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A useful introduction
on 15 September 2012
I bought this book for a university module. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about American history and having not read volume one of give me liberty. However Foner's book does not require any prior knowledge and is very accessible and easy-going, I was reading 30-50 pages a day without becoming tired of it.
This is not a criticism but a warning against using this book as anything but an introductory text, it covers all the basics, however further reading will be essential to flesh out the skeleton structure which Foner provides. If you already have a sound basic knowledge of American history during the period covered you may benefit from buying a more detailed text and simply find this in a library where you need a refresher.
The book serves its purpose as an introduction, however when I return to studying American history I will probably not use it substantially.