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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (9 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019538914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195389142
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Paul Boyer, a scholar's scholar and a teacher's teacher, has here encompassed the entirety of American history in an account that testifies on every page to his lifetime of deep and thoughtful learning, and to his remarkable powers of synthesis, concision, balance, and trenchantly lucid writing."--David M. Kennedy, author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945





"Paul Boyer, a scholar's scholar and a teacher's teacher, has here encompassed the entirety of American history in an account that testifies on every page to his lifetime of deep and thoughtful learning, and to his remarkable powers of synthesis, concision, balance, and trenchantly lucid writing."--David M. Kennedy, author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945


About the Author

Paul S. Boyer was Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus and former director, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison; editor in chief, Oxford Companion to United States History (2001); co-author, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (with Stephen Nissenbaum, 1974); author, By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age (1985), et al.


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Professor Boyer has managed to reduce the complex history of the USA into a short hundred or so pages of excellent and informative prose. It is a super introduction to the subject and I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice. It is a handy read on aeroplanes too because it is a neat size. I would recommend it to anyone.
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A wide-ranging, full, and interesting introduction.
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Lovely series of books giving a brief history of different subjects - this one about American history really useful for my history degree.
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This little book is well worth purchasing as a quick introduction to the history of North America. It has a wealth of information to start off an interest in North American history.
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America is one of the most fascinating and influential countries in the history of the World. For a while now it has been recognized as a singularly important country in the World, be it in terms of its economic and military power, its cultural influence, or its remarkable scientific and technological advances. This is that much more remarkable considering that America is a relatively young country - as a nation it has only existed for close to a quarter of a millennium, and as an distinct political and cultural entity for perhaps a couple of centuries longer. This pales in comparison to any other major nation in the world, some of whose histories extend for several millennia. Nonetheless, America boasts of a rich and interesting history.

This very short introduction to American history aims to give a highlight of all the major historical developments over the last four centuries or so. It is for the most part a very accessible and digestible account. People who are already well familiar with American history will find a lot of information in here that they had already been exposed to in other settings. The first two thirds of the book or so is just a very straightforward and clearly written rehash of the main events and developments in American history.

Unfortunately as the book progresses it becomes increasingly tendentious and ideological.
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A brief yet informative summary of american history. Would've liked more on their international involvement after WWII but in all a good introduction
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As someone with very little previous knowledge of US history, this little book has provided just what I was looking for.
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