American Nations: A History Of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures Of North America
ISBN: 0670022969
EAN13: 9780670022960
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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- A New Republic Best Book of the Year - The Globalist Top Books of the Year - Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction -

Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven nations that continue to shape North America

According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of this year's Trump versus Clinton presidential election.

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   Excellent, little known information
An excellent well-researched book that explains many of the issues that are bubbling up today in the U.S. The little digs and snide descriptions of some groups became distracting from the excellent book.
   I learned more in the first 50 pages than in 16 years of school
I have never read a book that was so good. I learned more in the first 60 pages than I did in 16 years of education in civics and U.S. history, he said. The book is well written, concise, easy to follow and builds the case for inclusion in the O'Neill's class. Amazing, Mr. Goin said. Even though I'm talking about this book to everyone that I can at great length and volume, I'm not saying whether they are interested or not.
   Great new focus on US history
This was far and away the most intriguing and unusual history book I've ever read. I learned a great deal and found myself nodding and thinking, Oh, yeah! I do have to add that I was disappointed by the author's black-and-white conclusions, Raymond said. As time passed and issues came up, perhaps a personal bias crept in toward the end.
   very biased, massive liberal slant
The book is awash in liberal, leftist, political correctness.
   Fascinating Book
By far the most enjoyable book I have read this year. However, I felt the author's premise was well founded and documented through the reconstruction period. Then it seemed to fall apart, especially at the end, when he seemed to lose track of his arguments and imposed some unique personal biases as well. That said, I think it's worth reading and discussing -- I certainly came away with an entirely new perspective on America's widely varied political aspirations that seem to be tearing the country apart at the seams.
   More Questionable the Closer You Get to Modern Times
I found a lot of interesting information about the country's history, but the further you get toward modernity, the less valid the information and conclusions seem to be. There are significant distortions and inaccuracies in the last two or three chapters, including the epilogue. I think the 'nations' as shown by the figures began to break down some time after the Civil War, and especially in the 20th century, as mobility from one area to another increased. The conclusions drawn by the ancient scholars about time and space fall apart. I have lived in California, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Maine, Virginia, and New Jersey. I did not see an aristocracy in the south, nor anyone trying to create a new aristocracy, Mr. Rule told the inquiry. The last chapter was hard to read due to the author's complete misunderstanding of the present state of things, whether willful or due to carelessness.
   The mind-shifting I got from this book is the only thing that keeps me sane when I read the news.
As I struggled to fathom what has happened to the U.S. in the past year, this book came along and has begun to inform my thinking about how our current governmental scenario has developed, said Dr. Aronov. But he added: "They've come from theirs." The city had no response Tuesday, and the lawyer for Frey said the company had no plans to appeal.
   Required Reading for Every US Citizen
This book should be required reading by all Americans. The book, "American Masters," was also a great reference for high school history. The book goes well beyond the pilgrim and Thanksgiving myths that create a unified and hugely simplified view of our nation's founding. The book details the different groups of people who came to America for different reasons and spoke of their varying attitudes and values. I read dozens of new books each year. It was widely considered one of the best lines in the book. It was an absolutely fascinating read, said Dr. Goin.
   Warning against buying the audio version
Just a word of warning about the Audible edition there are far too many inaccuracies in the recorded version, which should have been corrected by re-recording, the book's publisher said. Some are omitted, while others are added occasionally. A mispronunciation is one of the many mistakes made by English language teachers trying to correct the spelling of some of their students' names. After listening to about six chapters, I decided to buy the Kindle version so that I could fully understand what the author had actually written. The quality of the audio is also unacceptable. I join those reviewers who praise the first 23 of this book, but I urge others to purchase a text version.