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

by George Brown Tindall, David E. Shi
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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November 16, 2009 0393934098 978-0393934090 Brief Eighth Edition

A book students will read.

America, now in its twenty-fifth year, has sold more 1.2 million copies over the past seven editions and remains the most affordable history text on the market. The Brief Eighth Edition offers the attractive features of the full-length text—lively and accessible narrative style, a keen balance of political with social and cultural history, a full-color layout, and exceptional value—in a more concise format.


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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.

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: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not as Boring as Other Textbooks I've Bought 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, brief survey of American History 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.. its a history book. May 12, 2012
By Tabatha
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier with my order! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars History....bores me February 25, 2014
By Kyo
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Turns out he doesn't even teach from the book so I barely even opened it but from what I saw there was nothing missing or messed up
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book awesome read 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Narrative driven textbook 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great easy history book to read, pretty self explanatory, and the author makes it easy to understand all the passages and stories.
Published 2 months ago by stephany
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for History class
I liked the book. I purchased it as a class requirement. The instructor who taught the class well... Good read .
Published 5 months ago by Say Jacq
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for my college course
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.
Published 6 months ago by Nikki Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
Great book, it was a little worn but still in good shape, for the price. It was shipped quickly and I didn't have to miss any class.
Published 7 months ago by mark e erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I don't remember what class I needed this book for but it was a good reading. I think I sold it back.
Published 7 months ago by D
4.0 out of 5 stars School text
I can't love a textbook but this one is well written and easy to read. It is required for a history course and I'm happy that this text was chosen.
Published 9 months ago by Momof4
1.0 out of 5 stars Book was in really bad condition.
I received this book in really bad condition. I literally had to glue the spine back together. Every page was marked with a highlighter. Not worth the money I paid for it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Connie Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book! Very accurate description given. Book useful for academic classes, but pretty boing when reading for leisure. Great book.
Published 11 months ago by Allie Doles
4.0 out of 5 stars required
This was a required book for my daughter for class. It was reasonable priced. Glad we were able to find this book for class.
Published 12 months ago by Bargain Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars America:A Narrative History
America: A Narrative History is a very well written book. I like the fact that is not boring like others text books.
Published 13 months ago by Dominic Byrne
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