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Publisher's Summary

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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  • C. Moore
  • Eugene, OR United States
  • 03-23-16

Great story of America

William Manchester is a wonderful historian. His prose is wonderful, and he paints such a nuanced picture of this country. I love the narrative and the texture of the story. The narrator does a remarkable job.

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  • jimh
  • newbury park, ca United States
  • 05-17-15

Fantastic cultural and political history

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.

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Highly recommend

Thorough, engrossing, excellent. Can't recommend highly enough. Made my endless drives so much more entertaining. 60 hours well spent. Thanks.

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Explains many commonplace references

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.

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Lots of Fun

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.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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?

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Great first 40 hours ... then Kennedy dies

Where does The Glory and the Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bottom 50% of history books

What other book might you compare The Glory and the Dream to and why?

Don't Know Much About History ... reviews so much but only skin deep, and tries to be humorous.

Which scene was your favorite?

The intersection of the stand-up Eisenhower and the bottom-dweller Joe MCarthy in the early 50's.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it did disappoint in the 1960s. Focuses on nothing but sex, civil rights, and the counterculture.

Any additional comments?

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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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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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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  • sandra
  • PRINCETON, NJ, United States
  • 11-13-12

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.