The Men Who United The States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, And Mavericks, And The…

Paperback | September 16, 2014

bySimon Winchester

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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.

How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.

Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together.

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Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings.How did America ...

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New York Times bestselling author Simon 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 transcontinental railroad and the great highway systems to show how these daring men from three centuries le...

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, includingThe Professor and the Madman,Atlantic,The Man Who Loved China,A Crack in the Edge of the World, andKrakatoa. In 2006, Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.82 inPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062079619

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from way cool approach Simon Winchester has that rep and he never disappoints. On this book he takes a very cool approach of dividing it up into themes of fire, water, metal, earth and wood. We go from Lewis & Clark (water) right up to the telegraph which eventually leads to today's Internet (metal). Just a terrific way of presenting the characters and events that led America on its route to uniting the nation.
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“The tales he weaves were more engaging than most contemporary fiction.”