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"The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures," begins Paul Johnson's remarkable new American history. "No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind." Johnson's history is a reinterpretation of American history from the first settlements to the Clinton administration. It covers every aspect of U.S. history--politics; business and economics; art, literature and science; society and customs; complex traditions and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character. Wherever possible, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to ensure a sense of actuality. "The book has new and often trenchant things to say about every aspect and period of America's past," says Johnson, "and I do not seek, as some historians do, to conceal my opinions."

Johnson's history presents John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Franklin, Tom Paine, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison from a fresh perspective. It emphasizes the role of religion in American history and how early America was linked to England's history and culture and includes incisive portraits of Andrew Jackson, Chief Justice Marshall, Clay, Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Johnson shows how Grover Cleveland and Teddy Roosevelt ushered in the age of big business and industry and how Woodrow Wilson revolutionized the government's role. He offers new views of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover and of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and his role as commander in chief during World War II. An examination of the unforeseen greatness of Harry Truman and reassessments of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush follow. "Compulsively readable," said Foreign Affairs of Johnson's unique narrative skills and sharp profiles of people.

This is an in-depth portrait of a great people, from their fragile origins through 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 and its sole superpower. Johnson discusses such contemporary topics as the politics of racism, education, Vietnam, the power of the press, political correctness, the growth of litigation, and the rising influence of women. He sees Americans as a problem-solving people and the story of America 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."

This challenging narrative and interpretation of American history by the author of many distinguished historical works is sometimes controversial and always provocative. Johnson's views of individuals, events, themes, and issues are original, critical, and admiring, for he is, above all, a strong believer in the history and the destiny of the American people.

Synopsis:

Reinterprets the history of the United States from the first settlements to the Clinton administration, covering politics, economics, the arts, and society, emphasizing the role of religion and the links to England

Table of Contents

Colonial America, 1580-1750 — Revolutionary America, 1750-1815 — Democratic America, 1815-1850 — Civil War America, 1850-1870 — Industrial America, 1870-1912 — Melting-Pot America, 1912-1929 — Superpower America, 1929-1960 — Problem-solving, problem-creating America, 1960-1997.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061952135
Publisher:
HarperPerennial
Subject:
History : General
Creator:
Johnson Paul
Author:
Johnson, Paul M.
Author:
Johnson Paul
Author:
Johnson, Paul
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
History
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Audio Books-US History
Subject:
Sale Books-History
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19990217
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
1104

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