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A powerful reinterpretation of the founding of America, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

"The creation of the United States of America is the central event of the past four hundred years," declares Walter McDougall in his preface to Freedom Just Around the Corner. With this statement begins McDougall's most ambitious, original, and uncompromising of histories. McDougall marshals the latest scholarship and writes in a style redolent of passion, pathos, and humor in pursuit of truths often obscured in books burdened with political slants.

From the origins of English expansion under Henry VIII to the founding of the United States to the rollicking election of President Andrew Jackson, McDougall rescues from myth or oblivion the brave, brilliant, and flawed people who made America great: women and men, native-born and immigrant; German, Latin, African, and British; as well as farmers, engineers, planters, merchants; Protestants, Freemasons, Catholics, and Jews; and — last but not least — the American scofflaws, speculators, rogues, and demagogues.

With an insightful approach to the nearly 250 years spanning America's beginnings, McDougall offers his readers an understanding of the uniqueness of the "American character" and how it has shaped the wide-ranging course of historical events. McDougall explains that Americans have always been in a unique position of enjoying "more opportunity to pursue their ambitions...than any other people in history." Throughout Freedom Just Around the Corner the character of the American people shines, a character built out of a freedom to indulge in the whole panoply of human behavior. The genius behind the success of the United Statesis founded on the complex, irrepressible American spirit.

A grand narrative rich with new details and insights about colonial and early national history, Freedom Just Around the Corner is the first installment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day — as epic, bemusing, and brooding as Bob Dylan's "Jokerman," the ballad that inspires its titles.

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"[P]rovides up-to-date understanding of much that happened in our early history but without a sharply etched point of view." Publishers Weekly

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"So original is McDougall's approach that you can read any five pages of this book and feel that you are encountering the American story through fresh eyes." Michael Bechloss, Washington Post

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"His endnotes are sometimes almost as informative and entertaining as the text itself." Gordon S. Wood, Yhe New York Times

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"A first-rate history, freshly told, with every promise of becoming a standard text." Kirkus Reviews

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"General history buffs as well as undergraduate students will appreciate this book." Library Journal

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This new history of the United States is based on a global interpretation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Seven maps.

Synopsis:

A powerful reinterpretation of the founding of America by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian.

The creation of the United States of America is the central event of the past four hundred years," states Walter McDougall in his preface to Freedom Just Around the Corner. With this statement begins McDougall's most ambitious, original, and uncompromising of histories. McDougall marshals the latest scholarship and writes in a style redolent with passion, pathos, and humour in pursuit of truths often obscured in books burdened with political slants.

With an insightful approach to the nearly 250 years spanning America's beginnings, McDougall offers his readers an understanding of the uniqueness of the "American character" and how this character has shaped the wide ranging course of historical events. McDougall explains that Americans have always been in a unique position of enjoying "more opportunity to pursue their ambitions䳨an any other people in history." Throughout Freedom Just Around the Cornerthe character of the American people shines, a character built out of a freedom to indulge in the whole panoply of human behaviour. The genius behind the success of the United States is founded on the complex, irrepressible American spirit.

A grand narrative rich with new details and insights about colonial and early national history, Freedom Just Around the Corneris the first instalment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day, a story epic, bemusing, and brooding.

Synopsis:

From the origins of the English expansion under Henry VIII to the founding of the United States to the rollicking election of President Andrew Jackson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter A. McDougall rescues from myth or oblivion the brave, brilliant, and flawed people who made America great: women and men, native-born and immigrant; German, Latin, African, and British; as well as farmers, engineers, planters, and merchants; Protestants, Freemasons, Catholics, and Jews; and — last but not least — the American scofflaws, speculators, rogues, and demagogues.

With an insightful approach to the nearly two hundred and fifty years spanning America's beginnings, McDougall offers his readers an understanding of the uniqueness of the "American character" and how it has shaped the wide-ranging course of historical events. McDougall explains that Americans have always beenin a unique position of enjoying "more opportunity to pursue their ambitions ... than any other people in history."

The first installment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day, Freedom Just Around the Corner is "so original ... that you can read any five pages of this book and feel that you are encountering the American story through fresh eyes" (Washington Post Book World).

About the Author

A professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, Walter A. McDougall is the author of many books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heavens and the Earth and Let the Sea Make a Noise. . . . He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two teenage children.

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Jeff Michels, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Jeff Michels)
This may be the best general history of the U.S. yet written. Mcdougall doesn't take a liberal, conservative, new, revisionist or fundamentalist slant on American history, but he cites sources from all of those schools of thought and more - when they merit citation. Through this he tells a more complete and useful story than any previous historian. His fundamental thesis, that America thrives because it allows the hustler (in all fields, religion, politics, education, business, etc.) not only to exist but to thrive, is well supported and offers a fundamentally useful view of history to the modern reader. The citations themselves offer a roadmap for a graduate course in American histoy, while at the same time the book remains an entertaining and absorbing read.
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Tripp, July 10, 2006 (view all comments by Tripp)
This was a great read. McDougall synthesizes wide swathes of American historical research and writes an engaging, reasonably centrist analysis of the first American centuries. It's the sort of book where you learn something new every few pages, which is sadly rare.
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ISBN:
9780060957551
Author:
Mcdougall, Walter A
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
McDougall, Walter A.
Author:
Wood, Maryrose
Author:
by Walter A. McDougall
Author:
Lawson, Nigella
Author:
Klassen, Jon
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
United States History 1783-1865.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
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Trade PB
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20050431
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from 3 to 7
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English
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656
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8.04x6.64x1.08 in. 1.15 lbs.
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from 8 to 12

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Product details 656 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060957551 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[P]rovides up-to-date understanding of much that happened in our early history but without a sharply etched point of view."
"Review" by , "So original is McDougall's approach that you can read any five pages of this book and feel that you are encountering the American story through fresh eyes."
"Review" by , "His endnotes are sometimes almost as informative and entertaining as the text itself."
"Review" by , "A first-rate history, freshly told, with every promise of becoming a standard text."
"Review" by , "General history buffs as well as undergraduate students will appreciate this book."
"Synopsis" by , This new history of the United States is based on a global interpretation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Seven maps.
"Synopsis" by , A powerful reinterpretation of the founding of America by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian.

The creation of the United States of America is the central event of the past four hundred years," states Walter McDougall in his preface to Freedom Just Around the Corner. With this statement begins McDougall's most ambitious, original, and uncompromising of histories. McDougall marshals the latest scholarship and writes in a style redolent with passion, pathos, and humour in pursuit of truths often obscured in books burdened with political slants.

With an insightful approach to the nearly 250 years spanning America's beginnings, McDougall offers his readers an understanding of the uniqueness of the "American character" and how this character has shaped the wide ranging course of historical events. McDougall explains that Americans have always been in a unique position of enjoying "more opportunity to pursue their ambitions䳨an any other people in history." Throughout Freedom Just Around the Cornerthe character of the American people shines, a character built out of a freedom to indulge in the whole panoply of human behaviour. The genius behind the success of the United States is founded on the complex, irrepressible American spirit.

A grand narrative rich with new details and insights about colonial and early national history, Freedom Just Around the Corneris the first instalment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day, a story epic, bemusing, and brooding.

"Synopsis" by , From the origins of the English expansion under Henry VIII to the founding of the United States to the rollicking election of President Andrew Jackson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter A. McDougall rescues from myth or oblivion the brave, brilliant, and flawed people who made America great: women and men, native-born and immigrant; German, Latin, African, and British; as well as farmers, engineers, planters, and merchants; Protestants, Freemasons, Catholics, and Jews; and — last but not least — the American scofflaws, speculators, rogues, and demagogues.

With an insightful approach to the nearly two hundred and fifty years spanning America's beginnings, McDougall offers his readers an understanding of the uniqueness of the "American character" and how it has shaped the wide-ranging course of historical events. McDougall explains that Americans have always beenin a unique position of enjoying "more opportunity to pursue their ambitions ... than any other people in history."

The first installment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day, Freedom Just Around the Corner is "so original ... that you can read any five pages of this book and feel that you are encountering the American story through fresh eyes" (Washington Post Book World).

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