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The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People Volume I: To 1877

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Known for its clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and affordability, Alan Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, it tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have en ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 15th 2006 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published December 28th 1992)
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Jul 16, 2013 David rated it liked it
Like all historians, Brinkley makes decisions about which events to present and how to present them and thus communicates his perspective. The word "Concise" in the title indicates the exigency of his choices—he means to present a bottom-line account of US history suitable to high school students, though not, perhaps, AP US History students.

Brinkley also means to create a history focused on significance, but his analysis is sometimes curious. He gives short shrift to some complicated development
Mar 16, 2013 Cara rated it liked it
I read this book for a college history class that I was taking.
The book was very insightful, but I thought it could have held more detail in some more pertinent ares, and left out some of the less insignificant details.
Sarah Smith
If I had to read this whole entire book for my online class, then I am getting credit for it on Goodreads.
The average in history textbooks.
Kristine Rier
Dec 01, 2013 Kristine Rier rated it really liked it
Easy to read and includes the essential information. Read this as a supplement to a much larger APUSH text and found this book gave a very good overview.
Pretty standard history book. But it was interesting and kept me reading. (I had to read it for a class, but I would look over it again.)
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Not a history buff at all, but it's necessary for my US History class. I find it to be easy to read & comprehend. Reads more like a novel than a text.
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