The Soul of America

The Battle for Our Better Angels
Author(s): Jon Meacham
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: May 08, 2018
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Product Number: Z100136901
Released: May 08, 2018
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR The Christian Science Monitor Southern Living Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear-a struggle that continues even now. While the American story has not always-or even often-been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, "The good news is that we have come through such darkness before"-as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail. Praise for The Soul of America "Brilliant, fascinating, timely...?ith compelling narratives of past eras of strife and disenchantment, Meacham offers wisdom for our own time."-Walter Isaacson "Gripping and inspiring, The Soul of America is Jon Meacham's declaration of his faith in America."-Newsday "Meacham gives readers a long-term perspective on American history and a reason to believe the soul of America is ultimately one of kindness and caring, not rancor and paranoia."-USA Today


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The Soul of America
Product Number: BX00073327
Product Number:Z100136901
Product Number:DD38756

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Author(s): Jon Meacham
Narrator(s): Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
Product Number DD38756
Released: May 22, 2018
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ISBN: #9780525640035
Author(s): Jon Meacham
Product Number EB00719729
Released: May 08, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780399589836

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"A dual narration such as this one--with the author beginning and concluding the audiobook--can be tricky. The voice of the author settles independently on the listener. The tone of the work is carried on by the narrator. In this case, the hand-offs come off smoothly, and both author and narrator gracefully deliver the theme that we've been through dark times before (Alien and Sedition laws, the Civil War, the rise of the KKK, McCarthyism) and prevailed. Fred Sanders is a compelling narrator who brings these foundational American stories to life with admirable poise. He is especially good at reading famous texts as though they were new. His storytelling style enhances the meaning of Meacham's prose. This is an audiobook to listen to, absorb, and contemplate. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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