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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Feiler Narrator: Bruce Feiler Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780061966965
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The exodus story is America's story.

Moses is our real founding father.

In this groundbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler travels through touchstones in American history and traces the biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through today. Feiler visits the island where the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower where the Liberty Bell was inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the Underground Railroad where "Go Down, Moses" was the national anthem of slaves, and dons the robe Charlton Heston wore in The Ten Commandments.

One part adventure story, one part literary detective story, one part exploration of faith in contemporary life, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver Screen to the Oval Office, to understand how Moses shaped the nation's character. America's Prophet is a thrilling original work of history that will forever change how we view America, our faith and our future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a smart, original, and deeply intriguing reflection on the role Moses played—yes, Moses—in US history. America’s Prophet is Bruce Feiler as his innovative best: compelling, sweeping, and engaging. Highly recommended.”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • America’s Prophet is one of the most original, intelligent, and endlessly fascinating books I have read in years: it should become a set book for anyone wanting to know what truly makes America tick.”

    Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With a journalist’s eye and an adventurer’s spirit, Bruce Feiler brings his prodigious gifts of biblical analysis to a reconsideration of Moses as the essential prophet of the American Experience. This is an accessible and engaging book of indispensable insight.”

    Tony Horwitz, New York Times bestselling author

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shai Sachs | 2/12/2014

    " Pretty fascinating! I'd never really thought about all of these references, but synthesized in this way, they certainly make sense. There were some parts where I thought he was stretching a bit to make his point, but on the whole, quite an interesting theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/12/2014

    " Never realized the extent Moses influenced the history of America. The impact on the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement were fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting idea. He compares the Moses story to the history of American. He makes some very insightful parallels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/23/2014

    " America's Prophet provides a wonderful, refreshing, novel view of America's history. Bruce Feiler takes the reader from William Bradford ("leader" of the first Pilgrims who landed at Plimoth) to George Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr. to George W. Bush... and explains clearly and concisely how they relate to Moses. It was amazing to read how much strength and influence America's leaders, past and present, draw from the Exodus story; and how greatly that story continues to influence our nation today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drick | 1/16/2014

    " Bruce Feiler shows how the figure of Moses and the event of the Exodus as recorded in the Bible has been a dominant recurring theme in U.S. history from the time of the Puritans to the present. While I was aware of the Mosaic metaphor in the underground railroad and the Civil Rights movement, I was unaware that the same metaphor has been applied to the Puritans, George Washington, Abe Lincoln and a host of other events. Feiler writes in a very accessible style and peppers his insights with local anecdotes that make this a fun and informative read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roseanne | 1/15/2014

    " I got a very good and informative insight on the forming of the US really emphasizing our Judeo-Christian belief system. A lot of it I already knew but also a lot new information and revelations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 12/31/2013

    " Cataloging the spectrum of political uses to which Americans have put the Exodus story, including the Mayflower Compact, Liberty Bell, Slaveholders, Slaves, Freemasons, Abolitionists, Superman, Isolationists, American Jews, Neo-Cons and Progressives. And Charlton Heston, as Moses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn Wynne | 12/29/2013

    " Consistently good books! It was a bit difficult to get in to, but by the end of the book, I was seeing the story of Moses in my own life! I am not sure if some of it was a stretch or not, but the way Feiler writes, that did not matter. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/14/2013

    " As a Jew born and raised in this country, this book gave me a new feeling about being "American". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/4/2013

    " Wow...lot of good information in this book but, dang, it was boringly written. I found it incredibly difficult to get through but I was happy I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 3/20/2013

    " I find hisory amazing and I like the way this book was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 1/12/2013

    " An interesting, thought-provoking read of heretofore history I'd never been taught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Remley | 12/10/2012

    " Was very good. Never realized this whole Moses influence on American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter Kuriger | 11/14/2012

    " Amazing to learn how intertwined Moses is to our countries history. Excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 3/18/2012

    " I didn't realize how often Moses is used as a symbol or as a motivator factor in American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/16/2012

    " A pretty powerful book where the author makes analogies between the biblical Moses and America's greatest leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/22/2011

    " A very easy, yet fascinating book. I love the mix of history, inspiration & Bible scholarship that went into making this book. This book will help anyone who reads it understand the biblical stories that helped shape our nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 7/18/2011

    " Very well written and very educational. Seems like the author could have said what he had to say in half the amount of pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/29/2011

    " If I could give this book 10/5 stars I would. It was a wonderful book about the impact that Moses and the children of Israel had on the founding of this country. I recommend it to all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 5/4/2011

    " Didn't realize that Moses was so intertwined in our history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 4/9/2011

    " An interesting, thought-provoking read of heretofore history I'd never been taught. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 3/6/2011

    " I didn't realize how often Moses is used as a symbol or as a motivator factor in American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/21/2011

    " A very easy, yet fascinating book. I love the mix of history, inspiration & Bible scholarship that went into making this book. This book will help anyone who reads it understand the biblical stories that helped shape our nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 12/14/2010

    " Was very good. Never realized this whole Moses influence on American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/24/2010

    " Didn't realize that Moses was so intertwined in our history.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 11/8/2010

    " Consistently good books! It was a bit difficult to get in to, but by the end of the book, I was seeing the story of Moses in my own life! I am not sure if some of it was a stretch or not, but the way Feiler writes, that did not matter. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 11/1/2010

    " Very well written and very educational. Seems like the author could have said what he had to say in half the amount of pages! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/4/2010

    " A great sweep of the role that Moses played in American history from the Pilgrims, to slavery, through the civil rights movement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 7/19/2010

    " Interesting premise. Very well-written. I just wasn't overly compelled by the subject matter. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is a columnist on contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Council of Dads. He is the writer-presenter of the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys. A frequent commentator on modern life on radio and television, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.