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Author: Andro Linklater Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781428197879
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With the same mix of compelling narrative history and captivating historical argument that made his previous book, Measuring America, such a success, Andro Linklater relates in fascinating detail how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has have ever since been central to the American experiment.

Linklater opens with America’s greatest surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, measuring the contentious boundary between Pennsylvania and Virginia in the summer of 1784; and he ends standing at the yellow line dividing the United States and Mexico at Tijuana. In between, he chronicles the evolving shape of the nation, physically and psychologically. As Americans pushed westward in the course of the nineteenth century, the borders and boundaries established by surveyors like Ellicott created property, uniting people in a desire for the government and laws that would protect it. Challenging Frederick Jackson Turner’s famed frontier thesis, Linklater argues that we are, thus, defined not by open spaces but by boundaries. “What Americanized the immigrants was not the frontier experience,” Linklater writes, “but the fact that it took place inside the United States frontier.” Those same borders had the ability to divide as well as unite, as the great battle over internal boundaries during the Civil War would show. By century’s end, however, we were spreading US power beyond our borders, an act that, seen through Linklater’s eyes, offers an intriguing perspective on our role in the world today.

Linklater’s great achievement is to weave these provocative arguments into a dramatic storyline, wherein the actions of Ellicott, Thomas Jefferson, the treasonous general James Wilkinson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, and numerous hitherto invisible settlers, all illuminate the shaping of the nation. This brilliant book will alter forever readers’ perception of America and what it means to be an American.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 6/10/2013

    " Interesting book on the rather obscure topic discussing how many of the borders of the states were marked and the significance of them. How did Pennsylvania get its nice southwest corner square? What about Missouri (think Missouri compromise!). Find out here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/12/2012

    " Good book, but more detail than I care to learn about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/20/2012

    " I have to say that I wouldn't have read this with my eyeballs, but listening to it was remarkably interesting. Not what I expected at all, but a completely different point of view of the expansion of America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 10/10/2011

    " Made it more than half-way , but couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/27/2011

    " A fascinating look at a (to me) little-known Revolutionary War hero who spent most of his adult life as a spy for the Spanish Empire! Meticulously researched (almost too much so), it at various times had me rooting for others to expose/capture him and rooting for him to avoid prosecution. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 5/15/2010

    " Heard about it on NPR, but gave up on it after about 100 pages. It's very dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 10/26/2009

    " An amazing treat, a veiw into the hearts & minds of America's history. I had no idea what was waiting for me when I first opened this great work of art... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean | 10/22/2009

    " great book, kept my interest through-out. well writtin "

About the Author

Andro Linklater was born in Scotland and educated at Oxford University where he studied history. For several years he lived in the United States, working variously in politics and the arts, but returned to Britain to teach in Scotland and London. For the past twenty years he has been a full-time writer and journalist. Assignments have taken him to many parts of the world including Patagonia, the South Pacific, and the Arctic Circle. He has written frequently on science and technology, notably a major report on Chernobyl for Telegraph Magazine and an early investigation of genetic engineering for Reader’s Digest.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions and won him two AudioFile Earphones Awards. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.