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Publisher's Summary

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times best-selling 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. The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on Earth came together.
©2013 Simon Winchester (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By Andy on 10-30-13

deserves seven stars

The combination of wonderful writing, author as narrator and a wide range of interesting stories is an unbeatable combination. Moreover, Winchester goes beyond the major historical stories we are all familiar with, and illuminates a wide range of other people and events that played a role in forming the United States.

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By Linda on 02-15-14

Fascinating with Amazing Detail

Would you listen to The Men Who United the States again? Why?

Yes, there is so much interesting information contained in this book, that a second or third read wouldn't be out of the question, just for all of it to register.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Men Who United the States?

The account of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Have you listened to any of Simon Winchester’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not applicable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's not that kind of book, although it's full of chuckles.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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