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The Men Who United The States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics And Mavericks, And The Creation Of One Nation, Indivisible (2013)

by Simon Winchester(Favorite Author)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 1
0062079603 (ISBN13: 9780062079602)
review 1: By and large Winchester has rolled out another well written historic narrative, this time focused on the creation of the American union. And by this we really mean the physical union of the contiguous continental states. The organization is cute ("by earth", "by air", "by fire, etc.) but struck me as contrived and somewhat unhelpful, and I can't escape the idea that Winchester didn't flesh out his idea well enough. Honestly, is the American union more about, say, the telegraph than the Constitution?
review 2: I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The tidbits of American history, which I normally avoid, were actually quite interesting. Learning the stories of the inventors of roads, canals, electricity, phones; it was all really interesti
... moreng. I don't know if I agree with his views, or his interpretations, but his storytelling was great. Especially the summaries of Lewis and Clark and the guy who explored the Grand Canyon. ;) If you want to learn American History trivia, then you will like this book. less
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Love it. liked the author as narrator. I learned a lot in an interesting way.
the book has some interesting stories, but the narrative is disjointed.
pretty interesting. not one of his best
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