His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Audiobook, by Jon Meacham Play Audiobook Sample

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Audiobook

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Read By: JD Jackson Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593347645

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71:23 minutes

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33:22 minutes

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An intimate and inspiring portrait of civil rights icon and longtime US congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham

John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and a son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it—his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis’s commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did—risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful—not in spite of America but because of America, and not in spite of religion but because of religion.” In many ways Lewis made his vision a reality, and his example offers Americans today a map for social and political change.

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“JD Jackson voices John Lewis with an authentic and nuanced nod to his rural Alabama roots. He adroitly does the New England intonations of JFK and RFK and the drawls of LBJ and George Wallace…The late congressman added a fitting afterword to this audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A valuable discussion of an extraordinary man who deserves our everlasting admiration and gratitude.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Meacham tells this story with his customary eloquence…a welcome reminder of the heroic sacrifices and remarkable achievements of those young radicals—twentieth-century America’s greatest generation.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “An inspiring book that comes at a time when the world desperately needs inspiration.”

    — NPR
  • “Meacham takes the familiar story of the scars and bruises on John Lewis’ body as literally an embodiment of the struggles of the civil rights era and brings alive with cinematic conviction the backstory of how specifically those blows came about.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “An elegant, moving portrait of a giant of post-1950 American history.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller in Memoirs & Biographies
  • A Today Show Pick of Best Books of the Month
  • An Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year”
  • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
  • A Cosmopolitan Best Book of 2020
  • Winner of the 2021 Audie Award for Best History/Biography Narration
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer and the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including three that have made their #1 bestsellers list. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Book Review and a contributing editor of Time magazine, and he holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University

About JD Jackson

JD Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.