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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Walker Howe Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

He examines the rise of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic party but contends that John Quincy Adams and other advocates of public education, economic integration, and the rights of blacks, women, and Indians were the true prophets of America's future.

Howe's panoramic narrative - weaving together social, economic, and cultural history with political and military events - culminates in the controversial but brilliantly executed war against Mexico that gained California and Texas for America.

Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. What Hath God Wrought is number V in The Oxford History of the United States.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book! Daniel Walker Howe is a superb writer and an even better historian. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about reading this book as I thought that there wasn't much there to keep my interest. I was surely mistaken once I started reading. DWH does an excellent job of giving the reader a view of what life was like for the typical American during this time period, and doing it in an interesting way that keeps your attention and doesn't just sound like facts being rattled off to the reader. He goes into great detail about social, political, economic and religious aspects of early 19th century life, which helps put you in the mindset of someone from that time. This book will not tell you EVERYTHING there is to know about all characters involved (John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Van Buren...so on) but it will give you a very detailed highlight of their effect on our country as a result of their political careers. The only parts I found a bit stale were some of the chapters that seemed to list every type of Utopian society or religious sect that was sprouting at the time. To me that part was a bit taxing for me to get through. Still that doesn't have an effect on what I think of this book and I firmly declare this book worthy of five stars and the Pulitzer Prize that it received! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " God, I hate Andrew Jackson so much. John Quincy Adams was cooler than expected, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Stephenson | 1/14/2014

    " This excellent volume taught me much and left me wishing that John Quincy Adams or some American of like stature might replace Andrew Jackson on our $20 dollar bills. Surely Old Hickory's crimes against the Cherokees, Creeks and other tribes along with his fierce advocacy of slavery and many other unstatesmanlike behaviors richly deserve such an eviction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/23/2013

    " I needed to brush up on this period in history and this is a really nice read for that. Howe writes clearly and succinctly and provides varied perspectives for key issues/incidents during the period. Not a whole lot new if this is your era of study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda Carbaugh | 12/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed learning more about the development of the temperance movement, railroad, and telegraph. Overall it was a very challenging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 11/18/2013

    " It defies your inclination to skim a page or two. It's irresistible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimitri | 10/17/2013

    " Reflects a lifetime of reading/study - just a comprehensive treatment of the time frame and written with a definite point of view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 8/31/2013

    " school textbook- very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 8/18/2013

    " I don't know why I'm reading this. It makes me feel like I'm back in high school history class. And I don't think that's a good feeling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Albers | 7/29/2013

    " fascinating account of the truly formative years of America. not a pretty picture though and certainly not the image of history i was taught growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/24/2013

    " Outstanding survey. I can see why it won the Bancroft. Could beef up his treatment of religion, but you can't have everything in a survey. See helpful interview of Howe in *Historically Speaking*. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Whalen | 10/5/2012

    " This book is an absolute masterpiece, and has gone straight into my top 10 books to recommend to people who are seriously interested in understanding how and why American history has unfolded as it has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis O | 8/3/2012

    " A terrific overall look at America during this time. If you think Andrew Jackson was the greatest president evah, though, this may not be the book for you, unless you are willing to see him in his entirety. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 8/15/2011

    " Good but SO HUGE. Who has time to read the entirety of these books?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/9/2011

    " This book is an absolute masterpiece, and has gone straight into my top 10 books to recommend to people who are seriously interested in understanding how and why American history has unfolded as it has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Declan | 4/12/2011

    " Just not as compelling as the other books in the Oxford US history series. This book is about the social and technological transformation of the US, but I found it plodding and catalog-y. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 3/28/2011

    " Better than Wilentz's mammoth history of the same period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince | 3/15/2011

    " Ponderous to say the least, still the author manages to cover the years 1815-1848 in detail without becoming boring or confusing. He manages to cover key events and inter relate them. His work on Clay's last doomed campaigns and the falling apart of the Whig party is especially insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 12/25/2010

    " Fantastic. The Oxford History of the US series at its best. This was a period of US history I knew very little about, so it was an informative and interesting read...all 850 pages of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 11/30/2010

    " Fascinating and expertly written, but a bit overlong for a casual reader of history like myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/13/2010

    " A terrific overall look at America during this time. If you think Andrew Jackson was the greatest president evah, though, this may not be the book for you, unless you are willing to see him in his entirety. "

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