The Men Who United the States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Winchester, Simon

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Men Who United the States
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1611292492
9781611292497
0062079603
9780062079602
Characteristics: xxv, 463 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm

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Mar 15, 2015

This is a disappointing book. It reads more like a tourist guide than an interpretative analysis of American history. It is a romantic, idealistic and mythological overview of how America developed into a "United county". Mr. Winchester writes that the men, there were no women who United this country were explorers and inventors. The question is did these men actually create one nation, indivisible? Contrary to Mr. Tom Brokaw, the author did disappoint. America was forged primarily through war. Battles against Natives, Mexicans, spaniards and even against themselves. The US civil war took thousands of lives and did little to foster unity. Today America is a dysfunctional country. It is divided by race, by religion, by income and by politics. Mr. Winchester needs to rewrite his book and base it on reality and not on the exploits of General Georg Custer.

May 07, 2014
  • elle_em rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is a bizarrely crafted look at Ayn Randian individuals who impacted the US, told from a technological stand point. The tone is conversational to the point of being disruptive. Check amazon reviews for better reading recommendations.

Feb 11, 2014
  • Bill_R rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A celebration of the difference many individual Americans made in the history of the country and in many cases the world. Some names are familiar but delightful to learn some new ones, private and public, pioneers in their day. He tells their stories in a creative framework of wood, earth, water, fire, air and metal -- from Lewis and Clark to the web. Winchester does get a little carried away sometimes with his rapture over the New Deal, etc but it did not detract from my enjoying the book.

Dec 08, 2013
  • 23305013033655 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is anything but an objective history book. The author has compiled a list of theories to suit his left wing progressive agenda. What a pile of crapola.

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