Automotive Holiday Deals Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Train egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Grocery Gifts for Her Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer cm15 cm15 cm15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $30 Off Fire HD 6 Kindle Cyber Monday Deals Outdoors Gift Guide on DOTD

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more


1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
Hardcover, 2005
"Please retry"

Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book
Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book
Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Restrictions apply. Learn more | Shop now
Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more | Shop now


Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: THE TEACHING COMPANY (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O7D8FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,621,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The historian Jon Meacham has written the following about the American identity: “Americans would rather the world thought of us as Jimmy Stewarts, when there’s a strong strain of Humphrey Bogart in our national character.” Is American identity one of wide-eyed idealism in the exceptional little city on a hill, as apparent in the iconic figure of Jimmy Stewart? Or does the optimism mask a deeper and more troubling truth of the American identity, as exemplified in the brooding and cynical Humphrey Bogart?

“The American Identity” is an ambitious and sprawling 48-part set of portraits of Americans. For any lover of biography, this course is an exhilarating experience, due to the selection of the lives and the detail provided by the lecturer. As indicated by the speaker, the goal was not to select the fifty greatest Americans, but rather to capture the enormous diversity of American lives. As a whole, the course is like a history of the American experience as seen through the lens of biography.

Professor Patrick N. Allitt is the congenial lecturer, and the scholarship is superb. The speaker works carefully with primary sources, and the lectures are filled with quotes from the people being profiled, as well as their contemporaries. There is one priceless citation from Mark Twain about the polygamous Brigham Young, whom the sly Twain wryly applauds for taking pity on sixty “ungainly and pathetically homely creatures” who became Young’s wives. For Twain, that was “a deed of open-handed generosity so sublime that the nation should stand uncovered in his presence, and worship in silence.” For that quote, this Great Course was worth the price of admission!

Professor Allitt’s presentations were impressive both in the crafting of the lectures and in his speaking skills.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse