Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood


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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Colin Woodard, a New York Times bestselling author and historian, is the state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Smithsonian, Politico, and dozens of other publications. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he is the author of American Nations, American Character, The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates, and Ocean's End. He lives in Maine.


Praise for Union
"Ambitious and accessible. . . . This enlightening and character-driven account will resonate with progressive history buffs."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for American Nations

2012 Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction
The New Republic Best Books of 2011
The Globalist Best Books of 2011

"Mr. Woodard's approach is breezier than Mr. Fischer's and more historical than Mr. Garreau's, but [Woodard] has earned a place on the shelf between them."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Compelling and informative."
--The Washington Post

"One of the most original books I read in the last year was American Nations. . . . During my five years as an ambassador in the United States, I spent a lot of time studying the voting patterns of different states and reading American history, and I have to say I find Woodard's thesis to be fully borne out by my own observations."
--John Bruton, former European Union ambassador to the United States

"Incredible perspective on North and Central America."
--Jack Dorsey, founder and CEO, Twitter

"A eye opening experience for me. . . . Many Americans say they love their country. The question is -- which country are they talking about."
--Chai Feldblum, former commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

"In a compelling mash-up of the contemporary political geography of authors like Joel Garreau and Dante Chinni with the ethnography and history of David Hackett Finscher (Albion's Seed), [Colin] Woodard divides North America into eleven distinct "nations." . . . [A] fascinating new ethnographic history of North America."
--Alec MacGillis, The New Republic

"American Nations pulls off the unlikely feat of both offering the tools for just such a broader, deeper understanding--and demonstrates why, in a larger sense, that effort is doomed....The key to the [American Nations]'s effectiveness is Woodard's skill--and irreverence--in delving into history with no qualms about being both brisk and contrarian....[I]n offering us a way to better understand the forces at play in the rumpus room of current American politics, Colin Woodard has scored a true triumph. I am going to order copies for my father and sister immediately--and I hope Woodard gets a wide hearing for his fascinating study."
--The Daily Beast

"[Colin] Woodard offers a fascinating way to parse American (writ large) politics and history in this excellent book."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In American Nations, [Colin Woodard] persuasively reshapes our understanding of how the American political entity came to be. . . . [A] fascinating new take on history."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Provocative reading."
--The News & Observer

"Well-researched analysis with appeal to both casual and scholarly readers."
--Library Journal

"Fascinating. . . . Engrossing. . . . In the end, though, [American Nations] is a smart read that feels particularly timely now, when so many would claim a mythically unified "Founding Fathers" as their political ancestors."
--The Boston Globe

"Woodard persuasively argues that since the founding of the United States, 11 distinct geographical "nations" have formed within the Union, each with its own identity and set of values."
--Military History Quarterly

"Woodard's account of American history is a refreshing take, and one I'd recommend to those curious of what causes our cultural differences."
--Montana Kaimin

"[C]ontroversial and thought-provoking. . . . This is an important sociological study."
--Morning Sentinel

"[F]or people interested in American history and sociology, American Nations demands reading. . . . American Nations is important reading."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch