The History of the United States, 2nd Edition : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses, Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher, Professor Patrick N. Allitt
  • Narrated by Professor Allen C. Guelzo Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Professor Gary W. Gallagher Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, Professor Patrick N. Allitt Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 43 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past - from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day.
While American history spans not much more than two centuries, it is filled with a wealth of leaders, wars, movements, inventions, and ideas - each of which contributed in its own unique way to America's transformation from 13 disparate colonies on the east coast of North America into a global superpower.
These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.
The lectures chart the five predominant themes that run throughout the chronicle of U.S. history:

The American passion for freedom-including religious, political, and economic freedom.
The pursuit of education, which has been the quintessential way for Americans to invent (and reinvent) themselves.
The unquestioned faith in the value of popular government.
The willingness of Americans to experiment with and adapt to new environments and situations.
The belief that the United States is a "city on the hill," a country the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Placing familiar historical events in the context of these overarching themes will help you see American history less as a series of separate events and more as a mosaic in which everything is interconnected.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


Audible Editor Reviews

The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, is by The Great Courses and is a historical audiobook part of their Modern History series. This book has been narrated by three award-winning leaders in U.S Studies – Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Professor Gary W. Gallagher and Professor Patrick N. Allitt. This all-encompassing study of The United States of America starts at its roots with European settlement to the tremendously powerful nation it is today. This is an essential listen for those attempting to understand its history, culture, people and role in world politics and economies. Available now from Audible.


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Excellent overview

What made the experience of listening to The History of the United States, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

It was a riveting overview of American History, with a good balance of political, social, and economic topics. It was so good that I've been listening to it at almost any spare moment when I've been walking, commuting, or cooking.

The lecturers were engaging teachers and the depth was just right for an introductory audio course - not too academic but also not dumbed down. I feel that I have a much better grasp of the broad sweep of American history and can now go on to learn in more depth about particular topics.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of the United States, 2nd Edition?

I particularly enjoyed the discussion of economic and social topics in the late 19th century as the US expanded westwards and became more industrialised. There were some wonderful lectures on the challenges of western expansion, the consequences of industrialisation, and the attitudes to gender of the time.

Any additional comments?

I wish the third lecturer had explained why the Democratic and Republican parties seem to have switched ideological places in the mid-twentieth century.

Also, audible should provide the option of buying the PDF guide that comes with Great Courses courses - it would be helpful for reviewing what I've learned.

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- Richard Batty

Good introduction, slightly uneven

This is a very long lecture series as their subject matter requires. The speakers are good and the lecture series covers history pretty well.

The only issue that I had was that not all history was covered evenly. Especially the modern part was slightly rushed. Also, the side of natives could have been covered a bit more. But it is understandable why they didn't have time, series is already 43+ hours.

Overall, definitely recommend this to anyone interested in US history who wants to get started.
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- Catlyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses