America - Empire Of Liberty

  • by David Reynolds
  • Narrated by David Reynolds
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This is the first of three audio volumes taken from the 90-part Radio 4 series. It tells the story of America through the voices of those who were there, from presidents to slaves. It celebrates the American achievement and evokes the sound and colour of daily life; it also explores the paradoxes of American history. through three themes - empire, liberty and faith - that together this vivid saga. PART ONE - from the beginnings to the start of the Civil War in 1861 The series is written and presented by David Reynolds - a prize-winning Cambridge historian whose previous work for the BBC includes the 2008 TV series Summits.


What the Critics Say

"Filled with the testimony of many who lived through these times, this history of America runs from the arrival of the Native Americans to the Civil War in 1861, exploring in 30 episodes the conflicting themes of empire, liberty and faith." (The Observer) "There are plenty of wars: against the natives, the French, the Spanish and, of course, the English, unused to wilderness warfare. One red-coat officer wrote home testily that 'no women follow our camp to wash our linen. We have to wash it ourselves'." (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Key to understanding U.S.

This really interesting title provides vivid descriptions and background to the critical early development of the world's only true Super power. America is a subject nobody can afford to ignore if they want to understand modern history and this audio book makes it really accessible.
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- Seeker

a good overview

This is the kind of book that gives all the information a novice in the field wants to know, without requiring much effort. Nicely divided into reasonably short chapters, so listening can be spread over many weeks without losing one's way.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited