"Simon Winchester never disappoints, and The Men Who United
the States is a lively and surprising account of how this
sprawling piece of geography became a nation. This is America from
the ground up. Inspiring and engaging." -Tom Brokaw
How did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this
monumental history, Simon Winchester brings together the
breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who toiled
fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States
from its very beginnings.
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. He travels across the American landscape, 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.