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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti—everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, The Glory and the Dream relives the epic, significant, or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War. From the Great Depression through the second inauguration of Richard M. Nixon, Manchester breathes life into this great period of America’s growth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magnificent.”

    New York Times

  • “Manchester has an uncanny ability to give his readers an almost tactile sense of the past and to make them feel, ‘So that’s how it was!’”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A New York Times Bestseller in Nonfiction in1975

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 2/20/2014

    " I have bought and given away many copies of Manchester's Narrative American history. This is an excellent introduction to 20th century history. A truly great book, at least for me. I read this sometime in the 1980s.... I don't know for sure because my copy is, again, on loan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/3/2014

    " Long history lesson. But readable and important. I never learned so much of all the things I should have learned in school, but was too skipped over and dry/boring. I liked this book, as well as liking having read it. I don't read books again, but I would read this again, and learn more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 1/29/2014

    " Manchester is a tremendously gifted writer, and possesses the enviable capability of infusing his passionate enthusiasm for his historical subjects into the pages themselves, endowing his thick tomes with a vibrant energy that truly makes these period pieces and their actors come alive. The Glory and the Dream opens in the Mean Thirties with a description of the Veteran's march on Washington; a fitting launch pad for an in-depth exploration of four decades in American life, one that draws from a cornucopia of resources and material and is subsequently distilled through Manchester's brio into the Snap! Crackle! Pop! of this epic achievement. Bravo! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charles Robbins | 1/4/2014

    " Wonderful take on American social history-- a great and gripping read, but a bit pop history. "

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