With all the previous and excellent reviews for this fantastic book, I will only add a short comment:
This was recommended to me for a Texas history course, but this is not merely the best history book I have come across, but this is the best book I have read bar none. If you read for self-discovery, history or love of good writing, then you will not re-shelve this disappointed when you're done. You will, if you are like me, go and find your parents or your grandparents or both, hug them and say, "I never appreciated what you did and what you left behind for my generation. Thank you".