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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: May 2010 ISBN: 9780739334522
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torieqwq | 12/17/2013

    " The author takes six different stories and weaves them together. I particularly liked the last section on Jessie Benton Fremont and her travels to California. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 12/5/2013

    " This was a 'could-not-put-down' read for me...I like his writing; follows a good timeline, add relevant facts regarding the period/date/person he is discussing and then smoothly comes back to the timeline and proceeds forwards. Very, very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 12/5/2013

    " I finally stopped reading this one. I found two factual errors in the first chapter, and found myself just irritated by the authors attempt to make these historical stories relevant by relating them to modern events (Obama, 9/11, Tea Partiers, etc.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dallin | 11/28/2013

    " 3.5 stars. An interesting look at hidden history. I definitely learned some new facts that tie in to bigger events in America's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mister Jones | 10/23/2013

    " Picked this up last week in the bargain bin at Publix; so far so good. Well-written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Gomez | 8/15/2013

    " It is actually 6 short independent stories, about important historical events. They are quite entertaining. It is very informative and because the stories are short it holds your interest while you learn about history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/3/2013

    " 6 episodes in history that aren't discussed frequently in history classes. Interesting reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 5/16/2012

    " Not much depth but Davis made some interesting historical connections & threads in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/29/2011

    " Very interesting--much that I did not know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MA | 5/8/2011

    " Davis does a great job, through six stories, of drawing parallels between the first half of the 19th century and today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kipahni | 4/29/2011

    " Reads like a history text book. still interesting to see that the birthers and religious terrorism occured even in the early american days "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 11/5/2010

    " This was a 'could-not-put-down' read for me...I like his writing; follows a good timeline, add relevant facts regarding the period/date/person he is discussing and then smoothly comes back to the timeline and proceeds forwards. Very, very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinnamon | 9/27/2010

    " Interesting portrait of some of history's "heroes"
    Very good look at how times and perceptions change, as how some who were viewed as heroes for years are now considered to be "villains" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/13/2010

    " this book was good. It is a great history book that goes over people who are less known. My favorite part was the part that was on aaron burr. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 7/7/2010

    " I finally stopped reading this one. I found two factual errors in the first chapter, and found myself just irritated by the authors attempt to make these historical stories relevant by relating them to modern events (Obama, 9/11, Tea Partiers, etc.) "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian and the author of the Don’t Know Much About® series with more than four million copies in print worldwide. He is a frequent media guest on national television and radio, has written for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.