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America: A Narrative History (Brief Eighth Edition) (Vol. 1) Paperback – November 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0393934090 ISBN-10: 0393934098 Edition: Brief Eighth Edition

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Product Details

  • 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 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is president emeritus and professor emeritus of history at Furman University in Greenville, 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 don't remember what class I needed this book for but it was a good reading.
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America: A Narrative History is a very well written book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ghost2011 on January 31, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Ralph Randolph on July 19, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By political_junkie on January 13, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NataliaP on July 31, 2011
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I was sketchy about ordering my textbooks online because I couldnt physically see them but I'm so glad I did! He delievered really fast (amount of days it said it would take) and the book was in amazing condition! thank you so much :)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tabatha on May 12, 2012
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Yes, I purchased this for a college American History course and it was a required read. That being said it is a horribly written book! If you puchase this, it's likely because the Professor has chosen it for your course and you have no say so, keep in mind as you read that this author/authors (in an attempt to keep things easier to understand) bounce back and forth through segments of early american history in a way that boggle the mind. Chronological order people! What a concept for reviewing history, huh!?

I loved my history class, and even the information given in this text, but I really hated the confusing manner in which this book is put together.
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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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By Richard Cantos on February 17, 2014
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if your into history this is your book the great plains to corruption in the monarchy. heads being chopped off.
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By T. Copeland on February 14, 2014
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This is a good textbook, but it is not formatted like traditional textbooks. It is much more narrative driven, which means you will need to actually read the text. It is not the kind of book you can skim through and glance at key words. But, if you are willing to do the reading, I think you will find this to be an enjoyable format. As of 2014, the Ninth Edition is now available.
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