The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States

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

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Simon Winchester follows the pioneering Americans who, throughout its history, have toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizens and geography of the U.S.A.
Publisher: [United States] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, 2013.
Copyright Date: p2013
ISBN: 9780062282811
Characteristics: 12 compact discs (14 hr.) :,digital, stereo ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, 1.4 m. per second, stereo, Digital recording
audio file, CD audio, rda


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Mar 14, 2017

A very good book that was excellently read by the author. It gives a quick history of the people and technologies (canals, roads, telegraphs, railways, telephones, radios, highways, and television) that have connected the peoples of the USA. This point of view gives an interesting angle from which to comprehend the historical development of the USA, and complements well Schama's book on the USA, "American Futures" (at least among popular histories).

JCLAmyF Nov 07, 2016

This covered a lot of fascinating historical ground - from the artists who traveled with the mapmakers and tried to map and paint our brand new country, to the advent of communication devices like the telephone, and later, the internet. The narrator had a pleasant voice and I found it to be one of those books that's great to listen to, while also being okay to space out on periodically.

May 19, 2016

Very interesting and well-written book about the way the united states was united through pioneers and explorers.

ECPat Jan 25, 2016

Could have been a little better edited, but it was otherwise fascinating.

Jul 07, 2015

Greatly enjoyed historical trivia, but did not enjoy the author's voice. At times I found it difficult to continue due to his reading.

Feb 27, 2014

The author, who is an expat Brit, has an fascinating take on American history. This is a series of stories grouped in 5 themes about events, expeditions, and technological innovations that have played a part in developing, extending, and strengthening the fabric of this country. This is not a linear recitation of politicians and generals in a normal history. For example, only a few presidents and some wars are mentioned but only in passing. The author writes very well with some humor (e.g. he quotes Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories with the "great grey greasy Limpopo river" twice). He visits some of the touch points and provides a bit of a modern travelogue of those areas. The basic writing style is reminiscent of Jonathan Raban's Bad Land, which is also a very good read.

Feb 04, 2014

Simon Winchester, here narrating his own Pan-American paean, comes across as the British version of Dos Equis' World's Most Interesting Man. Fair play to him, he is both incredibly well-traveled and erudite, but I find some of his anecdotes get in the way of the history he's trying to convey rather than enhancing it. I found the epilogue particularly pointless, for example. Good listening on the whole, though.

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