already foretold by the founding fathers of the USA! That said, the world knows how whenever the need arises, the people of US can set aside all these petty differences and rise up to any occasion and come out with flying colors. That need is now. I would highly recommend this book to everyone living in the US, anyone wanting to settle in the US, to all history buffs and also to all non-history buffs, so that everyone can get their facts right.

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  • Nathan
  • 07-05-21

Great audiobook

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook - it is a great summary of history of America, presented in very interesting way. In one hour your will hear everything you need to know without spending hours reading boring history books.

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  • Lauren E
  • 07-05-21

Very informative and interesting

I learned a lot of interesting facts about the history of America. This book is succint and to the point and covers a lot of key information. I highly recommend this Audiobook!

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  • Chun
  • 07-05-21

Dipping into history

There's so much to learn of the 200 years of history of the US. We can analyze not only the happened events but the political motivations and the power influences. This book covers so many topics and what I personally love is about freedom defending. Worth listening to whether you are a US citizen or not.