Highly respected for its impeccable scholarship and elegant writing style, Alan Brinkley’s American History provides students and instructors with a reliable, comprehensive account of the American past in which no single approach or theme predominates. From its first edition, this text has included a scrupulous account of American political and diplomatic history. Today, the book explores areas of history such as social, cultural, urban, racial and ethnic history, the history of the West and South, environmental history, the history of women and gender, and American history in a global context. The twelfth edition of this text includes the McGraw-Hill’s hit Primary Source Investigator (PSI) cd-rom, with hundreds of sources and a program that walks students through how to write a paper using those sources as evidence.
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Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York, where he has taught since 1991. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard, and he has taught previously at M. I. T., Harvard, and the City University of New York Graduate School. His published works include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (Knopf, 1982), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (Knopf, 1995); and Liberalism and Its Discontents (Harvard, 1998). He is the co-author of New Federalist Papers (Norton, 1997), Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Knopf, 1997); and The Teacher’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom (Chicago, 1999—forthcoming). His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals and in such periodicals as the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Time, Newsweek, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and others; and he was the recipient of the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard. He is a trustee of the Twentieth Century Fund, a member of the national advisory board of the PBS series “The American Experience”, and a member of the editorial board The American Prospect. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the University of Torino (Italy). He was the 1998-1999 Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.
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