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.
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.
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.
While I liked what it had to say, the narrator was way way too fast in his delivery,and the narrator tends to stop in mid sentence and continue further on in the book. I don't reccomend this book because of this alone, otherwise it would be a 4 or 5 star to me.
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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