The Men Who United the States

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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.



    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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