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

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The author follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators to offer a new perspective on how the most powerful nation on Earth came together.

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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.

Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.



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& Taylor

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.
Following in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, the New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic delivers his first book about America that offers a new perspective on how the most powerful nation on earth came together.150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062079602
0062079603
Branch Call Number: 973 W721m
Characteristics: xxv, 463 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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HROPERTZ
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.

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elle_em
May 07, 2014

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.

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Bill_R
Feb 11, 2014

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.

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dannnn
Dec 08, 2013

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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