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Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780062080257
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • The Men Who United the States is a lively and surprising account of how this sprawling piece of geography became a nation. This is America from the ground up. Inspiring and engaging.”

    Tom Brokaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Greatest Generation

  • “A rousing tribute to the alliances, agencies, and inventions—from Lewis and Clark to the Internet—that underpin our more perfect union. A stunning, highly original feast of a book.”

    Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author

  • “Vivid, valuable…An extraordinary, propulsive tale.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The subtitle promises readers a sack full of exciting tales—and the author delivers. This is a clever, engaging, and original look at what would seem well-trodden historical paths; but Winchester, delightfully, breaks a fresh trail.”


  • “When people are smitten, they are blind to flaws in their beloved. Winchester is no exception, and this book is less a history than a love letter…Winchester is sufficiently entertaining that it’s easy to forget the holes in his argument and enjoy the ride. His tour mixes popular history with a contemporary travelogue..[and] many eclectic stories…Wnchester’s eye for detail makes these vignettes a pleasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An elegantly written account...filled with fascinating information.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An impeccably researched, erudite, well-told tale, peppered with occasional grace notes.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Informative and absorbing.”


  • “Winchester has found a thematic way to tell this familiar story so it seems fresh and informative, even fascinating.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “He…freshens US history by refusing to tell it through the usual suspects.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Mesmerizing and fascinating… Mr. Winchester is a master storyteller, and all the individuals, places, and events that he passionately writes about come to life in exquisite detail.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “A most genial storyteller.”

    Las Vegas Weekly

  • “This is a finely crafted and valuable reminder that the evolution of our united nation was a process often accelerated by unlikely, sometimes eccentric men who operated outside the political sphere.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Winchester provides surprising insights into our social history, further enriching his narrative with accounts of his personal odysseys around the country. The results are highly recommended for public and school libraries and all readers looking for new and stimulating perspectives on the history of America.”

    Library Journal

  • “What makes this book so enjoyable is that he ties the development of these advances to some brilliant but idiosyncratic personalities.”


  • “At first, Simon Winchester’s British accent might seem an odd fit with this audiobook. It is, after all, a slice of Americana, recounting the stories of the men (yes, they’re all men) who turned the pluribus into the unum with their treks, travails, and technologies. It takes listeners from Lewis and Clark’s exploration to the building of the railways and the interstate highways, and from the telegraph to the Internet. But it’s quickly evident that Winchester—who was born and raised in England but became an American citizen in 2011 at age sixty-six—is actually the ideal narrator. The audiobook is sprinkled with stories from his own life, and his reading sounds genuine and heartfelt, maintaining a pace that’s brisk without sounding hurried.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2013 Indie Next List
  • A History Book Club Pick Main Selection

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About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa—all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen.