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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: History (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422983439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422983430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ever since its first settlers came for freedom and wealth, America has always boasted a rambunctious, idiosyncratic population. In this poppy illustrated history, historian Baker even-handedly reveals how we gained independence, acquired vast territory, and made monumental industrial and technological advances while overcoming tragedies of war, civil and labor unrest, economic depression, and other grand challenges. Baker doesn't shy away from the darker corners of American history, and the origins and expansion of the slave trade, brutality towards Native Americans, and exploitation of land for profit are all covered here. As produced by the A&E network, this is a glossy, highly-accessible survey of the great American experiment from 1497 to today, full of eye-catching photography, charts, maps, highlighted text, and historical documents (there's not a single page free of some graphic element). If every history text was as lively as America, everyone would know our story. Illus. (Sept.)
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“The most in-depth series they’ve ever produced HISTORY’S history.”
— THE NEW YORK POST

“Visually thrilling.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES

More About the Author

Kevin Baker (born 1958) is an American novelist, historian, and journalist. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up in New Jersey and Rockport, Massachusetts.
He has been a professional writer since the age of 13, working originally for the Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester, Mass., as a stringer covering covering school-boy sports. He had to learn to type to keep the job. He graduated from Columbia University, where he majored in political science, in 1980.
Baker is the author of the forthcoming novel, The Big Crowd (Houghton Mifflin, 2013), a work of historical fiction about political corruption and one of the most infamous mob murders in New York City history. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming Reggie Jackson memoir, Becoming Mr. October, due out in October, 2013, from Doubleday.
Baker's "City of Fire" trilogy, published by HarperCollins , consisted of the following historical novels: Dreamland (1999); the bestselling Paradise Alley (2002); and Strivers Row (2006)--all concerning critical moments in the history of New York and America. Paradise Alley was the winner of the 2003 James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction, and the American Book Award.
Other works include a contemporary baseball novel called Sometimes You See it Coming (1993, Crown), and the graphic novel, Luna Park, illustrated by Danijel Zezelj (DC Comics, 2009). Baker was chief historical researcher on Harold Evans's illustrated history of the United States, The American Century. He is also the author of America, The Story of Us (Melcher, 2010), the companion book to the History Channel series of the same name, and wrote the new final chapter for the reissue of Baseball, the companion book to Ken Burns' 10-part film, "Baseball," which has aired on public television.
Baker resides in New York, where he is a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine. He was formerly a columnist for American Heritage magazine and the New York Observer, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Military History, and many other periodicals. Baker has appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and The Colbert Report, and is a member of the board of the Society of American Historians, and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

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Very well written and easy to read!
Warren Martin
If the audio/video isn't supported on the Kindle, then don't call it a "Kindle Edition with Audio/Video."
Kindle Customer
The book moves at a good pace and never gets boring.
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Format: Paperback
This is the companion book to a documentary mini-series AMERICA THE STORY OF US that aired on A&E's History Channel in the spring of 2010.

This book is written to an adult audience and is fine for teens or even upper middle school students. For kids it would serve best as a read-aloud for family study for any family.

The book is loaded with visuals ranging from drawn illustrations to historical photographs or facsimilies of historical documents, and maps. Each two page spread has at least one whole page of graphics and some are comprised of two thirds images to text ratio.

The book moves at a good pace and never gets boring. The time period covered goes from the arrival of the colonial settlers to 2010 including the election of President Barack Obama, who also penned the introduction. The content does not candy coat history either; hard topics such as the treatment of Native Americans, slavery, and poverty in the early 1900s is covered.

This book is now a part of my family's library about American history and we are using it in our homeschool studies.

I love the chronological arrangement of historical events and all the visuals and the interesting text, therefore this book has earned a rating of 5 stars = I Love It.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By OMP on September 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition with Audio/Video Verified Purchase
The concept of the ebook is great except that the description specifically said it has audio and video and is for the Kindle. I have tried it on my Kindle Fire and 3G and both times I am told my device does not support the video or audio. Am I missing something here?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on September 5, 2012
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Unfortunately, yet again Amazon fails to let their product have the content first. I love my Kindle Fire, but the video only works on apple products. Come on Amazon, get it together.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 6, 2012
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I just got this today (September 6, 2012)and haven't read it yet, so my two star rating is not directed at the content of the work. What I take issue with is that the display on it in the Amazon Store is somewhat misleading because it is called a "Kindle Edition," yet the audio/video portions aren't available on the Kindle! To be fair, it does say that, but in a "fine print" kind of way. Big lettering: "Kindle Edition with Audio/Video." Small Lettering: "Audio/Video content only available for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices." Had I seen that, I might not have bothered. If the audio/video isn't supported on the Kindle, then don't call it a "Kindle Edition with Audio/Video."
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Kischell on September 15, 2010
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I went to school in California, which I am ashamed to say means that I had a sub-quality education in many ways - especially in U.S. history. I try to make up for this as an adult by watching and reading as many educational items of quality as I can - therefore, I'd say I am an experienced judge by now of what qualifies as "quality". I give this book a 5 star rating because it's excellently written and full of well-researched information. It's also entertaining and a good read. You won't be disappointed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larochefoucauld on September 5, 2012
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This is a review of the three AMERICA The Story of Us kindle books with Audio/Video. These are at best outlines that span no more than 25 pages for each book. I own a Kindle 3 keyboard which does not support the Audio/Video materials. Consequently, this kindle book format is really quite unusable. I am glad it was offered for free as I would have been quite vexed had I paid anything for this disappointing series.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Massena on June 22, 2012
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No where did it say that the kindle version would not have any pictures. The pictures in the hard copy add to the comprehension of this book. I would not have bought the kindle version if I had known about this. So be forewarn.......pictures NOT included!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Shores on May 7, 2011
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This book and the companion DVD provide a great visual overview about the development of the United States. An interesting mix of historians, actors, business leaders, and political leaders are used to narrate the story.

Since the book covers so many topics it needs to be somewhat simplistic. One example is the description of the electric power grid used by the US (and the rest of the world). Carl Steinmetz, arguably the most important scientist involved in developing the electrical distribution system throughout the world, is never even mentioned.

The book also fails to give full credit to some of the concepts that have altered the culture of the US and the rest of the world during the last century. Some of these (peace, democracy, free markets) are analyzed in a book by Michael Mandelbaum, titled "The Ideas That Conquered the World".
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