||Combined Volume: ISBN 0-07-303390-1
Hardcover, 34 Chapters, 1,056 pp.
Volume I: ISBN 0-07-303391-x
Paperback, Chapters 1-15 (To 1877), 544 pp.
Volume II: ISBN 0-07-303392-8
Paperback, Chapters 15-34 (Since 1865), 640 pp.
"Patterns of Popular Culture" boxes show popular culture throughout history with an emphasis on visual presentation (primarily photographs). Examples of topics include: Slaves' Music, Yellow Journalism, The Age of Swing, Rap Music, etc. Twenty-four in all, these essays will engage and invite students into the ages they are studying.
Expanded coverage of cultural history throughout the text.
"Where Historians Disagree" essays. Examples include: the debate over the size of the colonial population, the causes of the Great Depression, and Watergate.
Substantial revision of the final chapters to reshape the coverage of social, economic, and cultural issues, as well as to add recent events.
An increase in the number of illustrations, photos, and maps. All maps and charts now have captions.
Bibliographies and suggested readings have been updated and revised to include not only books and journals, but films and websites.
Authorship: Alan Brinkley's attention to historical scholarship, awareness of students' needs, and elegant prose style drives this book to its place among the best-sellers in the field.
Balance between political and cultural history: This book has adapted to the changing emphasis in the study of history throughout its 10 editions to present a full and balanced survey, and through careful editing remains appropriate for most courses in depth and length.
"Where Historians Disagree" essays: This series of essays sprinkled throughout the text provide students with a sense of how the evolving nature of historical scholarship informs our present-day interpretations.
"The American Environment" essays, written expressly for this text by noted environmental historian William Cronan, introduce students to this relevant and intriguing topic.