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Glory and the Dream Paperback – September, 1984
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About the Author
William Manchester (1922-2004) was an award-winning American author, biographer, and historian and a professor emeritus of history at Wesleyan University. Among his many New York Times bestselling books are A World Lit Only by Fire; The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar; Goodbye, Darkness; and The Last Lion, a multi-volume biography of Winston Churchill. He was also a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
By the time of the Bay of Pigs and Kennedy's handling of the missile crisis, I was in graduate school and only found out something was happening by the absence of groceries on grocery store shelves. It was interesting to learn about what happened when I wasn't paying attention to anything but reading and writing.
FOUND IT ESPECIALLY FASCINATING, AS BEING BORN IN 1945, IT WAS LIKE RELIVING ALL THE COMPLICATED DECADES OF MY LIFE.
AT HIGH SCHOOL EVEN THE SECOND WORLD WAR SEEMED LIKE A CENTURY AGO TO ME. THE TEACHING WAS BORING, THOUGH SUPPOSEDLY I ATTENDED A "PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL", CLOSELY TIED TO UCLA.
A SHAME THAT MR. MANCHESTER DID NOT WRITE EVEN MORE BOOKS. THOUGH SOME REVIEWS FOUND IT RATHER FRIVOLOUS AND SUPERFICIAL, I FOUND IT TERRIBLY ENLIGHTENING AND HELPFUL IN MY UNDERSTANDING OF "CURRENT HISTORY"
KUDOS TO WILLIAM MANCHESTER WHEREVER HE MAY BE!!
"Glory" presents in an engaging way many aspects of American history - political, diplomatic, military, cultural, and social - for the years 1932 through 1972 - from the Great Depression to Watergate. WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the urban riots and the campus uprisings of the 60s are all explained in Manchester's clear, crisp style. Any generation of living Americans can appreciate this book - the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millenials will all learn something and be entertained as they do. Gen X-ers and Millenials, do you want to understand what profoundly shaped your grandparents and parents? What makes them tick? Read this book. Chances are good that you learned little of this in history class, even if you were a history major. Academic history today is largely obsessed with race, gender, class, and, more and more, sexual orientation. Even a cursory review of their journals, monographs (scholarly books), and conference sessions proves that.
Americans are really ignorant of their history and their historical memory is getting worse, not better. Reading this book would be a good anti-dote. (Take a look at the Wikipedia entry about Manchester to see how qualified he was to write this book. He lived these decades and, for many of these years was an insider who knew most of the key players in politics. Politically, he leaned to the left, but, as a conservative, I found his accounts to be very fair.)
So what about the length? The reader can take one of two approaches: (1) Just read one part at a time and put the book down for awhile or (2) just skip the parts that don't interest you (I found some of the social and cultural sections to be too filled with detail. When that happened I just skipped ahead in the book. It does not diminish the reading experience at all.)
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