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.
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.
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.
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.
Written like a biography of America, with profiles of important people, story lines covering important events, and broad, colorful descriptions of pop culture, demography, and every day life. Particularly fantastic perspectives on political events, from the perspective someone who lived though all of these events (the author was born in 1922), with many of these events covered during the 17 years in which this book was written (1957-1974). Without a doubt, this is what allowed the author to give this book it's remarkable, almost autobiographical feel.
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.
If you are like me, many of the common English language references carried some meaning but not a full understanding to me. As I listened to this audiobook I gained the historical significance of many words or phrases that I had read or heard in conversation. McCarthyism. I like Ike. The Vietnam war. Pearl Harbor. If you want to know what was happening in our world, the United States of America. Both politically and in society, you will enjoy this book. It is long and takes perseverance to complete, but do not rush and, most of all, enjoy learning about our history.
Wonderful book. Description of the 1960's not altogether accurate and sometimes annoying but the 1930's, 1940's and 1970's presentations are memorable -rich and entertaining.
Yes, I would. The book itself is great and the narration isn't bad played at half-speed. However, why the hell would you present a book of this length, and this many parts, without labeling the parts so that when finished with one part, you don't have to hunt for the next?
Bottom 50% of history books
Don't Know Much About History ... reviews so much but only skin deep, and tries to be humorous.
The intersection of the stand-up Eisenhower and the bottom-dweller Joe MCarthy in the early 50's.
No, but it did disappoint in the 1960s. Focuses on nothing but sex, civil rights, and the counterculture.
Its a solid survey history from 1932-1962, with interesting focus throughout on social and cultural history but then it loses its direction, ... possibly the fact that such "history" was too close in time to the book's publication affected its substance.
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