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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, the Advantage Edition of THE AMERICAN PAST, Ninth Edition offers readers the complete narrative while limiting the number of photos, features, tables, and maps. Conlin's introductory American history book continues to offer a colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's past. Accessible and lively, it sets the story in political context, while providing balanced coverage of social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events. Consistent scholarship and a unique organization make this book comprehensive and manageable. The book benefits from Conlin's literary prose style, which lends a unifying voice that captures and holds readers' interest.
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Joseph Conlin was born in Philadelphia and educated at Villanova University (A.B.) and the University of Wisconsin (M.A., Ph.D.). He taught American history at half a dozen colleges and universities, spending most of his career at California State University, Chico. He was a Fulbright Professor in Rome and Salzburg and was twice Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Social History Centre at Warwick University, England. For 30 years (60 semesters), with a few subtracted for sabbaticals, he taught between one and four sections of the United States history survey course each term, a total of about 200 times. He won four awards for excellence in teaching. Conlin has written a dozen books, about 70 articles in scholarly journals and magazines of popular history, some 100 book reviews in a variety of journals, and more newspaper journalism than he can or cares to remember. Several of his published essays and one book were awarded "best of the year" prizes.
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