The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Book - 2013
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
ISBN: 9780062079602
Branch Call Number: 973 Winc
Characteristics: xxv, 463 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Jun 19, 2019

Winchester is one of the most charming writers and in-depth researchers you can find, and this book is enormously entertaining, told through the stories of fascinating people. Winchester looks at the ways that various people with big ideas took 50 separate states and hooked them together for travel and communications. So he examines the history of travel in the United States from trails to canals to railroads to highways to air travel. He looks at how telephones, radio, television, and the internet brought the country together through communication.

Then he goes one step better. For the section on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, he travels the route, making observations along the way and comparing the travel then with the travel today. In discussing the modern highway system, he explores the well-known story about President Eisenhower pushing for the Interstate System, which goes back to the Eisenhower led expedition across the US after World War One to see how long it would take to rush troops from the East Coast to the West Coast. Winchester recreates this trip, too.

Many more great stories are here. Since he travels to the places he writes about, this is a very personal style of history writing with insights that few writers can make.

Mar 15, 2015

This is a disappointing book. It reads more like a tourist guide than an interpretative analysis of American history. It is a romantic, idealistic and mythological overview of how America developed into a "United county". Mr. Winchester writes that the men, there were no women who United this country were explorers and inventors. The question is did these men actually create one nation, indivisible? Contrary to Mr. Tom Brokaw, the author did disappoint. America was forged primarily through war. Battles against Natives, Mexicans, spaniards and even against themselves. The US civil war took thousands of lives and did little to foster unity. Today America is a dysfunctional country. It is divided by race, by religion, by income and by politics. Mr. Winchester needs to rewrite his book and base it on reality and not on the exploits of General Georg Custer.

May 07, 2014

This is a bizarrely crafted look at Ayn Randian individuals who impacted the US, told from a technological stand point. The tone is conversational to the point of being disruptive. Check amazon reviews for better reading recommendations.

Feb 11, 2014

A celebration of the difference many individual Americans made in the history of the country and in many cases the world. Some names are familiar but delightful to learn some new ones, private and public, pioneers in their day. He tells their stories in a creative framework of wood, earth, water, fire, air and metal -- from Lewis and Clark to the web. Winchester does get a little carried away sometimes with his rapture over the New Deal, etc but it did not detract from my enjoying the book.

Dec 08, 2013

This is anything but an objective history book. The author has compiled a list of theories to suit his left wing progressive agenda. What a pile of crapola.


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