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Robert SullivanSomething else they don't tell you in school is that life can be a lot like a textbook. It's a slog mostly, and it's tough to tell the difference between what's important and what's the Warren G. Harding administration. Currently, the teaching of the past for people in the middle school years relies heavily on the use of terms like "Shays' Rebellion" and "checks and balances," terms you memorize and explain. It's history as checklist—which is what makes James M. McPherson's Into the West seem so brilliantly serene, with slow considerations of an era of American history that is as important as it is overlooked…Like good newspaper stories, McPherson's chapters convey big ideas with the details of people's lives, national trends with local notes.
—The New York Times