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Offering an abbreviated, accessible, and lively narrative history of the United States, this erudite volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions.

Robert V. Remini explores the arrival and migration of Native Americans; the discovery of the New World by Europeans and the establishment of colonies; the causes of the American Revolution; the founding of a republic under the Constitution; the struggle over slavery, which led to the Civil War; Reconstruction and the rise of big business; the emergence of the United States as a world power; the descent into the Great Depression; the global conflicts of the 20th century; and the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad.

In addition, Remini explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.

©2008 Robert V. Remini; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Craig
  • hudson, NH, USA
  • 01-02-09

Very thorough, easy listen, heavy on US Presidents

This was an excellent listen. I have an hour long commute, and was actually looking forward to the trip because I had more listening to do. This book started at US Pre-History, but very quickly progressed into the politics of the US, and typically stayed in a "political" theme. Almost every single US presidential administrations were briefly, and some not-so-briefly were visited.

I would recommend this book to someone who appreciates a good nonfiction book, and has a good block of time available.

My one critical point: I wished there were more "sections." The audible player (my Windows Mobile 6.1 device) only showed 7 sections, so if you loose your place, and don't book-mark, you will jump back too far if you go back to the previous section. I wish the Producer created a new section for every chapter.

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Difficult to listen to

I thought that the content of this book was o.k. Maybe a little heavy on the details and dates, but that information might be valuable to other readers. I had to quit listening to this because the narration is irritating. The narration is so rushed that it is difficult to listen to for over 5 minutes.

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Listening I have the feeling I am missing things

The story is read rather enthusiastically which is nice for historical things. However I had the feeling that I am missing part. It seems that it is written from a specific political view point and not an unbiased historical view point. Taking this in consideration it is still an entertaining listen. Can anyone recommend the other viewpoint so I can get the story complete?

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  • James
  • Kingsport, TN, USA
  • 02-28-09

A Short History of the US

I enjoyed the earlier years of this history book but found as I got to the years that I'm quite familiar with, this author leans heavily to the Left. He emphasizes the faults of Republicans and diminishes their accomplishments, then dismisses the shortcomings of Democrats while embellishing the dubious accomplishments of Democrats. Example: FDR did not end the Great Depression by nearly spending this country out of existance; WWII and the war economy brought us out of the depression. If Mr. Remini liked FDR,
he'll surely love our newest president, Barak Obama and his spending spree. As someone once said, "When you find yourself in a hole, don't keep digging".

Thank you,

Jim

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  • Elizabeth Davies
  • 02-18-10

A bit thin.

I enjoyed listening to this book but it was not particularly satisfying. There are many "gaps" and the title is therefore accurate. I suppose, it is an interesting entry to this fascinating story.

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