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In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit, Fernandez-Armesto covers a range of cultural, political, and social subjects, taking us from the dawn of human migration to North America to the Colonial and Independence periods to the "American Century" and beyond.
In the end, Fernandez-Armesto does nothing less than revise the conventional wisdom about cross-cultural exchange, conflict, and interaction, making and supporting some brilliantly provocative conclusions about the Americas' past and where we are headed.
Praise for The Americas
"An imaginative, intelligent and sprightly volume that, in the space of some two hundred pages, races through the history of the Western hemisphere--from prehistoric times to the present."
--THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
"This wonderfully sharp and provocative book should become essential reading for anybody interested in the history of America."
--THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(London)
"Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality. . . . History written at its best." --BOOKLIST