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Those Who Helped Form the USA
on August 9, 2013
A story told by a new American, about America as he sees it. Mr. Simon Winchester has actually spent more time traveling the US than I have, but he has only been a citizen for two years. Funny how immigrants can see more about the US than some of us born here. This is surely the case here.
He is very well traveled and writes like a storyteller. Mr. Winchester also utilizes a technique I have never seen used before (in a western style book). He divides his story into five sections; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. He weaves his stories about these men (yes, mostly men) who formed the United States of America around these five important aspects of our earth. So, for example, the section about wood talks about how different men in America saw and designed uses for wood to move America forward. These gentlemen are not all common household names. There is Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Washington, Edison, Bell and other names we know. But he explains how names such as Fremont, Powell, McAdam, Judah, MacDonald, Tesla and other forgotten names should be just as important. After reading this fascinating book, I agree that these other men need recognition too.
I knew a lot of this information, but it is told in a totally different manner. Kinda like driving the same road to work, but in a different car. Same drive, but not the same drive. That is how I felt. I feel it was important for me to read Mr. Winchester's book "The Men Who United the States". Hope this helps someone.