1001 Events That Made America

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"A highly readable chronology…one of those rare books that readers will enjoy having close at hand." —Tulsa World

For some, patriotism means flags and parades, for others it's "my country right or wrong." But it's much more than that, and, as Alan Alexrod observes in this revealing review of our history, true patriotism is built on a bedrock of understanding—of who we are as individuals and as a nation, of how our ideals and our democracy have evolved, and of what it really ...

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Overview

"A highly readable chronology…one of those rare books that readers will enjoy having close at hand." —Tulsa World

For some, patriotism means flags and parades, for others it's "my country right or wrong." But it's much more than that, and, as Alan Alexrod observes in this revealing review of our history, true patriotism is built on a bedrock of understanding—of who we are as individuals and as a nation, of how our ideals and our democracy have evolved, and of what it really means to be an American. It's a challenge that calls for an open mind and a clear perspective on the people, events, and issues that shaped our society—precisely what Alexrod provides.

Just released in paperback, this popular chronology of key events in our history sweeps from 45,000 B.C. , when the first intrepid Asians crossed the Bering Land Bridge, to the 21st century, which finds us the richest and most powerful nation in the world. This panoramic journey is marked out by more than 1,000 milestones and turning points, each explained in concise, lively detail. Axelrod has a wonderful knack for capturing powerful ideas, towering figures, and definitive moments with a memorable turn of phrase. From Plymouth Rock to Pearl Harbor, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, from George Washington to George W. Bush, we learn what happened, who was involved, and why it's important. And as we journey from past to present, we discover the real answer to the question: What is a patriot?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426200212
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 526,222
  • Product dimensions: 4.93 (w) x 6.81 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Axelrod is the author of twoBusinessWeek bestsellers on great leaders, General Patton and Queen Elizabeth I, as well as numerous other books about history, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History, The Penguin Dictionary of American Folklore, and the Encyclopedia of the American West. A veteran of twenty years in publishing, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Brief, but Interesting

    This is a brief, but engaging, overview of U.S. History. It covers all the big events and gives a short description of the event and its impact on America. In some cases the author's bias is evident, but not so much as to detract from the book's purpose. Best of all, this book is an enjoyable read. I left it lying around and my 20-something son got interested and read it too. He really enjoyed it and said he learned some things, so I guess that makes it cross-generationally relevant as well! I would recommend the book for anyone who is looking for a brief, but entertaining, overview of U.S. history.

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