A Short History of the United States

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Covering every major event in the country's history, including the causes of the American Revolution, the struggle over slavery that led to the Civil War, the Reconstruction of the country following the war, the rise of big business, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the descent into the Great Depression, the wars of the Twentieth Century, and the outbreak of terrorism in the United States and around the globe. The book also describes how English colonists slowly transformed themselves into the Americans we know today. Most particularly, it seeks to demonstrate how a collection of sovereign, independent states created a workable republican government that subsequently evolved into a democracy, and how society underwent periodic changes in the way individuals looked and behaved. It is a unique, exciting and wonderful story which needs to be better known and appreciated-especially by its own citizens.

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In A Short History of the United States, National Book Award winner Robert V. Remini offers a much-needed, concise history of our country. This accessible and lively volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions, including the arrival and migration of Native Americans, the founding of a republic under the Constitution, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad, the Obama presidency, and everything in between.


“A masterful recounting of the Amercian experience from the discovery of the New World to the present. . . . It is a perfect history for our times.” (Robert Dallek, author of Nixon and Kissinger)

“In 2008, Americans face war, terrorism, recession and the rising economies of China and India. Yet the author avers there is still reason to hope for good leadership. Astute assessments of an evolving nation and ideal reading for November voters.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Provides everything a casual (or bewildered) reader needs to know about the United States from the first English colonists until the beginning of 2008. . . . An objective narrative of this nation’s history that readers of all political stripes will appreciate.” (Publishers Weekly)

“One of our great historians has now given us yet another great work. . . . [It] may be brief, but it is wise, eloquent and authoritative. Readers in search of a sprightly tour of the nation’s lives and times need look no farther than Remini’s latest achievement.” (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House)

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