The Men Who United the States

The Men Who United the States

Synopsis

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.

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Chapters

  • 001 The Men Who United the States intro title
    Duration: 21s
  • 002 Dedication
    Duration: 01min
  • 003 Authors Note
    Duration: 02min
  • 004 Preface
    Duration: 19min
  • 005 PART I WHEN AMERICA WAS DOMINATED BY WOOD
    Duration: 07min
  • 006 Drawing a Line in the Sand
    Duration: 22min
  • 007 Peering Through the Trees
    Duration: 14min
  • 008 The Frontier and the Thesis
    Duration: 15min
  • 009 The Wood Was Become Grass
    Duration: 16min
  • 010 Encounters with the Sioux
    Duration: 15min
  • 011 First Lady of the Plains
    Duration: 06min
  • 012 High Plains Rafters
    Duration: 05min
  • 013 Passing the Gateway
    Duration: 19min
  • 014 Shoreline Passage
    Duration: 12min
  • 015 PART II WHEN AMERICA_S STORY WENT BENEATH THE EARTH
    Duration: 05min
  • 016 The Science That Changed America
    Duration: 04min
  • 017 Drawing the Colors of Rocks
    Duration: 03min
  • 018 The Wellspring of Knowledge
    Duration: 09min
  • 019 The Tapestry of Underneath
    Duration: 06min
  • 020 Setting the Lures
    Duration: 09min
  • 021 Off to See the Elephant
    Duration: 14min
  • 022 The West, Revealed
    Duration: 16min
  • 023 The Singular First Adventure of Kapurats
    Duration: 27min
  • 024 The Men Who Gave Us Yellowstone
    Duration: 18min
  • 025 Diamonds, Sex, and Race
    Duration: 41min
  • 026 PART III_ WHEN THE AMERICAN STORY TRAVELED BY WATER
    Duration: 14min
  • 027 The Streams Beyond the Hills
    Duration: 16min
  • 028 The Pivot and the Feather
    Duration: 13min
  • 029 The First Big Dig
    Duration: 16min
  • 030 The Wedded Waters of New York
    Duration: 34min
  • 031 The Linkman Cometh
    Duration: 15min
  • 032 That Ol_ Man River
    Duration: 29min
  • 033 PART IV_ WHEN THE AMERICAN STORY WAS FANNED BY FIRE
    Duration: 15min
  • 034 Rain, Steam, and Speed
    Duration: 06min
  • 035 The Annihilation of the In-Between
    Duration: 12min
  • 036 The Immortal Legacy of Crazy Judah
    Duration: 41min
  • 037 Major Eisenhower_s Epiphanic Expedition
    Duration: 26min
  • 038 The Colossus of Roads
    Duration: 25min
  • 039 And Then We Looked Up
    Duration: 08min
  • 040 The Twelve-Week Crossing
    Duration: 19min
  • 041 PART V_ WHEN THE AMERICAN STORY WAS TOLD THROUGH METAL
    Duration: 09min
  • 042 The Man Who Tamed the Lightning
    Duration: 29min
  • 043 The Signal Power of Human Speech
    Duration: 11min
  • 044 With Power For One and All
    Duration: 32min
  • 045 Lighting the Corn Powering the Prairie
    Duration: 16min
  • 046 The Talk of the Nation
    Duration: 20min
  • 047 Making Money From Air
    Duration: 20min
  • 048 Television_ The Irresistible Force
    Duration: 21min
  • 049 The All of Some Knowledge
    Duration: 20min
  • 050 Epilogue
    Duration: 11min
  • 051 Acknowledgements
    Duration: 02min
  • 052 Credits
    Duration: 46s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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