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America: A Narrative History

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This survey covers America's history from pre-Columbian civilizations to the Civil War Reconstruction. Includes major events & figures; the social effects of major conflicts; immigration statistics; more. Brief third edition. Appendices. B&W illus.
Paperback, Brief Fourth Edition, 2 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1984)
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Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
First off, let me clear something up: I AM A HISTORY BUFF. I ADORE HISTORY. I have been known to read history textbooks FOR FUN. So when I say I hated this... it's not just cuz it's a) history or b) a textbook.

It's because it was a HORRIBLY written, unclear, confusing, History Textbook, riddled with historical mistakes and oversights. This is basic history. My time period. It goes up to Lincoln's assassination. I have been studying the 1700's-1900's my entire life. That's my favorite time perio
Mike Hankins
Sep 22, 2012 Mike Hankins rated it liked it
This is a fairly basic undergrad textbook on American History. I focused on volume 1, so I'm not sure about the second half. But it was not great but not bad. It gives a solid overview of major events in a very easy-to-read narrative fashion. It's perfect for someone who wants to quickly gloss through major events of American history. the problem with this, of course, is that it doesn't (and can't) devote time to really exploring certain things or discussing alternate views historians may have. ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Ally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the eighth edition of America: A Narrative History.

Do you know what I really don't like about history books? They are so long yet they still count as one book. And this one is required reading for my AP US History class. Let me say this first: Oh, my gosh. It is so boring in the beginning. I just can't even open my eyes to let those words in. I just can't, but I do promise you that it does get better... and worse.

Where should I even start? Quotes, Quotes.

Quotes are great, but they don
Sylvia McIvers
This book covers American history from the aftermath of the Civil War until the 2000 presidential elections, which is about as close to ‘the present time’ as a history book can reach. (Volume 2 does not start with page 1, but picks up where Vol. 1 left off.)

I did not go forth and choose to read this book, as I did with other history overviews and biographies. Instead, I found it on the desk in the tutoring room, where someone else must have used it and abandoned it. I had no intention of reading
As someone who likes history but hates studying it, this textbook was a gem. It is very brief and to the point, but it's the little things that really make this textbook shine.

The first great bit that I loved was the free website that they offer with the book. Most other companies charge for this, so this was like having a little extra help for free. The next part that I liked was that there were plenty of little questions peppered throughout the book (usually under one of the many pictures) th
Bill Polson
May 15, 2015 Bill Polson rated it really liked it
I started reading this book along with 3 others when I was selecting a textbook for my AP classes and as I disliked one it was dropped from the rotation. I'd read one chapter from one book and the next from another. When I finished the process I ended with this one, a great text for US History.
Nostalgia Reader
Nope, nope, nope. I probably should give it another chance, now that I'm years past my APUSH class. But I doubt I will. It definitely didn't help my understanding of anything that was "taught" in the class. The narrative is broad--it tries to focus, but doesn't really succeed--and is biased as HELL.

If you want to learn American history with the idea that "white men have done absolutely NOTHING wrong in the history of our country, no, srsly, absolutely nothing," then this is great. But I don't th
Jeffrey Warner
Jun 07, 2013 Jeffrey Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I use this as my AP US History textbook. It is highly readable and does a fairly good job overall of laying a foundation for primary source engagement, more detailed supplementary material and further in-depth instruction. It is the only textbook I've read cover to cover and not felt it to be consistently more of a chore than a pleasure. The timelines at the beginning of chapters are great overview tools but as a teaching text there aren't any "review sets" and terms to just simply assign. Solid ...more
Mar 01, 2008 Emtee rated it really liked it
A complete history of America, from the earliest migrations to the continent, through the Vikings, and everything from the 1400's through the Clinton presidency. Well written and flowing, it reads like a good novel full of history rather than a list of dates, names, and places.

Additionally, at the end of every chapter, there's a Further Reading section with references to books that cover subjects of that chapter in further detail.
Jun 10, 2012 Rich rated it it was amazing
A thorough and comprehensive overview of American History from Pre-Colonial through the last presidential election. The free online tests and gradebook were also helpful in using this as a homeschool text. Unlike many texts, it didn't ignore our spiritual heritage and wasn't as liberal in its bias as most. In fact, the authors seemed to be equally cynical about the left and the right!
Nov 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
My husband had to read this book for his history classes. I read it for my own edification. It just seemed biased and abbreivated from other history books I've read. It was interesting to read a history book for no educational purpose. It was a good introduction to dig deeper into other topics for other points of view.
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 26, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
This is volume two of a revisionist history of America. He attempts political correctness over actual facts. While forced to use this as a text for a college history class I found many glaring errors and twisting of facts. However, some of the history portrayed is factual.
May 17, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
It's a textbook so it's definitely not something you pick up for fun. However, I liked the format and it wasn't completely dull. It gives a good overview of American history so if you are looking for something like that, then this is the book for you.
Jan 07, 2010 Jessica is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing source for learning about our counrty's history. Although it is indeed dificult to memorize all i need to know from this book for my AP exams, it is a thrill to read this informational work of literature
May 25, 2009 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book on the history of the United States is an indepth look at the very start to just after the civil war. Enjoyed the authors ability to bring you into the history.
It was OK for a textbook and easy to read, but he skimmed over a lot, and he had an awkward way of integrating unrelated or unimportant quotes into the text.
Nov 03, 2007 Yana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different take on American history; truly a narrative history of America. I'm enjoying this book! Too bad I only own volume 1 :)
Still has many of the tired historical 'myths' such as the Confederates looking for shoes at Gettybsburg.
Nov 21, 2014 sologdin rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
weirdly, I had this assigned in both high school history and university political science. gah.
Jun 24, 2013 Terrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful capture of our country. Loved studying in the class particularly due to this book!
Mike Anderson
Jan 07, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-american
Volume 1. Thorough telling of American history through reconstruction.
Aug 28, 2012 Anette is currently reading it
Among textbooks, its a gem. But fun reading it is not.
Wisteria Leigh
Jul 23, 2008 Wisteria Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American history,narrative,UNH,
Dec 13, 2010 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
good reference, boring, lacks sources
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George Brown Tindall was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1958 until his retirement in 1990. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Furman University in 1942 and, after service in the Army Air Force in World War II, earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina.
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