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Give Me Liberty: v. 2: An American History Paperback – 31 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393932567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393932560
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Bad points: About 4 cm in width so not the easiest thing to carry round. Takes ages to read as chaps long with lots of (sometimes unnecessary) detail. To get around this I suggest underlining or writing summaries of the chapter sections.
Good points: This was a key book for my course and we had to read certain chaps every week and if you keep it up it really dose help to give you a good overview and you remember things much easier. Plainly written so simple to understand, covers a lot of areas and key for revision (for me one exam was multiple choice Q's based on answers in the book).
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Excellent book! Bought this in second year of degree and is an excellent starting point to the history of america giving a detailed understanding of the USA from start till present day. Would recommend this to modern history students in a-level and degree level
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great Undergrad Text 5 Dec. 2009
By R. Holden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am taking two courses of American history at my community college. This book is the one that my history professor chose for the class. It is a solid treatment of the history of the United States focused around the advancement of liberty. It does not take steps to ensure a level of detail in the major wars like the Civil War or Revolution. Instead, it directs the student's attention towards events which set the stage for oppression, racism, sexism, and other discriminations. From the removal of the natives to the growing issue of slavery in the United States, Foner carefully outlines how the meaning of the word 'liberty' means different things to different cultures, and how it has changed over time. The unique qualities of American liberty are thoroughly treated. This makes the textbook flow with ease; students can easily see a growing pattern emerge in Foner's work. True to his background, Foner gives an extremely lucid presentation that set the stage for the Civil War, and the route to segregation afterwards.

My only complaint is that it does not cover the wars as thoroughly as I wished. However, this book is good enough that I will be keeping it after my two courses are done. If anyone has a friend who's interested in American history, this is the book to get them.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best History Book Ever! 7 July 2009
By Casey Mcgarraugh - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although I had a previous edition (the one with the better front cover art) I can honestly say that this is the best history book I've ever had to read. I actually read the text cover to cover and loved it. It does not flow like a text book, but rather like a novel. It was very enjoyable and the ease of it helped me get an A.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Well-written 18 Jan. 2010
By Lynne - Published on
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I ordered this textbook to use with the APUSH students that I tutor. The textbook is well-written and presents information in a straightforward manner. (This is the first year the students have used this text; previously they used The American Pageant which I found almost poetic in style and difficult for my students to process.) Foner's textbook has very helpful online material that accompanies it, including a topical outline of each chapter that helps students take notes and practice quizzes for each chapter. I would give Foner's book 5 stars if it had key words in bold type.
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Great Resource 20 Aug. 2010
By Student Guy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I always found this book a nice read in general compared to most other history textbooks during my American History class. Dense material, of course, but very readable.

When I later used this as a significant source for a research paper is when I really saw how excellent it is. The book's biggest strength, in my personal opinion, is that it talks about freedom a lot-- how peoples' perception of it changed over time, and how American history is in many ways a story of various groups struggling for different types of freedom. Reading about different eras of American history and the various details is strongly aided by having it accompanied with a general overview of such a broad, interesting philosophical topic as freedom. It really makes this American history source unique. Thanks Foner!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good U.S. History Book 30 Jan. 2012
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This book was a requirement for my U.S. History 201 class and it was easy to read and full of good information. I actually plan on keeping the book and maybe re-reading it later.
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