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Overview Thoroughly revised and updated, this single volume reference traces American history from precolonial times to the present day, and discusses important issues, movements, and and personalities that helped shape the nation into a global superpower. Original.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 014025255X ISBN13 9780140252552 UPC 051488018001
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More About Hugh Brogan
Hugh Brogan was educated at Repton School and Cambridge. He worked on the Economist for two years before his first visit to the United States as a Harkness Fellow in 1962. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 1963 to 1974 and thereafter, until his retirement in 1998, taught at the University of Essex. He has several published works, the most recent of which is 'Signalling from Mars: Selected Letters of Arthur Ransome' (1997).
Reviews - What do customers think about The Penguin History of the USA: New edition?
Interesting perspective, great details Sep 4, 2007
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.
Be Careful about Editions! Apr 4, 2007
This is a solid survey of American history told in engaging prose. I agree with the other positive reviews.
ONE BIG CAVEAT: If you already possess Brogan's earlier surveys, the Longman History of USA (1985) or the Pelican History of the USA (1986), this is essentially the same book with a little updating for the 1980s.
Sweeping Review in Brief Mar 6, 2004
The idea of explaining American history in about 700 pages certainly is ambitious. I have to take my hat of to Hugh Brogan for even trying. On the whole, he manges to do a reasonable job of it. If you're like me and you feel that your school district let you down when it set out to teach you about your own history, give this book a try.
He brings a unique perspective in reviewing American history as a Briton. Not being a product of American society and not having grown up with all of the ingrained myths that we have about our own country, he's able to bring some important objectivity.
On certain topics, the book is necessarily brief. However, Brogan manages to hit the themes that are overarching in American history, such as the struggle of African Americans and the European relationship (or lack thereof) to Native Americans.
As a small aside, I was stunned by the fact that he never even mentions the fact that Americans placed the first humans on the moon. I don't see how he could cover Vietnam and Watergate in detial while ignoring this parallel story.
If you only read one book on American history... Jan 24, 2004
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.
Informative but a little flippant and rushed Jul 14, 2003
This book almost deserves 4 stars. Well written, informative, interesting. Unfortunately, the author moves through 400+ yrs all too quickly as well as jests and editorializes when words would be better spent imparting more information.
Although, I haven't yet found a better book. Outside of textbooks that is.
FYI, the author is British( i believe, not American for sure) so it is an outsiders perspective. Not bad or good, just different.