Hardcover: 784 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press; 1st edition (October 29, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Kurin has written a very interesting series of articles about these 101 objects and how they relate to the history of America. It's a brilliant and engaging analysis, well worth the cost and the strength to hold it in your lap.
Don't bother buying the Deluxe version. The videos won't tell you any additional information one couldn't get from reading the corresponding chapters. Other than that, I am enjoying the topics.
An excellent book: One of the best put out by The Smithsonian. Anyone, with an interest in American history, will find readingthis book a real treat.
I am about halfway through the book and am enjoying it very much. However, it is not just the history. I realize that it gives an emerging description of the American Character like no other book I have ever read. You can gaze at each object in detail, consider the respective narrative, and what comes through is a value base--i.e., what is held dearly-- which is distinctly American. I think this is shaped not only by what is gained ("manifest destiny") but by what is lost (the passenger pigeon and near-extinction of the buffalo).
What is not to love about anything Smithsonian? It is a coffee table book. Contents remind me of my many fond visits to the Smithsonian and Washington DC. Great glossy photos... Nice descriptions of artifacts.
I bought three copies of this book as Christmas gifts. I thought the premise was interesting and challenging--to portray the whole history of America in 101 objects. Maybe some events were dealt with rather superficially, but I had to keep in mind the goal and the limitations of utilizing only objects in the Smithsonian. All in all a good reminder of where we've been as a country.
This book will spark the interest of just about anybody. There are so many articles displayed in this book including the history behind the articles that it will occupy much of your time and reading enjoyment.Its a book you can place on a table top, and read at your pleasure or skip through and find a certain object in no particular order. I've had this book for about a week now and I've read just read about 2 objects. I've put the book aside for now, and the next day I want to sit and relax and learn a little something more about our history I will pick this book up and continue my read. I look forward to that very much.I will note that the photographs are very well presented, as also the text. Job well done Mr Kurin!
Saw the book in a magazine and it was $25.00 more there. I received the book in a timely manner, and while it was listed as in "good" condition, I would instead grade it as "like new/excellent." A great buy for the price. A lot there (about 800 pages) and am planning to hold on to it for 4 months and have one of my kids give it to me for father's day - so can't give it a 5 Star until I read it.
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (Smithsonian Handbooks) Giants on Record: America's Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History The Origins of Satellite Communications, 1945-1965 (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series) TALES OF WAR PILOT (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight) The Napoleonic Wars (Smithsonian History of Warfare) History: Human History in 50 Events: From Ancient Civilizations to Modern Times (World History, History Books, People History) (History in 50 Events Series Book 1) History: British History in 50 Events: From First Immigration to Modern Empire (English History, History Books, British History Textbook) (History in 50 Events Series Book 11) Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging: Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Cultural Objects (American Association for State and Local History) History Of The World In 100 Objects,A American History: The People & Events that Changed American History (People's History, American, United States of America, American Revolution, Patriot, United States History Book 1) Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection (Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge) A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens Landscape Wallcoverings (Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution) The Nation's Hangar: Aircraft Treasures of the Smithsonian A PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT KNEEL: Panama, the United States, and the San Blas Kuna (Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry) CONDITIONS NOT OF THEIR CHOOSING (Smithsonian Series in Ethnographic Inquiry)