Books: America, America

THE GREAT REPUBLIC by BERNARD BAILYN, DAVID BRION DAVIS, DAVID HERBERT DONALD, JOHN L. THOMAS, ROBERT H. WIEBE and GORDON S. WOOD 1,319 pages. Little, Brown. $20.

A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC by SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON, HENRY STEELE COMMAGER and WILLIAM E. LEUCHTENBURG 851 pages. Oxford University Press. $25.

In 1930 the late Samuel Eliot Morison and fellow Historian Henry Steele Commager published their first version of The Growth of the American Republic. The book swiftly became the standard by which competing histories were measured. Now, just as an abridged and updated...

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