ISBN 9780007532407,The Men Who United The States

The Men Who United The States


William Collins



William Collins

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780007532407

ISBN-10 0007532407


Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)


For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum-out of many, one-has been featured on Americas official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become one nation, indivisible? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify America and the pioneers who have toiled fearlessly to discover, connect and bond the citizens and geography of the USA from its beginnings. Winchester follows in the footsteps of Americas most essential explorers, thinkers and innovators, including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Truckee to Laramie, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing these fascinating men and others-some familiar, some forgotten, some hardly known-who played a pivotal role in creating todays United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded and to what degree. The Men Who United the States is a fresh, lively and erudite look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together, from one of our most entertaining, probing and insightful observers.