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The Unfinished Nation, Volume 1, with Powerweb

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This trade-like survey text is known for Alan Brinkley's clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and reliability, all at a low price. It offers a careful examination of American political and diplomatic history, while also exploring the other areas of the American past that are of interest to scholars and students alike. The balanced picture that emerges connects th ...more
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Published June 3rd 2003 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua (first published December 28th 1992)
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Reuben A
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all. Great for brushing up on basic American History. Brinkley packs in many, but arguably not all, significant developments in a very short amount of time with plenty of suggested readings in the appendices if one should desire any deeper analysis.

While virtually impossible to tease out all bias from historical perspective, Brinkley does a very careful job of providing a balanced account of events, not transparently as he sees them, but as is contemporary consensus.

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David
Jul 16, 2013 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
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Cara
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Becca-Rawr
The average in history textbooks.
Kristine Rier
Dec 01, 2013 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.
Chris
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.)
Cynthia Martin
Sep 25, 2012 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.
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