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America: A Narrative History, Brief 8th Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0393934083 ISBN-10: 039393408X Edition: Brief Eighth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1473 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Brief Eighth Edition edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039393408X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Brown Tindall is recently deceased after spending many years on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was an award-winning historian of the South with a number of major books to his credit, including The Emergence of the New South.

David E. Shi (PhD University of Virginia) is president and professor of history and at Furman University in Greeneville, South Carolina. He is the author of several books focusing on American cultural history, including the award-winning The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture and Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920.

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I would recommend this book to any student or anyone else.
Moraiwe
The picture is the whole America A narrative history book. what you were selling was Volume 1. which was my fault because I didnt read the title.
olivia
And they never, ever, go out in public with another woman but no man.
Sylvia McIvers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By purplebird on March 26, 2013
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Purchased for my husband who is a history teacher. He loves the illustrations in this book as well as the content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By imhistory on October 6, 2013
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I have been teaching with this book a long time. The newest edition has violated a principle: do NOT include your own bias into an account of history. The last chapter in Vol. 2 is so obviously biased. I would not recommend this textbook to anyone who wants an impartial accounting of recent US history. I am puzzled as to why the author would use such blatantly charged words in his accounting of recent US history events. I found it uncomfortable, unprofessional, and definitely not fair minded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe L on June 24, 2013
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Love the book, hate the class. I enjoy history, and i enjoyed reading this book. If you like reading about american history then i think you will probably enjoy this book to some degree.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Burton-Miller on October 19, 2012
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I bought this book because I had a college class about the United States Presidents and it was a required textbook for background material. When I realized my supposedly secular history textbooks for my homeschooling teenagers was actually a very biased Christian world view text, I dropped it and used this one instead as the spine of their two year American History course. The text is informative enough without being overwhelming, and it has an online component through wwnorton.com that made teaching materials readily available to us including chapter outlines, quizzes and map quizzes. I had an almost tailor made class for them with all the planning work done for me. I love the interactive component of this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia McIvers on January 23, 2014
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This book covers American history from the aftermath of the Civil War until the 2000 presidential elections, which is about as close to ‘the present time’ as a history book can reach. (Volume 2 does not start with page 1, but picks up where Vol. 1 left off.)

I did not go forth and choose to read this book, as I did with other history overviews and biographies. Instead, I found it on the desk in the tutoring room, where someone else must have used it and abandoned it. I had no intention of reading it cover to cover. However, it’s a history book! I love history books! How could I ignore it? As a compromise, I decided to look at the pictures. Then I noticed something odd, but maybe I was imagining it. I decided to type a list of the pictures.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and 75 pictures times a thousand words is practically its own book. I can’t be the only one who flipped through this college text book and assumed the pictures would give me an overview. Therefore, I wondered if the pictorial overview gives a clear or distorted image of what America looks like.

I was right. According to this Norton History book, women in America seldom appear in public without a man. And they never, ever, go out in public with another woman but no man. Hundreds of pictures – but only six women alone, and exactly one of more than one woman without a man – and that’s a Tupperware party.

Did the Taliban edit this book? Or perhaps some well-meaning Christian organization? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell.

Dear Norton,

The pictures in this sixth edition of “America A Narrative History” disappointed me. In future editions, please be aware that, while men often go out in public together, so do women.
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By Moraiwe on March 26, 2014
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It's informative and the narrative is easy to read. I would recommend this book to any student or anyone else.
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By me123 on January 7, 2014
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The package it came in was secure and the book itself is in great condition. It's got a whole lot of material starting with Christopher Columbus.
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Clear, readable, well-documented, this book is the most efficient way to gain as sense of early history I have encountered.
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