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.
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.
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.
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.
No favorites, there are hundreds.
I am a retired construction worker with an interest in all categories.I enjoy listening to books while going about daily activities.
It really brought into focus the people and history of America from the depression to watergate.
I was really impressed with Esinhower.His understanding of the world stage and the milatary was not what I expected.
Jeff Riggenbach had the sound of a seasoned newsman of the day.It was great casting.
America from the ground up!
There is much to be learned from our past!
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.
Too many to review: It's history. Lots and lots of critically important information and dates.
Lots. Again, in the history of 40 or so years, it's a wonderful story.
Everyone should listen. It's wonderfully written -- full of color and lively. Well recorded. Transfixing.
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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