Pulitzer Prize–profitable creator Jon Meacham helps us perceive the current second in American politics and life by trying again at essential instances in our historical past when hope overcame division and worry.
Our present local weather of partisan fury will not be new, and in The Soul of America Meacham exhibits us how what Abraham Lincoln referred to as the “higher angels of our nature” have repeatedly gained the day. Portray shocking portraits of Lincoln and different presidents, together with Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the braveness of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Woman Eleanor Roosevelt, and Military-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning factors in American historical past. He writes in regards to the Civil Conflict, Reconstruction, and the delivery of the Misplaced Trigger; the backlash towards immigrants within the First World Conflict and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan within the 1920s; the combat for girls’s rights; the demagoguery of Huey Lengthy and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First within the years earlier than World Conflict II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s campaign towards Jim Crow. Every of those dramatic hours in our nationwide life have been formed by the competition to steer the nation to look ahead somewhat than again, to claim hope over worry—a wrestle that continues even now.
Whereas the American story has not all the time—and even typically—been heroic, we have now been sustained by a perception in progress even within the gloomiest of instances. On this inspiring ebook, Meacham reassures us, “The excellent news is that we have now come via such darkness earlier than”—as, again and again, Lincoln’s higher angels have discovered a solution to prevail.
Reward for The Soul of America
“Meacham has change into certainly one of America’s most earnest and considerate biographers and historians. . . . Meacham provides readers a long-term perspective on American historical past and a motive to consider the soul of America is finally certainly one of kindness and caring, not rancor and paranoia. Lastly, Meacham gives recommendation to search out our higher angels—enter the world, resist tribalism, respect info and deploy motive, discover a essential steadiness and maintain historical past in thoughts. He’s offered a good way to do it.”—USA At present
“It is a good, fascinating, well timed, and above all profoundly necessary ebook.”—Walter Isaacson
Value: $ 15.95