The Penguin History of the United States of America Paperback
by Hugh Brogan
This new edition of Brogan's superb one-volume history - from early British colonisation to the Reagan years - captures an array of dynamic personalities and events.
In a broad sweep of America's triumphant progress, Brogan explores the period leading to Independence from both the American and the British points of view, touching on permanent features of 'the American character' - both the good and the bad.
He provides a masterly synthesis of all the latest research illustrating America's rapid growth from humble beginnings to global dominance.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 752 pages, maps
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/03/2001
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780140252552
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Review by karenmerguerian
You would think an overview of US history would either be boring or slanted in some dubious way, but this one isn't. Brogan is not afraid of expressing opinions and assessing and evaluating developments in American history, so it's much more interesting than a textbook. If you've been educated in the United States, the author, who appears to be British, offers you a slightly new perspective from what you may have received in school. He is clearly pro-American without feeling he has to lay on any of the patriotic gilt (or dour pc agenda) on display in most other overview U.S. histories. There are some gaps I've noticed, like pieces of the history of Texas and Mexico. Brogan's storytelling talent is prodigious and the book is a gripping read. Throw away your high school textbook and buy this small paperback, for entertainment and for reference, instead.