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For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum – out of many, one – has been featured on America’s official government seals and stamped on its currency. This was certainly a sweeping motto in the days before the Great Surveys, the first transcontinental telegraph, the Interstate Highways and the Internet. In The Men Who United the States, Simon Winchester treks vast swathes of his newly-adopted homeland, in the footsteps of the pioneering characters who sought to unify a growing number of disparate states, and ponders to what degree the historic (and ongoing) union has succeeded.
Simon Winchester is one of our most entertaining, insightful and probing observers, and will fascinate us with the story of how a sprawling piece of geography became one of the most powerful nations on earth.