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How did a land and people of such immense diversity come together under a banner of freedom and equality to form one of the most remarkable nations in the world? Everyone from young adults to grandparents will be fascinated by the answers uncovered in James West Davidson's vividly told A Little History of the United States.

Davidson guides listeners through 500 years, from the first contact between the two halves of the world to the rise of America as a superpower in an era of atomic perils and diminishing resources.

In short, vivid chapters the audiobook brings to life hundreds of individuals whose tales are part of the larger American story. Pilgrim William Bradford stumbles into an Indian deer trap on his first day in America; Harriet Tubman lets loose a pair of chickens to divert attention from her escaping slaves; the toddler Andrew Carnegie, later an ambitious industrial magnate, gobbles his oatmeal with a spoon in each hand. Such stories are riveting in themselves, but they also spark larger questions to ponder about freedom, equality, and unity in the context of a nation that is and always has been remarkably divided and diverse.

©2015 James West Davidson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • JGD
  • 01/07/2020

please just the facts....

As a "history" book please just provide the facts. thoughts on subject such as climate change should be left for a book on just that opinions or thoughts on the subject rather than being stated as absolute.

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  • Generale
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  • Tad Davis
  • 02/01/2016

Brief but informative

Davidson's little history - part of a series apparently inspired by Gombrich's little history of the world - captures the essence of some of the critical issues of American history. He focuses on freedom and equality and how those concepts played out through the Revolution, the conflicts over slavery, the robber barons of the industrial revolution, the many crises of the twentieth century.

The narrative is mostly political and social, at the expense of military history: the battles of America's many wars race by at triple speed. The politics are described concisely and the coverage is broad, although I felt a gap in his discussion of the early Republic. The Constitution was like a musical score: the actual working government, and the implementation of checks and balances, had to be assembled almost on the fly. Davidson doesn't linger over the details of this process as much as I wish he had.

Arthur Morey has a great voice for this kind of straightforward historical narrative. He manages to sound objective without sounding passionless. It's a brisk and informative introduction / review.

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  • Alexander
  • 28/06/2018

It’s accurately titled “little history”

I bought this book, sadly, by the recommendation of another teacher I happened to meet at an history AP conference. This was one of the worst narratives on US history I’ve ever read. Honestly, textbooks are slightly better. The author glosses over, often inaccurately, difficult human rights moments in American history. There are so many errors with basic skills like cause and effect during the chapter on the civil rights era and others. Ww2 and the Cold War were awful. I almost wanted to stop listening after that chapter. Every time this author could offer some social justice history he failed miserably. Rosa Parks didn’t start the Civil Rights movement she was not just a seamstress but was a secretary for the NAACP. Brown v Board provided a legal bias to challenge Jim Crow segregation. JFK did not come up with the idea for voter registration as is alluded. Simply stuff to include even in a simple history book. It’s hard to be considered a credible historian without an honest, objective perspective on American history. Editorializing and choice words of bias by the author. Save your time and money, awful work here. I would donate this book but disagree with it’s contents too strongly to spread.

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 21/07/2020

Great book

This is just an amazing book when you actually read it. Its gives you a good gist about the world and history on it.

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  • Roger Scott
  • 20/04/2019

Outstanding and Enthralling Book

I’ve studied USA history many times in my lifetime, and yet, I’ve either forgotten or never been exposed to several facts and stories in this phenomenal book. It is written so well, and the story is so amazing, that it’s a real page-turner—the best kind of “reality” reading as opposed to much frivolous and worthless “reality TV.” I highly recommend this! It exposes the good and the bad about US History, and you won’t want to put it down nor stop listening.

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  • Sam Walker
  • 29/03/2018

More Progressive in viewpoint

For a short history, its striking how much time is given to individuals like Rachel Carson, and it ends with comparing nuclear war to global warming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/05/2021

Very concise and interesting

From Christopher Columbus to 2015. Very well done and keeps you engaged. Lots of history I didn’t know.

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  • DM
  • 11/04/2021

excellently done. quick easy read

If you were to only read one book about US History, this 2would be a very good place to start. Best thing about this book is the way the author links things together to create one cohesive narrative. Well organized, clearly not all inclusive but a very good overview in brief. well done, entertaining, great read

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  • Ky
  • 30/03/2021

Too biased for its own good

Although the overall history is laid out well and sometimes a bit too simplistic, it started to become apparent the liberal bias the author has in high lighting various aspects of his historical story. He starts to over emphasize more positive and longer sections for so called liberals or progressives and their value to history, yet much less 'equity' in quantity to the opposite side the the political perspective or individuals. Then, to tie a lovely bow on the bias he adds the liberal global warming mantra, which of course I caused mainly by the US and the doomsday predictions that have become as reliably incorrect over the last century if not more as the so called religious fanatics dooms day predictions thru out time (and there are plenty of those sited in the biased historical coverage). Nearly no historical perspective of the unparalleled positive value of the political system founded compared to other systems (amazing as that is why people's from all walks of life and nations still flock to this nation, yes, with its all its evils and warts). Bit not much mention of the positive aspects this nation has added to history,, mainly an over emphasis on the negative.. Yet, its a political system that has allowed it to change compared to other political systems that don't allow change. Anyway, enough said. Is it worth a listen, yes definitely. But, go into it knowing the apparent bias. Cheers amd happy listening!

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  • Ryan
  • 01/03/2021

Refresher

This book is a nice, quick, refresher for anyone interested in History without the time to deep dive into any one era or idea. The broad overview of America is concise, well thought out, and free of political leaning. This book while brief is flush with stories that if interested can be expounded upon with further research/reading. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who’s interested in a history refresher about America the land and it’s people. That being said this is a very brief and broad overview so do not expect in depth topic discussion and breakdowns.

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  • Generale
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  • A. Coombs
  • 11/01/2021

quick canter through American history

does as is expected, puts major events into context. slightly annoying how every figures nickname is mentioned, the author is obsessed with it. a good spring board to then dip into another part of American history if desired.