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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the dramatic period from 1800 through 1850, the United States emerged from its inauspicious beginning as a tiny newborn nation, to a near-empire that spanned the continent. It was a time in which the “dream of our founders” spread in ways that few men of that Revolutionary Generation could possibly have imagined. And it was an era that led to the great, tragic conflagration that followed—the American Civil War.

The narratives that form A Nation Rising each exemplify the “hidden history” of America, exploring a vastly more complex path to nationhood than the national myth of a destiny made manifest by visionary political leaders and fearless pioneers. Davis explores:

  • Aaron Burr’s 1807 trial, showcasing the political intrigue of the early Republic
  • An 1813 Indian uprising and an ensuing massacre
  • A mutiny aboard the slave ship Creole
  • The “Dade Massacre” and the start of the second Seminole War
  • The bloody “Bible Riots” in Philadelphia
  • The story of Jessie Benton Frémont and Lt. John C. Frémont

This audiobook is not only riveting storytelling in its own right but a stirring reminder of the ways in which our history continues to shape our present.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bernadette | 2/15/2014

    " Great book highlighting many untold stories in American history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christy Stewart | 2/13/2014

    " Really dry. It would have been digestable if it were just a list of time-lines. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David R. | 1/18/2014

    " Very disappointing. Davis cherry picks six mostly obscure "incidents" (one -- the last -- barely qualifies) designed to put the darkest possible spin on certain historical figures and Americans overall. One dimensional in the extreme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leif Erik | 12/17/2013

    " Well written account of now obscure American history. Entry level material if you majored in History or fancy yourself a historian; Aaron Burr, the Creek & Seminole Wars, the Know Nothing party's rise, etc. Particularly recommended for people who don't see the harm in putting Bibles in schools. "

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