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History of the American People
History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
Edition: Paperback

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3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting slant, 16 May 2004
The subtitle of this book could quite easily be �eThe story of how America became such a great place�f, the conclusion being that it was because of the lack of a socialist party and the fact that �egreat men�f such as businessmen and inventors were allowed to get on with it on their own. The author then �edebunks�f whatever good reputation any liberal figures or government interference might still have in America (he much prefers Nixon to Kennedy). With such a political slant, it is unsurprising that the author has no truck with Marxist or feminist interpretations of history, and this is very much a traditional story of presidents, pressmen, businessmen and artists- although it is also quite strong on economic statistics and the stories of inventions and how they affected people�fs lives. All this does make for a very readable book, with the author making a real effort to show why the things he covers are important and influence life today, and he makes good use of personal descriptions and witty quotes. The book needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is an easy read, and at least the political slant is clear from the start

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