American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

September 4, 2019 - Comment

• A New Republic Best Book of the Year • The Globalist Top Books of the Year • Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction • Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven “nations” that continue to shape North America

• A New Republic Best Book of the Year • The Globalist Top Books of the Year • Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction •

Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven “nations” that continue to shape North America

According to award-winning journalist and historian Colin Woodard, North America is made up of eleven distinct nations, each with its own unique historical roots. In American Nations he takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future. From the Deep South to the Far West, to Yankeedom to El Norte, Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in the composition of the U.S. Congress or on the county-by-county election maps of this year’s Trump versus Clinton presidential election.

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Anonymous says:

First two-thirds are excellent and well-balanced, the last third sadly not so I highly recommend this book, but I’m submitting a three-star review based on the book’s very weak and undisciplined finish. I thought the first two-thirds of the book provided a well-documented and well-thought-out presentation of America’s regional differences and the history behind those differences. It was truly enlightening, even for an historian like myself. When writing the last third, however, the author clearly lost his objective discipline. Whereas the first two-thirds were…

Anonymous says:

The mind-shifting I got from this book is the only thing that keeps me sane when I read the news. As I struggled to fathom what has happened to the US in the past year, this book came along and has begun to inform my thinking about how our current governmental scenario has developed.Understanding the point of view/world view of people of the various “nations” of North America has helped me to be a bit less reactive in my responses as decisions get made that I think are bonkers. But bonkers because I’ve come from my nation and they’ve come from theirs.Next challenge…

Anonymous says:

Warning against buying the audio version Just a word of warning about the Audible edition: there are far too many inaccuracies in the recorded version, inaccuracies which should have been corrected by re-recording. Some of the author’s words are changed by the narrator. Some are omitted, while occasionally some are added. Some words are misread in ways that either alter the entire meaning of the sentence or leave the listener wondering what in the world the sentence was supposed to mean. Some words are mispronounced. After listening…

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