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The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972 | [William Manchester]

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

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.
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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 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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    anonymous MAPLEWOOD, MN, United States 10-30-11
    anonymous MAPLEWOOD, MN, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2006
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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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    Kim Gibsonia, PA, United States 04-24-11
    Kim Gibsonia, PA, United States 04-24-11 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Brian Encinitas, CA, United States 10-31-13
    Brian Encinitas, CA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "10/30/13 - Simpy one of the best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is really great. I was skeptical about some of the reviews where the listener heard audio glitches. They must have fixed that because I only ever heard one noticible glitch in a book that is two whole volumes.

    I first read Manchester's The Last Lion Pt. 2 - Alone, and I thought he was a great author but this book blew me away. It is a narrivitve history and one that everyone should read and listen to.

    I plan on listening to it again down the road, it was that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites, there are hundreds.


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    Dennis Hyland phila. pa 02-15-13
    Dennis Hyland phila. pa 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "The glory and the dream"
    What made the experience of listening to The Glory and the Dream the most enjoyable?

    It really brought into focus the people and history of America from the depression to watergate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was really impressed with Esinhower.His understanding of the world stage and the milatary was not what I expected.


    What does Jeff Riggenbach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff Riggenbach had the sound of a seasoned newsman of the day.It was great casting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    America from the ground up!


    Any additional comments?

    There is much to be learned from our past!

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    Tana PRINCETON, NJ, United States 11-13-12
    Tana PRINCETON, NJ, United States 11-13-12
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    "Most important books on US from 1937-1972"
    Would you listen to The Glory and the Dream again? Why?

    Matybe. It is very very long -- over 40 hours. I listen as I get up in the morning, drive to work and come back. Wonderful experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glory and the Dream?

    Too many to review: It's history. Lots and lots of critically important information and dates.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Riggenbach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots. Again, in the history of 40 or so years, it's a wonderful story.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should listen. It's wonderfully written -- full of color and lively. Well recorded. Transfixing.

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    William Murphy, TX, United States 05-30-11
    William Murphy, TX, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Manchester is a great writer"

    This is an excellent book by a great history writer. William Manchester loved the English language and it shows in his writing. In this social history he spent a paragraph during each era covered and he would write out a scenario using only the slang of the era. It was a fun thing to hear.

    In this overly long book, the author’s notation not mine, William Manchester covers everything that impacted American culture or at least tries to. This book is a great survey history of this era. The covering of this particular 40 years can be seen as a history of the growth and height of the liberal movement. With Franklin D. Roosevelt as the beginning, and Richard M. Nixon as the beginning of the end for it.

    Manchester’s work is a great history by a writer who clearly had fun writing. The phrasing and transition sentences show a sheer pleasure in finding a right way that was entertaining to the author and therefore the reader. This large book is worth the reading for any history student especially for the heart of the twentieth Century.

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    Peter Elgin, IL, United States 12-13-10
    Peter Elgin, IL, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting, but dated. Needs a sequel."

    More narrative than history. Read it once, but don't use it as a history reference book. Manchester relies too often on contemporary popular journalism, and a lot of the material has been contradicted by more recent and more scholarly research. After reading the book 20 years ago, I felt I "knew" a lot of things that are now considered just plain wrong. Further, as the book approaches the end-point of 1973 it becomes myopic. (For example, the phony Howard Hughes biography seemed far more important in '73 than it does now.) The Watergate onion was just starting to be unpeeled when the book closes and Nixon is reelected, so we're left hanging, feeling like we've lost the last pages of a mystery novel. Had Manchester known the conclusion of the Watergate scandal, the part of the story he did write about would need to be reshaped.

    That said, the book has a great narrative sweep, and a sort of elegant architecture. Forgotten trivia, fads, and cultural artifacts are exhumed and examined. Astonishingly fatuous political utterances and marmoreal editorial pronouncements from the past are trotted out and given the raspberries they deserve. Moreover, Manchester is a lucid storyteller, and refreshingly, his political tendencies (left) give the whole enterprise some spine and forward motion. He successfully shows how, and why, the United States went from point A to point B over 40 event-filled years, and I came away feeling I understood my grandparents, my parents, and my country a little better.

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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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    S. Gilford Sonoma County, CA USA 03-16-10
    S. Gilford Sonoma County, CA USA 03-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A story of WWII told with honesty and perspective"

    This book is a masterpiece. It is an honest story of a very personal war fought by a young Marine in the WWII Pacific told by a writer who excels at his craft of writing history and who after a lifetime of telling the stories of others now tells his own. He manages to evoke immediacy and endow it with perspective.

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    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 10-15-09
    R.S. Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 10-15-09 Member Since 2004
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    "a tour de force"

    This book is an outstanding panorama of U.S. history that stretches from the New Deal to Nixon. I found it difficult to pull myself away. It is a timepiece, reflecting the values of an earlier era. Manchester's take on Berkeley's Free Speech movement was weak, but there was so much that strong. In the first segments there were minor technical glitches, but they were insignificant. Highly recommended.

    Jeff Riggenbach, the reader, was perfect for the book.

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