- Series: Palgrave Essential Histories
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Third Edition edition (August 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023050678X
- ISBN-13: 978-0230506787
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of the United States, Third Edition (Palgrave Essential Histories) Third Edition Edition
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Jenkins (history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) has written a short but fairly comprehensive "from the bottom up" history of the United States. He views this country as a distinctive society radically different from its European roots. Jenkins covers the major political, social, and economic developments but is especially notable in his treatment of the cultural and religious facets of American life and the role of groups sometimes considered "outsiders": racial minorities and political dissenters. He also discusses the American tradition of identifying and stigmatizing "dangerous outsiders" and the significance of this tradition for our cultural and political history. The writing is plain but straightforward. Recommended for public libraries with American history collections.?Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Jenkins outlines the evolution of U.S. history in this digestible account of the major traditions and events that have shaped our nation. From the voyage of Columbus to the advent of the Clinton administration, several unifying trends and patterns are identified and examined in detail. The author applies a thematic approach, emphasizing the tremendous impact that territorial aggression and expansion, ethnic and racial conflict, regionalism, and evangelical and apocalyptic religious beliefs have had on the political, economic, and cultural developments that have driven and defined the course of U.S. history. An insightful overview that will appeal to scholars and students alike. Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Only minus comes from the "aftermath" of 9/11. It seemed to convict the Clinton administration for causing the September attack and left other factors, such as, Bush senior and his administration (and the Gulf war) with little thought.
I didn't also like the particular sentence of how CIA should have involved more deeply in the observation of other countries:
"Sometimes, nations need to play dirty tricks."
But I guess it can be difficult to be objective when you live in the USA and have experienced a catastrophy such as 9/11. Still, as an European myself, I was quite dissapointed with the end. The end bothers me a bit but at least it gives me an alternative perspective to think about.