The Americas: A Hemispheric History - Felipe Fernández-Armesto Really a great introduction to the hemispheric approach to American history, perfect for teaching and for those who don't have much background in the history of the hemisphere. I wanted to rate it higher, but there were several oddities that made me feel like he wasn't as well versed in the literature as he needed to be, which then made me doubt stuff that I don't have an expertise in. (E.g., he underplays the significance of the post-contact demographic catastrophe; has a simplistic definition of Empire; claims that the U.S. abandoned empire building after WWI; etc.). Still recommend it, but was less enthusiastic by the end.