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What Hath God Wrought Audiobook

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, History, 2008

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

He examines the rise of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic party but contends that John Quincy Adams and other advocates of public education, economic integration, and the rights of blacks, women, and Indians were the true prophets of America's future.

Howe's panoramic narrative - weaving together social, economic, and cultural history with political and military events - culminates in the controversial but brilliantly executed war against Mexico that gained California and Texas for America.

Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. What Hath God Wrought is number V in The Oxford History of the United States.

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©2007 Oxford University Press, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the most outstanding syntheses of U.S. history published this decade." (Publishers Weekly)
"He is a genuine rarity: an English intellectual who not merely writes about the United States but actually understands it." (Washington Post)
"A stunning synthesis....it is a rare thing to encounter a book so magisterial and judicious and also so compelling." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Eric DEL RIO, TX, United States 06-06-12
    Eric DEL RIO, TX, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What Hath God Wrought to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What did you like best about this story?

    Revealing the nature origin of the current political madness


    What about Patrick Cullen’s performance did you like?

    Perfect emphasis


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...reader needs time to absorb its meaning


    Any additional comments?

    Get enlightened...and heartbroken

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    Carol 05-05-12
    Carol 05-05-12 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books while I walk my dog, turning even the dreariest rain and cold into a wonderful escape.

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    "Solid history of the period"
    What did you like best about What Hath God Wrought? What did you like least?

    If you don't know a lot about this period in American history and are looking for a book that covers the broad landscape and key characters, this book is a good choice. It's not riveting, but it's not boring either, and it gets the job done.


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    Johannes Turku, Finland 03-14-12
    Johannes Turku, Finland 03-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to What Hath God Wrought the most enjoyable?

    sophisticated narrative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Hath God Wrought?

    interesting details


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Cullen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i have not


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no - far too long for that!


    Any additional comments?

    its good to have quality history books like this for audinble

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    Michael Sterling heights, MI, United States 11-24-11
    Michael Sterling heights, MI, United States 11-24-11
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    It was hard to put the ear budds down. A must for anyone wanting to explore the " how did we get here " angle of american history.

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    diane harty 11-22-11
    diane harty 11-22-11 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent history!"

    I loved this one, the story flows so well, ties together the different movements and events of the first half of the 19 th century into a great story. I am going to look into the other Oxford series. The best history audio I have yet listened to.

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    Ram Los Altos Hills, CA, United States 10-14-11
    Ram Los Altos Hills, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A compelling narrative"

    Great narrative of the early 19th century America. Enjoyed listening. If the narrator 'Patrick Cullen' would slow down a bit it would be even more enjoyable.

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    Eric Chico, CA, United States 09-27-11
    Eric Chico, CA, United States 09-27-11
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    "Monotone"

    Written like an encyclopedia and read with a monotone voice who rushes between topics. Utterly miserable listen

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    Chris Chicago, IL 08-10-11
    Chris Chicago, IL 08-10-11 Listener Since 2007

    Bostonian at heart

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    "Above-average book, below-average narration"

    This is yet another excellent book from the Oxford U.S. History Series. I felt like David Walker Howe jumps around more than the authors of the other books within the series, neither using a thematic nor narrative approach to telling the story of the Jacksonian period. But all of the information is there, and the writing is good. Howe really demonstrates how much things change in U.S. society, politics and culture from 1815-1848. You'll have to stomach a substantial amount of religion in the book, but with the Second Great Awakening, religion is pivotal to the period, and it impacts other areas as well.

    My biggest problem with the audiobook is narration/editing that borders on disastrous at times. Necessary pauses are removed; a different narrator will randomly appear in mid-paragraph, or even mid-sentence; and the main narrator isn't really that good to begin with. Most of the books in this series are narrated by Robert Fass, who's outstanding. The book on the Depression/WWII is narrated by Tom Weiner, who's peerless. Somehow the publishers swung and missed on this one, and unfortunately, the poor audio made following and enjoying the book more difficult.

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    Michael United States 07-17-11
    Michael United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Biased and Ponderous"

    I have listened to many history books from Audible, and have enjoyed the vast majority of them. This is the first one I couldn't complete. I almost gave up on it a couple of times but stuck with it, but just couldn't go on by the time I was about 3/4 of the way through. Though there was certainly a lot of interesting content, the book's and the audio's faults became too much to bear.

    Though I expect some bias from virtually every historian, I do still expect them to provide a reasonably balanced perspective. Though I am not a fan of Andrew Jackson, the author's treatment of him is very one-sided. The author also obviously takes a great personal interest in American religious history and drones on for too long and in too much detail. Though it's an important topic, it could have been covered more successfully in much less time and detail. I appreciate that the author doesn't gloss over the suffering and injustice that minorities and Native Americans experienced, but again it's very one-sided.

    Regarding the audio, the narration and editing of this audio book is the worst I have heard. The narrator speaks in a monotone and his acute enunciation is unnatural and becomes annoying. There were frequent short edits throughout the audio that were jarring because of the change in tone, timbre and volume. This was the worst audio editing of any audio book I've listened to, and I've listened to many.

    I expect better of the Oxford series and have enjoyed other titles in the series. This volume was a disappointment and makes me hesitant to purchase any others.

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    JCS Seattle 07-12-11
    JCS Seattle 07-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredibly disjointed"

    Maybe it's the timeframe... Or maybe it's the writing. This book jumps all over the place, failing to keep any narative alive for very long. The author uses the barest of segues to move rapidly from topic to another. I feel like I never got any in-depth knowledge about anything.

    The narator exacerbates this with badly pieced-together snippets of reading. The tone of voice changes radically as he picks the book back up and then switches a couple sentences later. At some points it feels like the audio editor was trying to remove "white space" like you hear in some radio ads, trying to get as much in as possible in 30 seconds.

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