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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert V. Remini Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780061710148
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In A Short History of the United States, National Book Award winner Robert V. Remini offers a much-needed, concise history of our country. This accessible and lively volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions, including the arrival and migration of Native Americans, the founding of a republic under the Constitution, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad, the Obama presidency, and everything in between. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of our great historians has now given us yet another great work[It] may be brief, but it is wise, eloquent and authoritative. Readers in search of a sprightly tour of the nation’s lives and times need look no farther than Remini’s latest achievement.” 

    Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

  • “It is a perfect history for our times.” 

    Robert Dallek, author of Nixon and Kissinger

  • “Wyman’s narration is lively, and he delivers a lot of information as clearly as possible.”  

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darith (Dan) | 1/19/2014

    " Because I had to read this over the summer for AP US History, I wasn't happy. It did a good job of boring me. No offense to the author, but I just can't read a whole book about history in the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/2/2014

    " A fantastic 350 pg history of our great country. Truly an amazing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Bohórquez | 12/4/2013

    " I enjoyed it. It didn't bore me at any point, and as a latinamerican it gave a new perspective about gringos but also about us (latinos). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Damnation | 11/24/2013

    " A good starting place for those who don't know much about US history beyond the obvious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brady Postma | 11/2/2013

    " A good overview and narrative history of the United States, but (as is probably inevitable to it's nature) it left me wanting on almost every topic. Perhaps an interesting place to start studying US history, but not likely to fulfill the desire to comprehend the narrative of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miles Phillips | 1/10/2013

    " Very interest. It helped put into perspective the various history books that I have read recently. I thought that Mr. Remini perspective had a liberal bent on recent presidents but overall was a very educational book and a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 10/11/2012

    " Acceptable at providing an overview of events - which was it's goal. It will leave you wanting for more if you hoped for anything in-depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Crawford | 7/2/2012

    " I loved this book!! Very interesting! It does not bore you with needless statistics. It gives a great overview of the history of the US and in pretty much chronological order that really made it easy to follow!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 4/17/2012

    " A good general overview of US history. It's like two US History classes in one book. My only complaint is that some terms, persons, and events were not given enough detail or enough explanation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajesh Kurup | 2/28/2012

    " Lives up to the title. A good, concise review of US history. For the most part, tells it like it is without a lot of revisionist history thrown in. Makes for a pretty good reference book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darell | 12/18/2011

    " A Quick Read, But Where Are the Short People Or Kids? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Gotch | 6/14/2011

    " Listened to the abridged audio book version. It covers a lot in a very short edition so obviously not the most detailed, yet, surprisingly thorough nonetheless. Want to freshen up on your American history (at least, the classic textbook history) then this is a good read (or listen.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ADD | 5/31/2011

    " Easy to read narrative that covers all the high points (and low points) in US History. Time flies while reading this...literally and figuratively. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis | 4/14/2011

    " I picked this up to read over the summer before I taught AP U.S. History again the fall. This book is too heavy on political history and too light on social history. However, this would be a good title for someone who can't point out the United States on a map. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aflaminghalo | 2/25/2011

    " A good starting place for those who don't know much about US history beyond the obvious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 1/12/2011

    " A good general overview of US history. It's like two US History classes in one book. My only complaint is that some terms, persons, and events were not given enough detail or enough explanation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miles | 3/7/2010

    " Very interest. It helped put into perspective the various history books that I have read recently. I thought that Mr. Remini perspective had a liberal bent on recent presidents but overall was a very educational book and a pleasure to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajesh | 11/22/2009

    " Lives up to the title. A good, concise review of US history. For the most part, tells it like it is without a lot of revisionist history thrown in. Makes for a pretty good reference book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darell | 3/19/2009

    " A Quick Read, But Where Are the Short People Or Kids? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/29/2009

    " A fantastic 350 pg history of our great country. Truly an amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 12/19/2008

    " Listened to the abridged audio book version. It covers a lot in a very short edition so obviously not the most detailed, yet, surprisingly thorough nonetheless. Want to freshen up on your American history (at least, the classic textbook history) then this is a good read (or listen.) "

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About the Author

Robert V. Remini, historian of the US House of Representatives, has been teaching and writing about American history for more than half a century. He has written more than twenty books, including the definitive three-volume biography The Life of Andrew Jackson, which won the National Book Award (1984). His other books include biographies of Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Joseph Smith. His Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars won the Spur Award for best western nonfiction from the Western Writers of America. He lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.