The Oxford History of the American People

The Oxford History of the American People

by Samuel Eliot Morison

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ISBN-13: 9780451616555
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/1972
Series: History of the American People Series
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Oxford History of the American People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Morrison, has done an excellent job in creating the Definitive American History. It is concise, yet broad. It reads very quickly, but will hold you for the days it will take to take it all in. There are no slow parts, yet Morrison has covered all of the bases, and most of the outfield of this field. A must-have for any serious History Student.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a 1000+ page volume which covers everything from the Origin of Man to John F. Kennedy so it contains a ton of information. It's not a book I would sit down and read but it's a great reference.
PhyllisHarrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Samuel Eliot Morison was a prolific writer specializing in military history and is to be commended for bringing forgotten or little-known parts of our history to our experience, if only by mentioning them in his books. Later editions of this book break the time periods down more, perhaps to shorten the length or maybe to add detail, but this 1000+ page volume covers everything from the Origin of Man in America to John F. Kennedy. Being so ambitious, it was bound to be superficial on some subjects. He does include over fifty songs and some wonderful illustrations, but my difficulty is more with the inaccuracies. Granted, more research and primary documents have come to light since the 1960s and even since his death in the 1970s. It may be the non-specific language or the floating back and forth from one period to another, for example, one sentence referring to 1626 and the next stating that the United Provinces of the Netherlands had "lately won their independence from Spain" (this would not happen for another 22 years). This book is interesting and informative about many things but should not be accepted as the last word on historical fact. Being a stickler for detail, I would treat this book more as an intersting overview and not really as non-fiction.