A Short History of the United States

  • by Robert V. Remini
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Offering an abbreviated, accessible, and lively narrative history of the United States, this erudite volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions.Robert V. Remini explores the arrival and migration of Native Americans; the discovery of the New World by Europeans and the establishment of colonies; the causes of the American Revolution; the founding of a republic under the Constitution; the struggle over slavery, which led to the Civil War; Reconstruction and the rise of big business; the emergence of the United States as a world power; the descent into the Great Depression; the global conflicts of the 20th century; and the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad.In addition, Remini explains the reasons for the nation's unique and enduring strengths, its artistic and cultural accomplishments, its genius in developing new products to sell to the world, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms.

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Very thorough, easy listen, heavy on US Presidents

This was an excellent listen. I have an hour long commute, and was actually looking forward to the trip because I had more listening to do. This book started at US Pre-History, but very quickly progressed into the politics of the US, and typically stayed in a "political" theme. Almost every single US presidential administrations were briefly, and some not-so-briefly were visited.

I would recommend this book to someone who appreciates a good nonfiction book, and has a good block of time available.

My one critical point: I wished there were more "sections." The audible player (my Windows Mobile 6.1 device) only showed 7 sections, so if you loose your place, and don't book-mark, you will jump back too far if you go back to the previous section. I wish the Producer created a new section for every chapter.
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- Craig

Difficult to listen to

I thought that the content of this book was o.k. Maybe a little heavy on the details and dates, but that information might be valuable to other readers. I had to quit listening to this because the narration is irritating. The narration is so rushed that it is difficult to listen to for over 5 minutes.
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- Shelley Morrison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio