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The United States is undergoing a period of intense political and social change. From the rise of the Tea Party to social media's effect on American life and politics, this new edition fills in the gaps of this Nation's story.

Award-winning political journalist and history writer Steve Wiegand guides you through the events that shaped our nation, from pre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. The explorers, the wars, the leaders, and the eras are all fully explored and explained, demonstrating how the past influences the future. 

  • Explore the deepening divide between the very wealthy and the poor and middle class.
  • Get to know the deep and bitter divisions between political parties and even geographic regions of the country, including the 2016 election results.
  • Understand the country's delicate - and precarious - position as the world's preeminent economic, military, and political power.

U.S. History For Dummies, 4th Edition makes US history accessible for students and lifelong learners alike.

©2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media

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Good summary of US history

I've listened to about one fourth of this so far, skipping around to different points in history. It's a good, not-too-serious overview of US history. This is a good book of you want to review history, to get the 30 thousand foot overview. An example of how it summarizes: It mentions that in the later 1800s whale oil had gotten expensive, so another solution was found - petroleum. It doesn't say why whale oil was expensive, which is what you would expect from a more in-depth treatment. For the previous third edition of this book, I saw some reviewers complain that this book shows a heavy political slant. I didn't really see this, although haven't listened to the 21 century history section, except for brief parts.

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Couldn’t finish it.

I was looking for a factual telling of US history. Unfortunately the author spends an obsessive amount of time explaining how white people victimized blacks and Indians. Yeah we get it - there were injustices. That can be explained without making it the central plot.

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Love the "for Dummies" series. This version is nicely up to date (more or less).