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Ronald Takaki's critically acclaimed A Different Mirror is a dramatic retelling of our nation's past that relates the history of America in the voice of its non-Anglo peoples, from Native Americans to Muslim refugees from Afghanistan.

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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.

"A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore." ---Kirkus

"[Berkrot's] reading [is] well paced, eloquent, and clear; his tone and expression are well matched to the text. . . . He gives a professional but personable reading of a history more Americans should know." ---AudioFile

A Different Mirror

A History of Multicultural America

Author Ronald Takaki

Narrated by Peter Berkrot

Publication date Mar 31, 2011

Running time 20 hrs

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