This epic narrative tells the saga of the United States through the voices of those who lived it - presidents and farmers, mothers and children, settlers and soldiers, immigrants and Native Americans.
This is also the story of how ordinary Americans lived, worked and had fun - with fascinating snapshots of H.J. Heinz, Buffalo Bill, skyscrapers, baseball, the Flappers and Gone with the Wind.
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"This is easy-to-digest history in bite-size 15 minute chunks, delivered with enthusium and an ear for anecdote." (The Guardian)
Fantastic series that focuses on the individuals which triggered, or best represented, a significant event or movement in American history rather than purely following a strict chronology. Does a great job of humanising the events in a very balanced and non-judgemental way. Very easy to listen to and gives plenty of detail but never becomes bogged down. Highly recommended.
"lively history and convictions"
The author (David Reynolds) proposes a history of US exclusively oriented on the freedom theme. Each episode focuses on one aspect of a particular period (he does not pretend to be exhaustive), in the form of an audio documentary built with various authentics sources (such as speeches, letters, etc., read by professional actors or recorded on the radio or TV). David Reynolds clearly is a supporter of the American ideal and the whole series (volumes 1 to 3) shows a progression from freedom for some towards freedom for all. Some might not agree with his thesis, still the audiobook is wonderfully executed.
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