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The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People: Volume 1: To 1877

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Known for its clear narrative voice and impeccable scholarship, Alan Brinkley's best-selling survey text invites students to think critically about the many forces that continually create the Unfinished Nation that is the United States. In a concise but wide-ranging narrative, Brinkley shows the diversity and complexity of the nation and our understanding of its history--o ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published December 28th 1992)
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Jul 24, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Smith
If I had to read this whole entire book for my online class, then I am getting credit for it on Goodreads.
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.
Cynthia Martin
Dec 09, 2012 Cynthia Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristine Rier
Dec 24, 2013 Kristine Rier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 23, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
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.)
Pretty good. reads just like a regular book.
Nov 19, 2011 Nichole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Pretty good for a history textbook.
The average in history textbooks.
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