The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Book - 2013
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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 how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men, some famous, some forgotten, left their mark on America's natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work.

Winchester follows the footsteps of America's most crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys of the West 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, 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 1776.

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 our most gifted writers.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
ISBN: 9780062079602
0062079603
Branch Call Number: 973 WIN
Characteristics: xxv, 463 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm

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HROPERTZ
Mar 15, 2015

This is a disappointing book. It reads more like a tourist guide than an interpretative analysis of American history. It is a romantic, idealistic and mythological overview of how America developed into a "United county". Mr. Winchester writes that the men, there were no women who United this country were explorers and inventors. The question is did these men actually create one nation, indivisible? Contrary to Mr. Tom Brokaw, the author did disappoint. America was forged primarily through war. Battles against Natives, Mexicans, spaniards and even against themselves. The US civil war took thousands of lives and did little to foster unity. Today America is a dysfunctional country. It is divided by race, by religion, by income and by politics. Mr. Winchester needs to rewrite his book and base it on reality and not on the exploits of General Georg Custer.

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elle_em
May 07, 2014

This is a bizarrely crafted look at Ayn Randian individuals who impacted the US, told from a technological stand point. The tone is conversational to the point of being disruptive. Check amazon reviews for better reading recommendations.

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Bill_R
Feb 11, 2014

A celebration of the difference many individual Americans made in the history of the country and in many cases the world. Some names are familiar but delightful to learn some new ones, private and public, pioneers in their day. He tells their stories in a creative framework of wood, earth, water, fire, air and metal -- from Lewis and Clark to the web. Winchester does get a little carried away sometimes with his rapture over the New Deal, etc but it did not detract from my enjoying the book.

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dannnn
Dec 08, 2013

This is anything but an objective history book. The author has compiled a list of theories to suit his left wing progressive agenda. What a pile of crapola.

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