A History of the American People

A History of the American People

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"The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures," begins Paul Johnson. "No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind."

In his prize-winning classic, Johnson presents an in-depth portrait of American history from the first colonial settlements to the Clinton administration. This is the story of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character. Littered with letters, diaries, and recorded conversations, it details the origins of their struggles for independence and nationhood, their heroic efforts and sacrifices to deal with the 'organic sin' of slavery and the preservation of the Union to its explosive economic growth and emergence as a world power. Johnson discusses contemporary topics such as the politics of racism, education, the power of the press, political correctness, the growth of litigation, and the influence of women throughout history. He sees Americans as a problem-solving people and the story of their country as "essentially one of difficulties being overcome by intelligence and skill, by faith and strength of purpose, by courage and persistence... Looking back on its past, and forward to its future, the auguries are that it will not disappoint humanity."

Sometimes controversial and always provocative, A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE is one author's challenging and unique interpretation of American history. Johnson's views of individuals, events, themes, and issues are original, critical, and in the end admiring, for he is, above all, a strong believer in the history and the destiny of the American people.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780060168360
Branch Call Number: 973/JOHN
Characteristics: 1088p. 24cm.


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Nov 25, 2018

This is an amazing and concise rendering of the history of the United States of America starting with the 17th century European Adventurers and ending somewhere in the early 1990's. This book provides the answer of "where did we come from?".

To those who would say this is "right wing", I would only respond that it is a sad day when having pride for one's country and one's origins, despite our many flaws, is somehow antithetical to the tenets of historical accuracy. Read Howard Zinns book and read this one. Compare and contrast the two and come to your own conclusions as the individual that you are.

Oct 23, 2014

The right-wing version. Formerly known as the real history of the United States.

ecrl Oct 03, 2013

If this is "the right wing [sic] version" I assume there is a "left-wing" version of American History... Actually, there are too many, so read this one and make up your own mind.

Oct 05, 2008

the right wing version


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