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America A Narrative History by George B. Tindall and David E. Shi

This book covers American history from the aftermath of the Civil War until the 2000 presidential elections, which is about as close to ‘the present time’ as a history book can reach. (Volume 2 does not start with page 1, but picks up where Vol. 1 left off.)


I did not go forth and choose to read this book, as I did with other history overviews and biographies. Instead, I found it on the desk in the tutoring room, where someone else must have used it and abandoned it. I had no intention of reading it cover to cover. However, it’s a history book! I love history books! How could I ignore it? As a compromise, I decided to look at the pictures. Then I noticed something odd, but maybe I was imagining it. I decided to type a list of the pictures.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and 75 pictures times a thousand words is practically its own book. I can’t be the only one who flipped through this college text book and assumed the pictures would give me an overview. Therefore, I wondered if the pictorial overview gives a clear or distorted image of what America looks like.

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Tags: author: s, author: t, category: anthology, genre: non-fiction, subject: history
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