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American History: Connecting with the Past 14th ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0076621422
ISBN-10: 0076621421
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In addition to being a best selling textbook author, ALAN BRINKLEY is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and former Provost at Columbia University. He is the author of Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; and Liberalism and its Discontents. His most recent books are "John F. Kennedy: The American Presidents Series: The 35th President, 1961-1963" and "The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century" both published recently. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard and taught previously at MIT, Harvard, and the City University Graduate School before joining the Columbia faculty In 1991. In 1998-1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He won the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award at Harvard in 1987 and the Great Teacher Award at Columbia in 2003. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the National Humanities Center and Oxford University Press, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the University of Torino (Italy). He was the 1998-1999 Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 914 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 14th ed. edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0076621421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0076621422
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Glenn Millam on August 19, 2012
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I went to McGraw Hill trying to find some kind of digital content for this title for my daughter. Here is what I found. Basically, even if you want to hand them money, they will not take it. You can only get digital course material through the professor, and if he/she isn't doing it, you are SOL. I also went looking to see if anyone sold a PDF version of the book. All I found was a shady link on a filesharing website. Finally, I found something at CourseSmart where she can rent the book for 180 days... For $80! Crazy. An online, non-printed, non-physical book should not cost that much, especially a rental whose subject is freshman level. Of all the collegiate-level books I have encountered so far in the last couple of years, this may have the worst overall digital support. Dear McGraw Hill, if you are reading this, provide a way for students to independently obtain digital learning materials. Printed codexes are so 15th century.
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I really enjoy this book! I had to buy it for my American history class which is online. The format of the class is where you wouldn't have to really read the book to pass but we needed the book to cite facts. I bought the book so I might as well read it. We just finished Chapter four and I really love the structure of the book. Most chapters are lonely 20 pages long and the book is filled with interesting pictures and diagrams. All of this makes it a great textbook! The only thing I don't like is some of the subheadings are like in the side of the paragraph so it's not real clear what your reading about but I see why they chose to do that based on design purposes.
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So I teach from this book in high school. It is designed as an AP edition, but in truth it severely lacks the content necessary to both excite students and to even begin to pass the exam. It is true that it is abbreviated. It is much shorter than the American Pageant, which happens to be a very heavy but sturdy book for this subject, but in losing length, it has severely damaged the content and continuity of American history overall. Beyond the fact that it reads like eating plain shredded wheat with nothing to drink for hours, it actually has many completely false assertions. The one I can call out at the moment is a reference to Molly Pitcher in Chapter 5--she just doesn't exist, but for some reason Dr. Brinkley feels the need to toss her into the mix again. I think that the worst part of this book is that it claims to have teacher companion materials. It doesn't. Ok, it does for 5 chapters have an AP teachers guide, and at the 5th chapter it becomes the same as the college level themes listed in the Instructors Manual which is funny because people keep listing the strong AP correlation as the entire reason for adopting this book. The test questions are haphazardly written. It is pretty obvious as someone who has done graduate level work that Dr. Brinkley basically let his GAs write those questions. They lack direction. They are worded awkwardly, and they fail to come close to testing what would be important information from the chapter. The online materials are hard to access and largely redundant. Skip this one and go with something more standard.
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I found many historical mistakes, example the Yalta summit, book indicates Yalta is located on Red Sea. WRONG.
Yalta is located on the southeastern coast of the Crimea on the Black Sea.
I found seven other historical mistakes, and I am Up too Chapter 28. This should not be taught in college / in high school or in the United States of America.
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By fd on September 4, 2013
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This text was geared to the high school reader. It was required for the course which I took at a Community College. It leaves out many important things by skimming over them. Timely shipping from the vendor, however.
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By Cliff P. on September 22, 2012
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This rental came with no access to McGraw Hill's online educational tools and the text is not very concise at times. I did enjoy the book and it does shed light on the development of America socially, economically and we came to world prominence....Just need the online access to McGraw Hill....

This is a textbook for a history class I took....
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I rented the previous version from my university and I really enjoyed it. I love history and Alan Brinkley's writing style makes the textbook hip, interesting, entertaining, and at some parts, hilarious. I received this version in a timely manner, in great condition.
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I'm using the first half of the book this semester and used the second half the previous semester. The second half is incredibly bias look at history. Basically Native American (not indians like the author prefers all lower case and dehumanizing as possible) get one chapter. Post civil war black people get a whole chapter. Than the rest of the book is white people in the North East history.

I'm a fan of history and a student.
There are glaring evident facts missing from the book. ex No mention of the flooding of the MS river in the 1920s which destroys millions of dollars in agriculture land, combined with the dust bowl, creates the food price inflation. The same flood displaces half a million people. So a reasonably significant event as to why the South's Economy crashed before the 1930s after the WW1 boom years.

The Boston bias shows up again and again dismissing so many relevant events in history that the book become painful to complete as someone who usually enjoys history.

The book also jumps all over the place. One section will talk about a subject and then refer to something going on during the same time period.

The pages almost require the the hard bound due to the super cheap and thin pages. The soft bound covers curl at the slightest damp air.

Good luck if an instructor as assigned you this mess.
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