America Alive: A History

Overview

A history of the U.S. for young people — celebrating its vitality, questioning its myths & marking its challenges. America is people, people who walked across the land bridge from Asia & spread across this great expanse, people who carved their homes out of a wilderness & fought for the idea that human beings have inalienable rights & should represent themselves. Famous people & legions of unnamed people who came from countries around the world in search of opportunity & a good life for ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $5.95   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$5.95
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(89)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1994 Book Hard Cover First Edition New 1994 First Edition hardcover book is brand new in a brand new lightly shelfworn dustjacket.

Ships from: Frederick, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$58.77
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(214)

Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

A history of the U.S. for young people — celebrating its vitality, questioning its myths & marking its challenges. America is people, people who walked across the land bridge from Asia & spread across this great expanse, people who carved their homes out of a wilderness & fought for the idea that human beings have inalienable rights & should represent themselves. Famous people & legions of unnamed people who came from countries around the world in search of opportunity & a good life for themselves & their children. Artist Schoenherr draws a portrait of the nation & its people, evoking the warmth, vulnerability, & texture of America.

Traces the history of the United States from the first settlers to the early 1990s.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``This is a history of the United States, but it is not a complete history,'' writes Karl in the foreword to this breathless romp, which travels from prehistoric times right on up through the 1990s. Indeed, the author synthesizes a great deal of information, and relays it in even, almost conversational tones. On the other hand, her inevitably brief discussions can verge on the superficial; and the focus switches between the general and the specific in necessarily subjective fashion. For example, a few sentences about the Bicentennial (``This made everyone feel good about themselves and the nation'') precedes a paragraph about the Carter administration and the growth of multinational corporations (``This was nice for the world.... But it sometimes meant the loss of jobs for people in the United States''). Many will forgive Karl these lapses, however, because of the text's vigor and overall balance. She instills pride in the nation's accomplishments, but she does not gloss over injustices, scandals and controversies. The art is disappointingly static and the tones muddy, but it is plentiful, with at least two illustrations on every spread: historical figures and prototypical characters (e.g., ``Flapper'') stand frozen in the margins, while the various vignettes are far too broadly rendered to illuminate the particular events they are meant to depict. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In her forword, Karl admits that ``a book this short cannot tell all that has happened'' between the years when man first reached the North American continent to the present. America Alive is an ``outline'' and ``I hope...a balanced view, though necessarily a selective one.'' The end product is a readable presentation, but not a very informative one. Names and dates move by rapidly and there is little room for the whys and wherefores that would breathe life into the story being told. There are other problems as well. If Sutter's Mill were really west of San Francisco, the 49ers would have needed scuba gear. American participation in World War I gets muddled; we are described as fighting the ``Allies'' (the Central Powers are not mentioned). And while Karl decries the injustices suffered by Native Americans and African Americans throughout history, she also writes that ``Americans were angry...over Pearl Harbor; they placed some Japanese Americans in internment camps and turned to doing what was necessary to win.'' After FDR's death, ``Harry S. Truman, a clothing salesman from Missouri...led the nation,'' a description that is rather misleading in terms of the man's real qualifications for the job. Schoenherr's dark-toned, static illustrations add nothing to the text; although captioned, many are still ambiguous. One, labeled ``lying on the field of battle at [the Civil] war's end,'' looks more like a boy lying in a meadow; in another, Andrew Johnson looks positively vicious. A personal look at American history is a lofty goal, but this effort falls short. There's just not enough substance to it.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399220135
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/1994
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)