First published in 1973, this follow-up to Alistair Cooke's acclaimed 1972 television documentary series America: A Personal History of the United States has sold almost two million copies. From the nation's discovery to modern times; from the American revolutionaries to the pioneers who forged westward; from the slaves who fled north to the immigrants that sought a new life, Cooke vividly describes the spirit of the United States. Cooke's portrayal of America's dynamic history and its ever-changing present continues to provide striking insights into the remarkable character of a nation.
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About the Author
Alistair Cooke (19082004) enjoyed an extraordinary life in print, radio, and television. He worked as a journalist and broadcaster for many different organizations, including the BBC, The Times, and the Guardian, and won numerous awards for his work. He is best known both at home and abroad for his weekly Letter from America, the longest-running radio series in broadcasting history.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
To the Reader (Old & New) 1
Prologue: A Passage to America 5
1 The New-Found Land 17
2 A Home Away from Home 47
3 Making a Revolution 72
4 Inventing a Nation 97
5 Gone West 122
6 A Firebell in the Night 146
7 Domesticating a Wilderness 168
8 Money on the Land 185
9 The Huddled Masses 204
10 The Promise Fulfilled - The Promise Broken 228
11 The Arsenal 252
Epilogue: The More Abundant Life 277
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book, a fascinating all in one guide to American History. I've only read half of it. This may seem not much of a recommendation, but reading the book drew me in to the subject so much that I start deviating off, reading other sources covering the same period of history. It was a library book, I'd renewed it once, and thought I should give someone else a chance and get on with reading a novel or two. But I will go back to it, but I'll probably buy it next time.