For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum—“Out of many, one”—has been featured on America’s
official government seals and stamped on its currency. But what unified a
growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today?
Simon Winchester follows the footsteps of America’s most
crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark, to the
builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil
engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway.
Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from
Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, and Truckee to Laramie, using the
five classical elements—wood, earth, water, fire, and metal—to chart the
contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities
within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in
The Men Who United the
States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and
open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led
by one of the most gifted writers. Download and start listening now!