The Men Who United The States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisib

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The Men Who United The States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisib

by Simon Winchester

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 15, 2013 | Hardcover |

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For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum-"Out of many, one"-has been featured on America''s official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men, some famous, some forgotten, left their mark on America''s natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work.

Winchester follows the footsteps of America''s most crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys of the West to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements-Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal-to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776.

The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led by one of our most gifted writers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062079603

ISBN - 13: 9780062079602

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The Men Who United The States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisib

by Simon Winchester

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062079603

ISBN - 13: 9780062079602

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For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum-"Out of many, one"-has been featured on America''s official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men, some famous, some forgotten, left their mark on America''s natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work.

Winchester follows the footsteps of America''s most crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys of the West to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements-Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal-to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776.

The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led by one of our most gifted writers.

About the Author

Simon Winchester has written works based on his travels through Africa, India and Hong Kong, including The River at the Center of the World (1996), about his trip along the Yangtze River. He has also written The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, and served as the Asia-Pacific editor for Conde Nast Traveler. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.

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"[I]nformative and absorbing" (The Oregonian (Portland))
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