In this acclaimed short survey, Sinclair concentrates on the qualities that transformed America from nothing more than a network of trading posts to the most single powerful nation in the world. He traces the origins of the American ideal, the rural-urban conflict, the rise of the two great political parties, and analyses the effect of Puritanism on the national character. Updated and fully revised this classic takes the reader on a historical journey from Columbus to Obama.
Though America is a new country by the standards of earlier civilisations, its history makes up in breadth, dynamism and sheer flamboyance what it lacks in actual duration; for only a few centuries ago the most powerful single nation in the world was nothing more than a network of trading-posts. In this acclaimed short survey, Andrew Sinclair concentrates on those qualities in the American people that made their country's rapid transition not only possible but inevitable. He combines awareness of real issues with concern for documented fact. Instead of presenting us with a mere catalogue of dates, he traces the origins of the American ideal, the rural-urban conflict, the rise of the two great political parties, and analyses the effect of Puritanism on the national character. He also explains American attitudes in the age of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Updated and fully revised, this classic guides the reader on a literary journey through America's history, from Columbus to the country's first black President.