The American Miracle

Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic
Narrated by: Michael Medved
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.7 out of 5 stars (437 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

"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)
"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)

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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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How God crated America

The author draws from coincidences to create causality. He discounts the multitude of complex contributing factors of America's success and prefers the theory that it is Gods will that America is the greatest country on the planet. I didn't listen to it long enough to find out if he was willing to compare per-capita GDP of various nations, health statistics, education statistics, happiness indexes, income inequality ratios, or the various phases of America's development, etc... Early in the book, he set the tone that this would NOT be book of MEASURING the American Miracle, only that America is the preeminent nation on the planet and God had a hand in creating it. He throws a lot of coincidences together and then draws the conclusion of causality. The other nations of the world must not have deserved Gods support.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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Wow

I throughly enjoyed this book. The author doesn’t beat you over the head with the conclusions that Gods hands were moving throughout major events in America’s history, but instead just lays out the facts in a way that allows you to come to your own conclusions. Very well written. You will be smarter after reading this book.

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Intriguing and Well-Written

This book is very intriguing and maintained my interest throughout. It highlights many events that lined up to impact our history--events that seem to be far more than coincidental and reveal the hand of Divine Providence!

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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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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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