Continental America offers a rather different way of looking at a period of enormous expansion, development, and crisis in the career of the United States. Although it stands as a discrete, coherent work, it is best understood as a continuation of the special kind of description and assessment set forth in Atlantic America, 1492-1800, the opening volume of this geographic interpretation.
A work of breathtaking scope…. Continental America offers a panoramic historic synthesis in the best tradition of Braudel.
—The Town's Higher Education Supplement
Kenneth C. Martis
The shaping of America series is evolving into a modern-day classic in American historical geography…. Volumes I and II are must for…historians seeking to expand their geographic understanding and perspective of large-scale historical trends.
—Journal of American History
A breathtakingly original, imaginative, and idiosyncratic reinterpretation of American geography in history….Anyone who cares about the road this nation traveled to reach its present size and shape, the problems encountered along the way, and how they were resolved will be stimulated and enriched by reading this imposing and impressive book.
—Robert V. Renini, New York Newsday