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Publisher's Summary

Lucky...or blessed?

The history of the United States displays an uncanny pattern: At moments of crisis, when the odds against success seem overwhelming and disaster looks imminent, fate intervenes to provide deliverance and progress. Historians may categorize these incidents as happy accidents, callous crimes, or the products of brilliant leadership, but the most notable leaders of the past 400 years have identified this good fortune as something else - a reflection of divine providence.

In The American Miracle, best-selling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America's rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness.

Among the stirring, illogical episodes described here:

  • A band of desperate religious refugees find themselves blown hopelessly off course, only to be deposited at the one spot on a wild continent best suited for their survival
  • George Washington's beaten army, surrounded by a ruthless foe and on the verge of annihilation, manages an impossible escape due to a freakish change in the weather
  • A famous conqueror known for seizing territory, frustrated by a slave rebellion and a frozen harbor, impulsively hands Thomas Jefferson a tract of land that doubles the size of the United States
  • A weary soldier picks up three cigars left behind in an open field and notices the stogies have been wrapped in a handwritten description of the enemy's secret battle plans - a revelation that gives Lincoln the supernatural sign he's awaited in order to free the slaves

When millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved's sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as "fortune's favorite", shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.

©2016 Michael Medved (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely spectacular. This book is must-reading for anyone not yet fully convinced that God's hand has been on America from the very beginning. The stories in it are genuinely staggering, fascinating, eye-opening, and deeply inspiring. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!" (Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and If You Can Keep It)
"Whether it was God or the gods, some crucial moments in American history have turned on providential events that defy rational explanation. Medved has a keen eye for such semi-supernatural stories, and tells them with his customary clarity." (Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner; author of Founding Brothers)
"Michael Medved does a beautiful job of piecing together the most providential parts of our history - from the story of 'indestructible' George Washington to 'the miracle of Lincoln.' And I can't help but agree with his argument: To believe America is exceptional is simply to be grateful for what God has given us." (Paul Ryan, speaker of the US House of Representatives)

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great book

I've never listened to Mike's radio program. This book is exceptional! The stories are terrific and they make you reflect on God's Providence they may be happening all around us. Unfortunately, we only come to realize well after the fact.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Exceptional Compilation of US Facts

Loved it. I know it took a lifetime of historical interest to compile these amazing events and facts in American history! Well done Michael and your team!

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  • Larry
  • Corona, CA, United States
  • 12-01-16

Amazing Book

I'm not done with listening to this book but I felt compelled to review it. Medved has put together a very compelling case for the fact that God has indeed "Shed his Grace on Thee". Lots of historical information that I, as a history buff, had never known or considered before. The only caveat is that Medved reads it a bit slow. I had to crank it up to 1.25 speed. After that it was perfect. Otherwise it was one of the best author read books I've listened to.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

Excellent historical account of vital events in the American narrative infused w evidence of divine intervention - undeniable coincidences & seemingly illogical strokes of luck that shaped our nation.

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loved this book!

Amazing stories of true miracles! Love God? Love America? This read is for you! I learned important history of our country that has been hidden or hard to find like the story of Nicholas Trist, the gold rush and California becoming part of the United States. This book is a treasure!

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Terrific!

What made the experience of listening to The American Miracle the most enjoyable?

The providential "coincidences" he chronicles throughout the work are enough to literally make the spine tingle. The content is fascinating! And in addition to being an historian, Michael is an excellent storyteller. Read in a clear and deliberate way that helped me relish every detail. <br/><br/>I feel we've been given a gift by Michael Medved through his research, creation of and performance of this audiobook. This is far and away beyond what I consider just a "good book." 5 stars with no reservations. Loved it!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this while running, and it was so fascinating I just wanted to keep going and going so I could hear more!

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Great Book Great Listen

Just finished American Miracle by Michael Medved. A great history of our United States and probably one of the best reading performances I've heard thus far.

It's not about American exceptionalism, but about American responsibility toward God and mankind because of His forming and preservation of our country.

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I learned a lot that I was unaware of

Well done history of early America, with notable twists of fate, good and bad. This book confirmed my love of history and this Nation.

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Very well put together

This was an enjoyable listen. The author has done his research well. It is a very well put together book combining facts with the experiences and opinions of the author and countless others on the matter of The U.S. being a nation chosen and guided by God to do great things in the world notwithstanding the many setbacks and challenges it has faced. I enjoyed the thorough history and explanations of many events and people from the past that shaped the nation.

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Great, thought provoking book.

This book did a great job organizing all the bits and pieces of Divine intervention you hear about growing up. And much of the stories read like a great novel.
Great book!