Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounts the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States-Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others-groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture.
From the role of black soldiers in preserving the Union to the history of Chinese Americans from 1900 to 1941, from an investigation into the issue of "illegal" immigrants from Mexico to a look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Takaki's work is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.
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by Ronald Takaki
by Mark Haskell Smith
by Jason Green, Mark Henneman, Dimitar Antov
by James R. Benn
by Douglas E. Richards
"Takaki's overview of the role of minorities in America's history--native, immigrant, racial, national, ethnic, and religious--clearly takes their side and sympathizes with their often appalling treatment but saves overt polemic for the conclusion. Peter Berkrot's narration, fittingly, adopts a tone of mostly understated sympathy. Quotations often suggest an accent or dialect--Hispanic, Southern, Irish, for example--a tactic that adds warmth and color but manages to skirt stereotyping by its subtlety. Berkrot's voice is a bit astringent but serviceable; his reading well paced, eloquent, and clear; his tone and expression are well matched to the text. Barring a few high-profile mispronunciations ("epi-stemology"), he gives a professional but personable reading of a history more Americans should know. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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