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Ordeal of the Union Vol.1: Fruits of Manifest Destiny 1847-1852 : A House Dividing 1852-1857 Paperback – August 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Collier Books (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002035441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020354413
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,144,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely essential for students of the Civil War, the late historian Nevins's National Book Award-winning masterwork, published over the years 1947-1971, is here presented complete and unabridged.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 5/0 on January 24, 2012
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"Fruits of Manifest Destiny 1847- 1852 is vol. I of the "Ordeal of the Union" series by Allan Nevins. The ten-volume series begins at the end of the War with Mexico and culminates at the end of Reconstruction. The focal point of this first volume is the Compromise of 1850 and Nevins presents it by describing the nation's political, religious, social, educational, artistic and demographic contexts within which the Compromise was developed, altered and achieved. It also touches upon (albeit slightly) the international environment of the times.
Written in the 1940s, the book and series are refreshingly free of the Revisionist and politically correct influences of the 1960s and, in general, provides a commendable degree of frank but objective and fair illumination of people and events circa 1850s.
Nevins' "frankness" is of especial value in his debunking of stereotypes in all directions and presentation of issues and factions accurately as opposed to the often monochromatic portraits painted by writers with personal agendas. There was, indeed, folly and avarice and even nobility on all sides, and Nevins doesn't let anyone off the hook. This is one of the most obvious values of his work.
Nevins' style is a little "quirky". Some of his vocabulary would have been considered archaic even in the `40s and he frequently copies the "double negative" conventions common to the 18th and 19th Centuries. He also emulates the writers of yesteryear with regular references to figures from Mythology and the Classics. In his segments describing the Arts or religious aspects etc. he often catalogs many people whose names probably mean something to an historian or a student of the era but will be familiar to very few people today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ransom on August 25, 2012
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It is just a scandal that a book is treated as a Kindle "data dump" so that it is impossible for the reader to enjoy the book. One has to constantly rewrite what is written, and sometimes it seems that quite a few words are missing, as some sentences make no sense. Constant spelling errors. Just not the slightest care at all--just data dump it, see who'll be stupid enough (me) to cough up $1.99, and pocket the proceeds. This is a serious corruption of the whole ebook idea, and this book is far from the only example of such corruption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacket75 on April 29, 2012
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Alan Nevins' "Ordeal of the Union, Emergence of Lincoln, War for the Union" series is one of the truly great studies of the period of American history spanning the end of the Mexican War until the end of the American Civil War, digging deeply into all aspects of the American culture of the time. I have read all eight volumes in hard cover several times. When the first volume appeared in Kindle format I was ecstatic. However after my first few hours of reading I was highly disappointed. Either the editors used some questionable character recognition software to convert from hard back to electronic format or their proof reading effort was highly faulty; or perhaps both. The poor rendition of the volume, with numerous broken and jumbled sentences, missing words or badly butchered words makes reading the work disappointing. The Kindle price of the work ($2.99) slightly reduces disappointment in the quality of the production.

This should in no way detract from the value of Nevins' work. I would highly recommend the entire 8 volumes to anyone who has a deep interest in one of the periods of American History that best defines our nation and its principals. However, I would strongly urge the reader to start with a quality hardback copy before being forced to struggle through this poor production. Alas, the first volume "Fruits of Manifest Destiny" has been extremely difficult to find in hardcover, which is perhaps why someone saw fit to convert it to Kindle.

I would urge those who produced it to make the necessary corrections, before they sour the public to a great work of history.
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By Robert Axel on November 27, 2012
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Needs proof reading.

There are way too many typos, missing letters, missing words, etc. Ugh!

If the book was proof read, it would be just fine.
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