David H Montgomery (1927 - 2011) was a professor of history at Yale University. The Beginner's American History was intended by the author as an introduction to basic American history; it aims to provide the facts to those beginning the study of US history. Starting with Columbus, the book concludes with the chapter titled “Since the Civil War”. The author took care to state only those facts that are backed by authority. Thorough and well-researched, the work is a compact yet insightful text on the cultural, social and scientific developments as well as the events, incidents and politics that shaped the United States.