Product Description A much-needed, concise history of the United States of America by National Book Award winner Robert V. Remini This accessible and lively volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation. Beginning with the earliest travelers to landing the Americas, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES is a kind of highlight reel of U.S. history, including the migration of Native Americans, the founding of a republic under the Constitution, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the outbreak of terrorism here and abroad, all the way through the last years of George W. Bushâs presidencyâthe perfect read for those who are searching for an abbreviated version of our nationâs history, what shaped it, changed it, and what may be to come. Review âA masterful recounting of the Amercian experience from the discovery of the New World to the present. . . . It is a perfect history for our times.â (Robert Dallek, author of Nixon and Kissinger) âIn 2008, Americans face war, terrorism, recession and the rising economies of China and India. Yet the author avers there is still reason to hope for good leadership. Astute assessments of an evolving nation and ideal reading for November voters.â ( Kirkus Reviews) âProvides everything a casual (or bewildered) reader needs to know about the United States from the first English colonists until the beginning of 2008. . . . An objective narrative of this nationâs history that readers of all political stripes will appreciate.â ( Publishers Weekly) âOne of our great historians has now given us yet another great work. . . . [It] may be brief, but it is wise, eloquent and authoritative. Readers in search of a sprightly tour of the nationâs lives and times need look no farther than Reminiâs latest achievement.â (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House) From the Back Cover Robert V. Remini's A Short History of the United States is an abbreviated, accessible, lively, and erudite narrative history that contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation and its institutions. Racing across the centuriesâfrom the arrival and migration of Native Americans and the discovery of the New World by Europeans, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, up to the global conflicts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuriesâit is a fascinating overview of a great nation's epochs and missteps, and a celebration of its achievements, its unique and enduring strengths, and its abiding commitment to individual freedoms. About the Author Robert V. Remini is professor of history emeritus and research professor of humanities emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and historian of the United States House of Representatives. He is the winner of the National Book Award for the third volume of his study of Andrew Jackson, and he lives in Wilmette, Illinois.