American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

Written by:
Colin Woodard
Narrated by:
Walter Dixon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2011
13 hours 0 minutes
An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth.

North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an 'American' or 'Canadian' culture, but rather into one of the eleven distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory.

In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations, which conform to neither state nor international boundaries. He illustrates and explains why 'American' values vary sharply from one region to another. Woodard reveals how intranational differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent's history, from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the 'blue county/red county' maps of recent presidential elections. American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our future.
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Jeremy Fisher

A good primer for how the different Americans think so differently.

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Strong & well-defended premise, covering US history from revolution to current times.

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Austin A.

The first about 2/3rds of the book is great. All historical fact. After that it becomes mostly the political leanings of the author, who is clearly a “Yankee” as he would describe in the book, demonstrating clear Yankee cultural traits in the latter 1/3. I still heavily recommend the book for that first bit which is very eye-opening, but make sure to go in with an understanding of the authors bent prior to the last 1/3. It is a shame the author didn’t keep an unbiased view until the end, this could have been one of the most revealing books of our generation. The narration is phenomenal. No complaints at all.

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The fact filled historical premise was very convincing. I was wondering why the Epilogue would even “wonder” how the country may look in the next 1-hundred years. Since the Nations have stayed intact this long, I’d think it would be a good bet they’d stay that way. At least 12 hours of the book would agree. Enjoyed the book very much, just puzzling Epilogue.

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