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The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today's United States.

Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.

Review:

"Winchester's latest history profiles a huge cast of eclectic characters who helped transform America from a cluster of colonies to a unified nation through the taming of the wilderness and the expansion of the country's infrastructure. The sweeping narrative is cleverly organized into five sections — each corresponds to one of the classical elements (wood, earth, water, fire, metal) and focuses on a different phase of American exploration or development. Winchester (The Alice Behind Wonderland) masterfully evokes the excitement of the nation's early days — when opportunity and possibility were manifest in uncharted mountains and new technologies — while bringing each of his subjects to life. Some, like Lewis and Clark, are familiar, while others — like the many topographers who set down the Mexican and Canadian boundaries — are more obscure, but no less interesting. Winchester, a Brit who recently became an American citizen, also incorporates personal travel anecdotes to comment on pivotal locations. This bold decision is the key to the book's greatest achievement: conveying the large-scale narrative of unification via the small-scale experience of the individual — the creation of a people by the agglomeration of persons. Illus. and maps." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Vivid, valuable....An extraordinary, propulsive tale." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Winchester provides surprising insights into our social history, further enriching his narrative with accounts of his personal odysseys around the country. The results are highly recommended for public and school libraries and all readers looking for new and stimulating perspectives on the history of America." Library Journal

Review:

"[M]esmerizing and fascinating...Mr. Winchester is a master storyteller, and all the individuals, places, and events that he passionately writes about come to life in exquisite detail." New York Journal of Books

Review:

"Winchester has found a thematic way to tell this familiar story so it seems fresh and informative, even fascinating." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa. Those books were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062079602
Subtitle:
America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
Author:
Winchester, Simon
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131015
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Winchester's latest history profiles a huge cast of eclectic characters who helped transform America from a cluster of colonies to a unified nation through the taming of the wilderness and the expansion of the country's infrastructure. The sweeping narrative is cleverly organized into five sections — each corresponds to one of the classical elements (wood, earth, water, fire, metal) and focuses on a different phase of American exploration or development. Winchester (The Alice Behind Wonderland) masterfully evokes the excitement of the nation's early days — when opportunity and possibility were manifest in uncharted mountains and new technologies — while bringing each of his subjects to life. Some, like Lewis and Clark, are familiar, while others — like the many topographers who set down the Mexican and Canadian boundaries — are more obscure, but no less interesting. Winchester, a Brit who recently became an American citizen, also incorporates personal travel anecdotes to comment on pivotal locations. This bold decision is the key to the book's greatest achievement: conveying the large-scale narrative of unification via the small-scale experience of the individual — the creation of a people by the agglomeration of persons. Illus. and maps." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Vivid, valuable....An extraordinary, propulsive tale."
"Review" by , "Winchester provides surprising insights into our social history, further enriching his narrative with accounts of his personal odysseys around the country. The results are highly recommended for public and school libraries and all readers looking for new and stimulating perspectives on the history of America."
"Review" by , "[M]esmerizing and fascinating...Mr. Winchester is a master storyteller, and all the individuals, places, and events that he passionately writes about come to life in exquisite detail."
"Review" by , "Winchester has found a thematic way to tell this familiar story so it seems fresh and informative, even fascinating."
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