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This book will appeal to readers with a deep interest in American history and a curiosity about the roots of the unique cultural values and mores of each region of America. Excellent and revealing scholarship which has insughts for understanding even 21st Century life, politics, and religion.
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Fisher offers a well-supported thesis on the effect of the westward movement on the development of an open society in America. The book mixes theory, historical social trends, and lots of interesting stories. It skips back and forth in time as it moves from topic to topic, but it never seems jarring. I learned a great deal about Virginia's influence on other, younger settlements. My only qualm is the narrator's incorrect pronunciations of some Virginia cities and counties, such as the City of Staunton, Botetourt County, and Loudoun County. Other than that, a first-rate reading of a first-class book.