The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

Front Cover
HarperCollins, Oct 15, 2013 - History - 496 pages
160 Reviews

For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum—"Out of many, one"—has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become "one nation, indivisible"? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men, some famous, some forgotten, left their mark on America's natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work.

Winchester follows the footsteps of America's most crucial innovators, thinkers, and explorers, from Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys of the West to the builders of the first transcontinental railroad and the curmudgeonly civil engineer who oversaw the creation of more than three million miles of highway. Winchester travels across vast swaths of the American landscape, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Truckee to Laramie, using the five classical elements—Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal—to chart the contributions these adventurous leaders made to connect the diverse communities within the United States and ensure the future of the American project begun in 1776.

The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history, led by one of our most gifted writers.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
37
4 stars
74
3 stars
38
2 stars
9
1 star
2

Great, educational read. - Goodreads
What an idiotic premise. - Goodreads
Very good writing by Winchester. - Goodreads
Full of interesting insights. - Goodreads
A good storyteller, Winchester research is presented in - Goodreads
Love Simon Winchester's writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

User Review  - itpdx - Goodreads

I like history told with a theme. Winchester organizes this book around the expeditions and inventions that linked what is now the United States together. He is a relatively new citizen of the US and ... Read full review

Review: The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

User Review  - Todd Stockslager - Goodreads

Review title: The metal of the men with the mettle to become Americans Winchester, a native of England, married to the daughter of a citizen of Japan, became in 2013 a naturalized US citizen. In his ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Mr. Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

Bibliographic information