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History of the American People

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Should be required reading

    An excellent history of the development of this nation supported with many quotations and documented sources. The reader's interest is held by the almost novel-like writing style. It is, in deed, history as literature. It is more than a chronology of famous personages and memorable events. It includes the place of music, art, literature, education, architecture, religion, migration, immigration, regional development, and more, in the evolution of the country. For those who think of history as nothing more than a tired list of dates and names, this refreshingly paints a picture of a people, culture and values. After reading cover-to-cover, keep it handy as a credible and trustworthy reference.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

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    I read this book for a history course in college. Although Johnson shows his preference for conservative politics, he still presents an accurate accound of American History. It is interesting to see the view of Johnson as he is from England, and got a different portiat painted in England. He seems to have fallen in love with America and the American way of life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    This is the One You Want

    I have been a student of History for over 50 years and believe that I have a good grip on American History. Paul Johnson's History of the American People is the best I have ever read. He assiduously avoided the mythological aspects of every subject, staying with the facts and objective analysis.

    His writing style is lucid, straightforward, and very easy to read. I can't remember a single time when I had to go back and reread a sentence. That's out of almost a thousand pages.

    I will give you every negative thing I found (2 of them). He very occasionally covers a subject in less depth than usual. With the history of the American People as his task, that is unavoidable. It takes nothing from the book as a whole.

    He allowed himself to include some of the popular negative aspects of the story of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Most of the important facts are there, but some of the "myths" are there also - unique in this book.

    That's it. The rest is all excellent. If you want to do more than just read about American History, and want to learn about how it all comes together, this is the book for you. A+ easily.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2000

    About Time the Story was Done Right!

    Finally, A one volume history of America that sets the politically correct on their heads...The perfect counter balance to the works of Howard Zinn! Bravo

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Best treatise on American History

    You will find no political correctness, apologetics or pulled punches. Just a hard look at our history from the viewpont of an outsider Englishman trying to answer the question, "Did they really succeed at building thier City on a Hill?" And if so, how did they really get there. Must read for all Americans, they won't teach you this stuff in school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    A Must Read on American History

    History is my passion and Paul Johnson has captured a tremedous amount of history into a very readable book. It sould be a required book for every high school student.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    great read

    I have truly enjoyed reading this book. It is well written as well as being informative.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Best one volume us history I've read

    great us history. Johnson is at his best in this book. Understands the importance of people in history. Should be a required text.

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