- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 57 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: June 13, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001B5T8E2
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The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972 Audible – Unabridged
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In between, across 1300 pages, (excluding index and exhaustive bibliography) "The Glory and the Dream" chronicles the American Century's meatiest, most eventful years (1932-72). Manchester details a diary for and about what he called the "swing generation" but whom ex-NBC-TV anchorman Tom Brokaw (who cited Manchester as an influence) christened "the Greatest Generation."
These men and women endured and thrived through what, against Manchester's narrative, seemed (except for the relatively tranquil late 1950s) a non-stop whirlwind of hardship. Painting in broad strokes by economic numbers Manchester reveals compelling pictures of the Depression, bank and crop failures, Franklin Roosevelt's election and the New Deal, World War II, and the Korean and Cold Wars. He also includes near month by month chronicles and analysis on America's roots and involvement in the Vietnam War and Watergate, which takes up most of the book's final third. And of course, he addresses the still-shocking days of rage, murder, and decaying social fabric in the late 1960s.
Manchester's storytelling is expertly paced, foreshadowing careers of 20th century icons like Nixon, JFK, Marilyn Monroe and even the Edsel.Read more ›
This truly is a masterful and magisterial historical narrative of the period of time from the onset of the Depression to the climax of the Watergate scandal; all the color and detail one would want from a work purporting to cover such a momentous time span in our recent national melodrama is here in spades. His prose style is at once both erudite and immensely readable, and he always seems conversational even when discussing matters that are delicate or controversial. Whether discussing the momentous details of FDR's "New Deal", the daring and cunning of the Japanese in carrying out the attack on Pearl Harbor, the sad and sorrowful political potshots taken by scurrilous swine like Joe McCarthy during the House Un-American Activities Committee or the quizzically vengeful approach taken by insiders during the Nixon years, Manchester consistently steers us knowingly and safely through the rocks and shoals of domestic history, avoiding veering into the controversial reefs and coral that can rip us to shreds with partisan political revisionism and politically-correct views.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this to my grandfather and we listened / read together. Really cool to hear the history and talk about it together.Published 2 months ago by James Dillard
Hands down one of the best non fiction books I've ever read. I was turned onto this book after reading The Last Lion: Alone.Published 4 months ago by Brian
I'm often asked, "What book would you take with you on a desert island?"
I answer, "A book on 'How to escape from a desert island. Read more
already had it in 1976 loanedbut didnt get it back - great book, this is3rd tme i bought it.Published 4 months ago by roald l williams
Exactly what it is...A narrative history. This book is very entertain yet powerful. I especially suggest this book strongly for those who don't know much about this period. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynn E. Sykes
Probably the best work of American history written in the last 50 years. Engrossing and fast paced; hard to put it down. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Bennett