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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.
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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.
Authors: Winchester, Simon
Title: The men who united the States
America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: xxv, 463 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Contents: The pure physics of union
pt. I. When America's story was dominated by wood, 1785-1805 : A view across the ridge ; Drawing a line in the sand ; Peering through the trees ; The frontier and the thesis ; The wood was become grass ; Encounters with the Sioux ; First lady of the plains ; High plains rafters ; Passing the gateway ; Shoreline passage
pt. II. When America's story went beneath the Earth, 1809-1901 : The lasting benefit of harmony ; The science that changed America ; Drawing the colors of rocks ; The wellspring of knowledge ; The tapestry of underneath ; Setting the lures ; Off to see the elephant ; The west, revealed ; The singular first adventure of Kapurats ; The men who gave us Yellowstone ; Diamonds, sex, and race
pt. III. When the American story traveled by water, 1803-1900 : Journeys to the fall line ; The streams beyond the hills ; The pivot and the feather ; The first big dig ; The wedded waters of New York ; The linkman cometh ; That ol' man river
pt. IV. When the American story was fanned by fire, 1811-1956 : May the roads rise up ; Rain, steam, and speed ; The annihilation of the in-between ; The immortal legacy of Crazy Judah ; Colonel Eisenhower's epiphanic expedition ; The colossus of roads ; And then we looked up ; The twelve-week crossing
pt. V. When the American story was told through metal, 1835-tomorrow : To go, but not to move ; The man who tamed the lightning ; The signal power of human speech ; With power for one and all ; Lighting the corn, powering the prairie ; The talk of the nation ; Making money from air ; Television: the irresistible force ; The all of some knowledge.
Summary: 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.
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ISBN: 9780062079602
Statement of Responsibility: Simon Winchester
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-449) and index.
Subject Headings: Eccentrics and eccentricities United States. Inventions United States. Inventors United States. Explorers United States. United States History.
Topical Term: Eccentrics and eccentricities
Inventions
Inventors
Explorers
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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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