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Quintessential Guide to the U.S. The American Panorama Published by Outskirts Press

Oxford-trained historian and international humanities instructor Michael H. Collins’ new field guide to understanding America today is an easy to use, but comprehensive work perfect for anyone visiting, immigrating to or studying the United States.

London, United Kingdom, December 13, 2011 --( Veteran writer, reviewer and university instructor Michael H. Collins announced today the release of The American Panorama, A Comprehensive Guide to the Culture of the United States, published by Outskirts Press. Collins’ meticulously researched new work is based on the premise that in today’s globalized world, everyone needs to understand at least two countries: theirs and the United States. The American Panorama is the essential guide to America.

Collins offers a readable and reliable resource for understanding the many different elements that make up America’s unique philosophy. By challenging preconceptions about America and reaffirming her strengths, the author provides a balanced, objective analysis of the country invaluable to either a summer tourist or an applicant for citizenship.

The American Panorama gives a solid exposition of the U. S. Constitution and details the workings of the American government. Collins also clarifies what Americans really believe about such hot-button issues as abortion and gay rights and he assesses frankly the amount of actual power Christian fundamentalism wields over American political and cultural life.

The truth about violence in America is also candidly discussed, and Collins lays out how a wave of recent reform has led to a sharp drop in the nation’s crime rate. While cutting no corners on the hard details of the country’s internal issues and international strategies, Collins also takes time to celebrate America’s movies and musicals, its fondness for baseball and its contribution to the arts.

“Michael Collins has created word images so vivid it is almost like living in the action. The depth of the research is astonishing! There is more to be learned about the American culture here than in any other source I’ve found. The topics are broad, but woven together brilliantly, keeping me continuously engaged.” - Jim R. Graham, international marketing guru

The American Panorama is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback ISBN: 978-1-4327-4533-2 SRP: $37.95
6.14 x 9.21 hardback with jacket 978-1-4327-4045-0 $49.95
Genre: Culture/American/general

About the author:

For a number of years, Michael H. Collins has taught students around the world, promoting a greater understanding of America, its achievements and its future. His books include St. George in English History. He lives in London and can be contacted at

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