American Colonies: The Settlement of North America to 1800 (Penguin History of the United States)

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"American Colonies" starts with the earliest years of human colonization of the American continent and environs with the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait 15,000 years ago. It ends in around 1800 when the rough outline of the contemporary North America could be perceived. Dropping the usual Anglo centric description of North America's fate, Taylor brilliantly conveys the far more vivid and startling story of the competing interests - Spanish, French, English, Native, Russian - that over the centuries shaped and reshaped both the continent and its 'suburbs' in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is one of the greatest of all human stories.

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"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Coloniesis perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan

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j"Formidable...provokes us to contemplate teh ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." --The New York Times Book Review
"A superb overview of colonial America." -- Christian Science Monitor
"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Coloniesis perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan"

"Formidable...provokes us to contemplate teh ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." --The New York Times Book Review
"A superb overview of colonial America." -- Christian Science Monitor
"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Coloniesis perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan"

"Formidable...provokes us to contemplate the ways in which residents of North America have dealt with diversity." -The New York Times Book Review
"A superb overview of colonial America." -Christian Science Monitor
"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Coloniesis perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." Phillip J. Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Culture and History at theUniversity of Michigan
Even the serious student of history will find a great deal of previously obscure information. The book offers a balanced understanding of the diverse peoples and forces that converged on this continent and influenced the course of American history. Publishers Weekly(starred review)
Crammed full of fascinating material uncovered by historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists in the past half-century. Newsday"

About the Author:

Alan Taylor is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. His last book was WILLIAM COOPER'S TOWN which won both the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in American History.

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