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American Colonies: The Settling of North America Audiobook

American Colonies: The Settling of North America: Penguin History of the United States, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States series, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from millennia past through the decades of Western colonization and conquest and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.

Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

©2001 Alan Taylor (P)2016 Tantor

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"[A] work of history colored by our age of diversity." (Booklist)

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    "Excellent overview of the colonies"

    This book was assigned for a college class. I really enjoyed listening to it on audible and the narrators voice was very pleasant.

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    Gretchen Johnson 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Learned a lot about American colonies"

    Great book about settling America. Includes everything from New England to Hawaii. Very interesting , well written and well read.

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    Joan Duhon 11-12-16
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    "Fantastic Book"

    Of all the historical books I've read, this was probably one of the best. I think it should be a must read in our schools. I thought it was a very honest, unbiased book. Totally enjoyed it.

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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 04-04-17
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 04-04-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Very interesting"

    Throughout and highly recommended. Provides a much broader view of how North America was settled

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    "great book "

    i Purchased this audiobook to help with a college course. couldn't have been more pleased. it was very helpful and I found myself sitting in my driveway times waiting for the chapter to end.

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    "History at its most meaningful."

    Unlike most historical accountings, Taylor emphasizes the interconnections; offering critical political insights from multiple perspectives.

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    "Excellent history, boring title!"

    Don't let the title fool you, this an excellent and comprehensive modern take on early American history. Those scope is by intent broad in its multinational and multicultural view of American "colonies," that takes the reader beyond the boundaries of the usual tale to speak of the Caribbean, Canada, and Hawaii and a wide variety of participants from a spectrum of Native American tribes and European colonizers, such as Spain, France, Russia, England and the Netherlands. Interesting thesis. Professionally read.

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    "A fascinating story"

    A comprehensive and ungloryfied overview of the roles of all the players in the European colonization of North America. An emphasis is place on the impact of the colonization on the native people of North America. A fascinating and poignant story.

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    "Leftist version of reality "

    The classic liberal attempt to elevate native Americans and other groups into the main events which were planned and executed by
    male Europeans. Another author that can't deal with the basic fact that white Christian males have dominated all forms of human endeavor since the collapse of the Chinese empire gathered steam in the 1500's,
    I am returning it.

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