- Hardcover: 1083 pages
- Publisher: Longman Pub Group; 5 Sub edition (July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 032100289X
- ISBN-13: 978-0321002891
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,251,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect for individuals who want to use the internet as they explore American history, this is a web/book hybrid that uses the power of the internet to engage readers interested in the history of the United States since 1865. The book presents a clear, streamlined narrative of the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States since 1865, enabling the reader to appreciate the variety and diversity of the American experience. The website that corresponds to the book includes images, maps, audio clips, primary source documents, and more. For anyone interested in exploring American history since 1865 with the help of the internet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Anyway, if the instructor assigns this book, God help you. You'd best supplement it with the "Cartoon History of the United States" Cartoon History of the United States (Cartoon Guide Series) which will supply a coherent framework that will fill in the gaps. That's how I passed.
Also came in very good condition and shipped very quickly.
Political cartoons and other visual media are very apt and many of the cartoons in the book were the same ones that appeared on my AP and SAT in multiple choice questions.
Some reviewers have complained of a liberal skew, I could certainly see how they would arrive at that conclusion. Chapter titles like "Triumph of the White Man's Democracy" and labeling Columbus as an "invader" seem a bit presumptuous. Additionally, the book tends to put a disproportionate emphasis on women/minorites, however, so does the AP examination. Divine seems not to be so much as liberal, but as challenging commonly held assumptions. For instance, he makes it very clear that FDR's New Deal plan did nothing to bring America out of the Great depression, it only made the period until WWII bearable for some. Divine is quick to criticize the failures of Wilson's 14 points and the economic crisis imposed by the Carter administration. Either way, Divine has facts to back up his statements, facts which can easily be incorporated into AP essays requiring an opinion.
Overall this is an excellent resource, and I highly recommend it, as it got me a 5 on the AP, and 780 on the SAT US History exam.
The material in the book is easy to understand and considering it is the brief edition, the chapters aren't that long. Very informative book.