Actually this is a misleading title, as it refers only to that area now known as the United States - while compassing the story from Columbus to the United Nations. From the historical and chronological view point, it is inevitably superficial given to generalizations (rose-spectacled ones). The intention, however, is to give a quick once-over-lightly to tie together the multitude of things a third grader is supposed to absorb about his country. There is a highspot historical outline, hints of economical factors and regional developments, personalities -and there is inclusion of such vital bits as the Preamble to the Constitution, the lists of the presidents with dates, words and music of the Star Spangled Banner, brief captions on legendary heroes, and so on. A useful handbook to supplement beginning history. Plus sale as a ""syllabus"" for Americanization courses for foreigners.