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The Penguin History of the United States of America

The Penguin History of the United States of America [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Brogan
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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.


This one-volume history - from early British colonization to the fall of President Nixon - captures all the vivid personalities and events as well as the broad sweep of America's triumphant progress. Hugh Brogan looks at the period leading to Independence from the American and British points of view, explores the permanent features, both good and bad, of the "American character" and produces a synthesis of all the current research to show how the USA developed so rapidly from small beginnings to global dominance.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1893 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 736 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: 2Rev Ed (29. März 2001)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI920M
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A rare, truly excellent work 14. Mai 1998
The epitome of a thoughtful work for a non-specialist audience. Wise, witty, ironic, sophisticated, and extremely well-written.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you only read one book on American history... 25. Januar 2004
Von Morgan O'Toole-Smith - Veröffentlicht auf
you could not do better than Hugh Brogan's. Not only is it immensely readable (and yes, funny) but, contrary to the comments of other reviewers, his outsider's perspective makes this book even more valuable to American readers. His balanced analysis of critical episodes in American history and their relation to broader trends in world history gives the reader a sense of the interdependency of historical development, something all too often absent from American textbooks. Most importantly, his passionate, though never craven, defence of European Enlightenment thinking, so critical in shaping the essence of American political thought and the philosophical underpinnings of its constitutional framework, is essential if one is to truly grasp the causal factors behind the world's first anti-colonial revolution. There can be no doubt, regardless of the temptation to view the period and its ideas through post-modern eyes, the political figures of the time, whether Tory or Whig, Loyalist or Rebel believed in their respective ideas. A failure to understand this simple fact results in a fundamental failure to grasp the great themes of the 18th century and those that have followed. Hugh Brogan's work should be celebrated wherever free people value what truly makes them free.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short(ish) and Succint 8. Dezember 2001
Von Panopticonman - Veröffentlicht auf
Packed with diverting insights and miscellaneous facts, this general history of the US is notable for its sweep, its sensibility and erudition. If you feel the need to understand the various periods in American, the central economic and political factors which drive the continuity and change from one period to another, this shortened history does an excellent job.
A couple of interesting facts: Tammany Hall was named after the Indian chief Tammany, who gave William Penn land to start his colony. Tammany gave Penn all the land he could walk in three days. Penn stopped after a day and a half and thanked Tammany for his generosity. But the next generation of Pennsylvanians organized a relay race and grabbed as much land as they could in the day and half that follwed. And the work bunk, or bunkum comes from a representative from South Carolina, who in the House of Representatives, delivered a long speech dealing only with local concerns, boring his fellows politicos. He apologized later, saying that the speech was intended only for "Buncum County."
Brogan is particularly adept at drawing incisive portraits of American presidents and leaders. Abraham Lincoln, who may be the most written about American President, is here given new life by Brogan as a man who was a sharp politician, ambitious, steeped in the give and take of democracy -- a side of Lincoln sometimes overlooked in oher biographies. His portraits of Carter, Nixon and Reagan are also insightful.
Great reading for the average reader and the history enthusiast and scholar as well. The average reader will appreciate the grace and insight with which he tells the big story, the history enthusiast and scholar will appreciate the odd details, and Brogran's often tangy slant on America and Americans
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Penguin History of the United States of America 24. Dezember 2001
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Brogan's history of the U.S. is well-written and, on the whole, well-researched. I am considering the use of the book in a classroom setting because I am dissatisfied with another English historian's factual innacuracies in an otherwise good book. Brogan, too, makes some factual mistakes that irritate me. For example, he presents Gettysburg as a two-day battle when it was a three-day battle. His mistakes are much less glaring than are Paul Johnson's in his one volume history of the United States, but they are enough to make one ask why English historians writing about American history are too proud to ask an American historian to at least check facts for them before publishing.
Despite this, I rated the book at five stars (although I would have rated it at four-and-a-half stars if I could figure out how).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting perspective, great details 4. September 2007
Von Stephen M. Tighe - Veröffentlicht auf
Having read the existing reviews, I have little to add except that this book delivers quite a few details that are all too seldom mentioned, some of which are quite ironic. For example, I believe I have only read in one other text, and had almost forgotten, that the British parliament revoked the Charter of Massachusetts Bay Colony because of it's tendency to rather savage persecution of Christians of other denominations, most especially Quakers. The irony of this, given that it was the governor of that colony who bequeathed to us the image, made popular by Ronald Reagan, of the "shining city on the hill" is quite powerful. Brogan, to his credit, doesn't attempt to draw such conclusions. But, perhaps because he isn't an American, he is able to lay out such jarring details in a neutral and unslanted manner.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat Sloppy, Somewhat Biased 30. Dezember 2008
Von Zdzislaw Meglicki - Veröffentlicht auf
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I must admit, I am only moderately impressed with Hugh Brogan's "The Penguin History of the USA". It is written well enough, as befits a distinguished British scholar, but it is marred by excessive editorializing, to the detriment of what one would expect of an informative and unbiased historical text. It is highly informative, even if the presentation feels at times chaotic, but it is emphatically not unbiased.

Looking at more technical aspects: numerous quotations are presented without references; value laden pronouncements are derived from some historical fact or other, or a number, but where these come from is seldom explained; neither it is discussed how representative they might be; whole pages of editorializing are interleaved with more factual portions of the text, but without a clear demarcation; the presentation rambles on in parts.

It is a jolly good read nevertheless: not an easy text to follow, and not a text from which to learn about the US history, sic, more like a long-winded polemic.

Incidentally, the disastrous winter of 1886/7, which is mentioned on page 422, and the drought that followed, may have been long term effects of the Krakatoa eruption of three years earlier. It was followed by chaotic weather patterns and global cooling that did not alleviate until 1888, cf. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester, so the statement on the following page, "The farmers' wounds were in large part self-inflicted, and they ought to have known better..." sounds rather flippant.

An even more calamitous volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora, the largest since AD 181, happened in April 1815, and produced a disastrous "year without summer" in 1816. This then triggered a massive migration of New England farmers to the Upper Midwest mentioned on page 231, but without a reference to climatic conditions at the time, cf. Volcano Weather: The Story of 1816, the Year Without a Summer by Henry and Elizabeth Stommel.
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