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A compelling look at the movements and developments that propelled America to world dominance.

In this landmark work, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a nation both galvanized by change and driven by conflict. Beginning in 1945, the economic juggernaut awakened by World War II transformed a country once defined by its regional character into a uniform and cohesive power and set the stage for the United States’ rise to global dominance.

Meanwhile, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has shaped the path of American civic life, unfolding how the civil rights and labor movements worked for decades to enlarge the rights of millions of Americans, only to watch power ultimately slip from individual citizens to private corporations.

Moving through McCarthyism and Vietnam, from the Great Society to Morning in America, Joshua Freeman’s sweeping story of a nation’s rise reveals forces at play that will continue to affect the future role of American influence and might in the greater world.

©2012 Joshua Freeman (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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Great history of our imperial reach

This book chronicles our history during different era's and reviews all the means the government has employed to involve us in wars of aggression, to benefit vested interests, and facilitate our imperialist ambitions. Well told and well written.

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  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC, United States
  • 08-15-12

Partisan Drivel

Would you try another book from Joshua Freeman and/or Don Hagen?

This book was not very informative and the production quality was low. For a reader with a basic knowledge of U.S. History in the 20th Century, you will not learn much from this book. The narrator is not very compelling (the sound quality is low) and there are several apx. 10 second breaks in the recording. So, no and no.

What was most disappointing about Joshua Freeman’s story?

This book is like a high school history textbook with cliche liberal talking points mixed in. Buy this book if you want to hear 100x how "manichean" Republicans are, and hear a whole chapter on how "paternalistic" Walmart is. I learned very little from listening.

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I have listened to many history books from Audible. Recent favorites are 1493 by Charles Mann and Civilization from Niall Ferguson. Those books taught me things I never knew. THIS BOOK does not. If you took high school US History, and occasionally watch the news, you will not learn anything from this book. You'll just hear things you already know as described by a committed partisan with the same old stale talking points you've heard a 100 times.

5 of 22 people found this review helpful

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zdisjointed approach

Would you try another book from Joshua Freeman and/or Don Hagen?

no

What do you think your next listen will be?

don.t know

What aspect of Don Hagen’s performance would you have changed?

nothing

What character would you cut from American Empire?

na

Any additional comments?

This book, a history of the U>S> from 1945-2000 is disjointed, difficult to follow

0 of 8 people found this review helpful