The Penguin History of the United States of AmericaPaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 752 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 38mm | 440g
- Publication date: 1 November 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 014025255X
- ISBN 13: 9780140252552
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: maps
- Sales rank: 29,868
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.
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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).
By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008
"As someone who did sit through Hugh Brogan's lectures in the early 1980s, and found them interesting and informative,I would advise people to ignore the majority of the previous comment. Firstly, it's a history of the United States of America (the clue is in the words united and states), so if you want a pre-union history of native americans, english settlers, spanish explorers or Viking discoverers, then this isn't for you. Also if English spelling upsets you, best go for an Americanish book. It's a fine scholarly work.