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The Men Who United the States

America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, And Mavericks, And The Creation Of One Nation, Indivisible

By Simon author Winchester

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.


Format: Book
Author: Winchester, Simon author
Summary: Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
Title: The men who united the States : America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible / Simon Winchester.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Subject: Explorers -- United States. Inventors -- United States Inventions -- United States United States -- History
Isbn: 9780062079602 (hardcover) 0062079603 (hardcover) 0062079603 9780062079602
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Format: Book
Author: Winchester, Simon author.
Summary: Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
Title: The men who united the States : America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible / Simon Winchester.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Description: xxv, 463 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: Explorers -- United States.
Subjects: Inventors -- United States
Subjects: Inventions -- United States
Subjects: United States -- History
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-449) and index.
Contents: When America's story was dominated by wood, 1785-1805. A view across the ridge ; Drawing a line in the sand ; Peering through the trees ; The frontier and the thesis ; The wood was become grass ; Encounters with the Sioux ; First lady of the plains ; High plains rafters ; Passing the gateway ; Shoreline passage -- When America's story went beneath the Earth, 1809-1901. The lasting benefit of harmony ; The science that changed America ; Drawing the colors of rocks ; The wellspring of knowledge ; The tapestry of underneath ; Setting the lures ; Off to see the elephant ; The west, revealed ; The singular first adventure of Kapurats ; The men who gave us Yellowstone ; Diamonds, sex, and race -- When the American story traveled by water, 1803-1900. Journeys to the fall line ; The streams beyond the hills ; The pivot and the feather ; The first big dig ; The wedded waters of New York ; The linkman cometh ; That ol' man river -- When the American story was fanned by fire, 1811-1956. May the roads rise up ; Rain, steam, and speed ; The annihilation of the in-between ; The immortal legacy of Crazy Judah ; Colonel Eisenhower's epiphanic expedition ; The colossus of roads ; And then we looked up ; The twelve-week crossing. When the American story was told through metal, 1835-tomorrow. To go, but not to move ; The man who tamed the lightning ; The signal power of human speech ; With power for one and all ; Lighting the corn, powering the prairie ; The talk of the nation ; Making money from air ; Television: the irresistible force ; The all of some knowledge.
ISBN: 9780062079602 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0062079603 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0062079603
ISBN: 9780062079602
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Call Number: 973 Win