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Download Our Country Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Barone Narrator: William Lavelle Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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In this rare, sweeping history, Michael Barone draws from deep within the political and social record of modern America, from election returns, political polls, news reports, census extracts, and statistical abstracts, to tell the story of how the country of our parents and of our grandparents became our country.

Barone's account of the rise of the prosperous and powerful nation which we know today points out that the single most significant issue to dominate American politics in this century is that of who really is an American. Gone are the vaunted battles over the distribution of wealth and income. In their place are the powerfully rooted political battles fought between America's cultural poles: its racial and ethnic groups, its urban liberals and small town conservatives, its state's rightists and centrists, and ultimately also between advocates of culturally diverse positions and lifestyles.

Besides his extensive knowledge of the historical record, his portrayal of individual participants, from FDR and Ronald Reagan through labor leader John L. Sullivan and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, adds color and dimension to the narrative as it moves into contemporary times. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 El | 7/30/2012

    " A good, basic reference of the presidents. This isn't for history fans unless you're first starting out. It was enough for me, someone with only a basic knowledge of these guys when I first began researching them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daryl | 5/14/2010

    " A boring professorial book with little or no new information "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 12/27/2009

    " Did not finish. See Pflentov's 12/16/09 review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 4/6/2008

    " Excellent background on why America's founding fathers set up the government the way they did. Reminds us that just because we have a democracy now, it doesn't mean that we always will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/14/2008

    " Apple never falls far from the tree "

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About the Author

Michael Barone is a senior writer at US News and World Report and a Fox News Channel contributor. He is the author of Our First Revolution, Our Country, and Gangster Government.