America: A Concise History
"America: A Concise History" has become the best-selling brief book for the U.S. History survey because of the uncommon value it offers instructors and students alike. The authors' own abridgement preserves the analytical power of the parent text, "America's History," while offering all the flexibility of a brief book. The latest scholarship, hallmark global perspective, a...more
Paperback, 3rd edition, 1152 pages
Published February 4th 2005 by Bedford Books
(first published July 25th 2001)
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I used this as my textbook for HST202 (History of the United States from the end of Reconstruction (1877), to the present) and I thought it explained everything amazingly well. Chapters are spaced out and it isn't too long or short (30 pages each.) I just wanted to say that the authors organized the information in a clear and simple way. I even recommended it to a fellow classmate who was working on some history lesson plans and thanked me for the recommendation.
It's a textbook and honestly, the depth/detail and this book goes into combined with the numerous centuries it covers makes this volume a bit staggering. The story of America is apparently not for the faint of heart. Reading this book is arduous. Saying that, as a result of the many editions this book has been through it's chapters are very refined. The scholarship is top. Highly recommend. This is a dark tale, tread lightly.
I have found my solid reference work on American History. I have always considered myself a history buff, but this book gave me a much more complete understanding of the subject. This book is a keeper. I will read it again and use it in my reference library.
Dr. James A. Henretta was the Priscilla Alden Burke Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and later Professor Emeritus of American History. He earned his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1968.More about James A. Henretta...