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A Different Mirror Audiobook

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

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Publisher's Summary

Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounts the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States---Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others---groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture. From the role of black soldiers in preserving the Union to the history of Chinese Americans from 1900 to 1941, from an investigation into the issue of "illegal" immigrants from Mexico to a look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Takaki's work is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

©1993 Carol Takaki (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore." (Kirkus)

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  • R.S.
    Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
    16/05/11
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    "A Necessary Mirror"

    This is an excellent book which provides a fascinating account of the many minorities, their attitudes, and the struggles, prejudices, hostilities and as well as acceptances encountered over a wide span of U.S. history. As immigrants to the United States from Mexico and other lands today face increasingly shrill hostility and restrictive laws, "A Different Mirror" is a necessary mirror that reflects a history that has been missed, if not entirely left out of the discussions about immigration and multiculturalism and the conventional historical narrative, or whatever exists thereof. Needless to say, this is a book which is sure to engender humility and compassion. It deserves a large audience. Although at the very start the production sounded a bit tinny, the sound quality and reading turned out to be exceptionally good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • austin escobedo
    09/04/15
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    "History lesson"

    This one book taught me more about our diverse nation, than 12 years of public school ever did! Highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paige
    24/11/16
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    "Very informative"

    Narration voice is great quality, doesn't sound robotic or rehearsed. Story is very interesting and informative. I hated history for a long time and this book gave me a fresh perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Carriker
    Aberdeen, WA USA
    21/11/16
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    "not the full book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you try another book from Ronald Takaki and/or Peter Berkrot?

    This audio does not have the full book. The book is 4 sections and it ONLY has 3!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy W Story
    23/06/15
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    "Great View of Americans"

    Takaki tells a basic US history course, but focuses on the contributions of blacks, natives, and immigrants. Its a good view on a familiar story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karlee
    18/04/16
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    "Boring"

    I had to read this sort a history class. Such a boring book. Hated every minute of it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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