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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:
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Offering an abbreviated, accessible, and lively narrative history of the United States, this erudite volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions.

Robert V. Remini explores the arrival and migration of Native Americans; the discovery of the New World by Europeans and the establishment of colonies; the causes of the American Revolution; the founding of a republic under the Constitution; the struggle over slavery, which led to the Civil War; Reconstruction and the rise of big business; the emergence of the United States as a world power; the descent into the Great Depression; the global conflicts of the twentieth century; and the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad.

In addition, Remini explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.

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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.”  


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Helen Damnation | 11/24/2013

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

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