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

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ISBN-13: 978-0393934090 ISBN-10: 0393934098 Edition: Brief Eighth 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 (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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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: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 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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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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3 of 3 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 OSReviews on July 16, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katanna on December 29, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Marie on January 21, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Davis on October 2, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LRS3 on January 2, 2013
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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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