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The Glory and the Dream Audiobook

The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972

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Publisher's Summary

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 lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

The Glory and the Dream chronicles the progress of life in the United States, from the time William Manchester and his generation reached the beginning of awareness in the desperate summer of '32 to President Nixon's Second Inaugural Address and the opening scenes of Watergate. Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, Manchester 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.

©1974 William Manchester; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Kim Gibsonia, PA, United States 04-24-11
    Kim Gibsonia, PA, United States 04-24-11
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    "Technical issues no big deal"

    I almost did not buy this book because to the review comments concerning the technical issues. There are a few skips but considering the length of the recording they are minor. I did love this book because it covers a period in history that you never seemed to get to in school. Since I was born in 1955 it was very intersting to hear about happenings since my birth many of them I have some memory of. The author interjects tid bits of popular culture now and then which I enjoyed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 10-16-10
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "So Incredibly interesting!"

    Unbiased History Lesson! Stuff you've forgotten from those Jr. High & HS lesson, recapped here. Fabulous to look back at the lives and times of leaders in years gone by. Hours and hours of interesting stories. Makes you wish, you could've lived 100 years ago to see all the amazing things that have happened over time.

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    nokidding 07-14-10
    nokidding 07-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book, horrible audio quality."

    An excellent book, unfortunately the audio quality is so poor it is very difficult to make sense of several chapters. I have informed Audible twice over the past year and re-downloaded an only slightly improved version.

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    Jamie Bruno 12-04-08
    Jamie Bruno 12-04-08
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    "Incredibly frustrating recording of a masterpiece"

    William Manchester has written a wonderful, 40-year epic history of the United States, very dense with details that you can easily visualize. The narrator of this audiobook speaks very fast, perhaps trying to fit all 1300 pages into a predetermined recording space. Because of the rapid-fire information that's coming at you, you have to pay attention to what's being said even more than usual; so when the numerous skips and other technical problems occur, the experience becomes incredibly frustrating. Especially since the skips obscure information that the listener needs in order to understand the context of what comes next. Personally, I wish I had never bought this recording.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 09-08-15
    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up The Glory and the Dream in three words, what would they be?

    This book is unturnoffable.
    It is a gripping reminder of a period of our history that is very relevant to today


    What other book might you compare The Glory and the Dream to and why?

    Any Barbara Tuchman, which from me is high praise from me


    What about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance did you like?

    It was ok, not the best reader, but serviceable


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    fascinating


    Any additional comments?

    Really good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 04-04-15
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic"

    I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in ages. I wish the book had gone on another 57 hours. Years ago I read most of it and still have my old paperback. It came in handy when I wanted to follow along or when I wanted to quote something for friends. I was born in 1948 so I remember lots of the events from the later parts of the book. Manchester gave me new insights to those events.
    I don't think anyone can read aloud as fast as this reader. His reading must have been sped up some. It took a little getting used to.

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    anonymous 10-30-11
    anonymous 10-30-11
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    "The next best thing to living through 1933-1973"

    There isn't much I can add to what other reviewers have already said but I still had to share my enthusiasm for what may be the best history I've read/heard of the 20th century. There are all the major developments but also minor stories that might seem anecdotal but are often representative of the ethos of the time they describe. My remembered consciousness only begins in the 1980s but I imagine that these are all the things people of those times sat around the kitchen table or the workplace water cooler talking about. The sound quality isn't very good with many glitches throughout and long stretches of distortions in chapters 15 and 26. The material was so spectacularily good though that the sound problems didn't appreciably detract from my enjoyment. Highly, highly recommended! 57 1/2 hours might seem long but at the end I just found myself wanting another 50 hours. I just wish there were a similar a-book covering the following 40 year stretch to the present.

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    Andrew S. Breza 08-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An amazing book"

    I never thought a 1,600 page book could be such a joy to experience, but The Glory and the Dream offers a tight brilliant narrative that makes it hard to stop listening. As other reviewers have noted, there are occasional skips, but they should not stop you from experiencing this American classic.

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    Professor JP 07-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Quite the Tour D Force!"

    I loved the book; born in the 80's, I gained great insight into my parents' and grandparents' lives, their struggles and joys. I feel like I understand them much better, especially my reserved grandparents.

    it took me months to finish the book, in the meantime I finished many other books (including Moby Dick). For me, it was a great book to go while on a long jog or in the garden. It doesn't require 100% of your attention, making it a great activity book. I highly recommend.

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    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16
    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story of America"

    William Manchester is a wonderful historian. His prose is wonderful, and he paints such a nuanced picture of this country. I love the narrative and the texture of the story. The narrator does a remarkable job.

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