The Americans in this book go back to the dawn of history and the coming of man. Here are the mound builders, the Mayans, the Incas, the Aztecs; here the American Indians and the Eskimos. These early chapters are filled with human interest stories, strange customs, strange ideas of beauty, communistic societies, totalitarian states. Then come the white men, Spaniards; Dutch, French, English, German, Italians, Irishmen. The book is entertaining and readable although the white man emerges with a black eye. An interesting background for American history, well humanized.