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America: A Narrative History (Brief Eighth Edition) (Vol. 1) Brief Eighth Edition Edition

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About the Author

George Brown Tindall spent 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 Emory Shi is a professor of history and the president emeritus of Furman University. He is the author of several books 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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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Brief Eighth Edition edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393934098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David E. Shi (pronounced "Shy") served as the 10th president of Furman University from 1994 to 2010. During his presidential tenure, Furman solidified its stature as one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges. Applications to the university increased 75 percent, faculty salaries improved dramatically, the endowment quadrupled, the academic profile of the student body rose, and the campus benefited from more than $210 million in new construction and renovation.

An Atlanta native and a 1973 Furman graduate, he joined the university administration in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. David was also a champion of the university's emphasis on engaged learning, energy conservation and environmental stewardship. Under his direction, Furman became a national leader in promoting sustainability.

David was a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2006. During his presidency, Furman built the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) certified building in South Carolina (there are now 7 LEED-certified buildings on campus). In March 2010, Furman's Board of Trustees named the university's dazzling new Center for Sustainability in honor of Shi.

Established in 2008, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability (pictured right) has evolved into a hub where educators, students and community leaders can work together, exploring the most complex issues of sustainability.

Other accomplishments:
*In early 2010, Upstate Forever, a regional environmental advocacy organization, bestowed on President Shi its Lifetime Achievement Award.
*Past chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
*Served on the Chronicle of Higher Education/New York Times Higher Education Cabinet and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
*Board member of Second Nature, the non-profit organization based in Boston that is responsible for administering the Presidents' Climate Commitment.
*Received the 2003 Presidential Leadership Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
*Named 2003 Greenville Magazine Business Person of the Year
*He received the 2003 Whitney M. Young, Jr., Humanitarian Award, the highest honor given by the Urban League of the Upstate.
*He was also named among Greenville's "Top 25 Leaders" in a community poll conducted by The Greenville News.
*In 2010, the Shis were honored by the Community Foundation of Greenville and G: The Magazine of Greenville as recipients of the 2010 Lifetime of Giving Back Award, recognizing their individual contributions and their extensive community involvement.
*Received honorary degrees from Centre College and Mercer University.
*In 1999, he was among an elite group of 50 college and university presidents recognized by the John Templeton Foundation for their outstanding leadership in the development of student character. The previous year, Furman was awarded a $150,000 Presidential Leadership grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in recognition of David's leadership.
*Current member of the Board of Trustees at Brevard College, NC


A specialist in intellectual and cultural history, David is the author of several books, including Matthew Josephson(Yale University Press, 1980), The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (Oxford University Press, 1985), which was a History Book Club selection, and Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1994). He is also co-author, with the late George B. Tindall, of the best-selling textbook America: a Narrative History (W. W. Norton), now in its tenth edition.
In 2016 Quartz Magazine reported that America: A Narrative History was the No. 1 U.S. History textbook used in colleges and universities. See http://qz.com/602956/these-are-the-books-students-at-the-top-us-colleges-are-required-to-read/?utm_source=atlfb&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

David is a prolific newspaper essayist. He has published several hundred of columns in newspapers such as The Greenville News, The Christian Science Monitor, The Charlotte Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. His columns and essays are also heard on the South Carolina network of National Public Radio. A collection of his speeches, essays and columns has been published under the title The Bell Tower and Beyond: Reflections on Learning and Life.

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America: A Narrative History (Brief Eighth Edition) is a very readable, brief (for an survey history book), and affordable textbook. I have used earlier edition for part of the last twenty years or so and other texts for the other years--American Promise is also a favorite of mine. I will be using the new edition of Tindall and Shi work this fall. Like almost all textbooks the authors take a middle-of-the-road approach to our history. Nothing very critical, few if any hidden agendas, attention to women, African-Americans, Indians.

All in all a fine selection for a college class or for anyone wanting a overview of American history.
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I had to buy this book for my college history class. This book was easier to read than other texbooks that I've bought and I think that it lives up to it's title. It reads more like a narrated story than a boring history lecture. This book is pretty straightforward and that makes it easy to understand what is going on in the chapter. That's what I liked about it.
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This is the best history book I've ever read. Unlike most U.S. history textbooks, this one isn't biased. Too bad my college changed the required book for U.S. History. The one I'm reading now is called "Give me Liberty!" which has a left-leaning bias. I wish my college kept "America: A Narrative History" as its book requirement.
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Tindall and Shi's "America", offers an insightful glimpse into U.S.history from colonial to modern (eighth edition ends with the election of President Obama) times. "Shindle" explicates history in a very complementary fashion, filled with useful graphics (often political cartoons w.captions),and a 'chapter summery' tying together key dates/facts/concepts. This, in addition to a plethora of online resources available, makes the textbook straightforward in terms of tests/quiz preparation. The language used is consistent, and the chapters are divided up fairly evenly. Expect roughly 30-40 pages per chapter-

Tindall and Shi do a fantastic job of making the content easy-to-understand, yet interesting. As noted, the authors do maintain a neutral tone which allows the student to draw analytical connections. However, "Shindle" will occasionally be quite witty- resulting in some "ah ha!" moments here and there. The text dives into the causes, (and arguably most importantly) the consequences, of key socio-political, and economical events. Overall, I think the text is an excellent way to learn about America past and present. When completed in-depth, I think the book will advance a student's ability to critically think (whether you are an advanced high school or a college student).

Something I will point out, however, is that throughout a chapter, events won't necessarily be in total chronological order. "Shindle" will often bring up a point, reference to a past example, and then continue onwards. Additionally, though the pacing is very consistent- I did feel that some chapters could have been explicated further, and some parts condensed.
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I was surprised at how interesting this book is. I needed a book offering information about the History of America for a university course and was expecting something dry and hard to get through. But because this book is written as a narrative it easily absorbs the reader while it offers all the facts.
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LOVE these books. I have recently purchased the vol 2. Tindall keeps it interesting and easy to understand. You're be happy if you need this book for school.
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This textbook arrived in a good amount of time. It was in great condition. The book was a good resource for my American Republic college course.
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Book was needed for school and it's really useful. Even though it's titled "brief" it's still in depth enough to give you a broad view.
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