From Colony to Superpower

  • by George C. Herring
  • Narrated by Robert Fass
  • 40 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, this prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.
Robert Fass narrates George C Herring’s stunning history of successes and sometimes tragic failures with calm engagement, capturing the fast-paced narrative that illuminates the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and highlights its ongoing impact on the lives of ordinary citizens.
From Colony to Superpower is the most recent volume in the peerless Oxford History of the United States, which was described by the Atlantic Monthly as “state of the art” and “the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship.”
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. From Colony to Superpower is number XII in The Oxford History of the United States.


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Increasingly biased after 1900

I thought I was learning a lot from this survey until we got to the eras I already know pretty well. Then it went farther and farther off the rails. Did you know that the Bay of Pigs was Ike's fault? That Détente was a Kennedy-Johnson initiative rather than Nixon and Kissinger? That Iran-Contra was a much more significant part of Reagan's foreign policy than his Cold War politics? And so on.
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- Mark Grannis "Husband, father, and friend. Catholic and Libertarian. Lawyer and mediator. Hoya and Wolverine."

Sorry I Bought It

I need long books to listen to while I'm exercising and I like history so this looked good. Unfortunately, the author is so biased against the US that it's hard to listen to. I don't mind other viewpoints but this isn't a viewpoint, it's a rant. A really LONG rant.
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- Teadrinker "World Champion Parallel Parker"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios