Beginning with the pre-Columban world and factors which led to the discovery of and flight to the New World, Mr. Miller presents his new history. (He is the author of The United States; the History of a Republic). Avoiding the pitfalls of modern or extremist historical interpretations Mr. Miller has wisely chosen to synthesize safe assumptions in the meager theoretical framework provided. His emphasis is upon people, events and economics. At the end of the book which closes with interstellar explorations and their political consequences, the reader is left with an admiration for the richness of American history and the nobility of its values.