Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage 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 Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear a struggle that continues even now.While the American story has not always or even often been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, "The good news is that we have come through such darkness before" as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail....
|Title||:||The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels|
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|Number of Pages||:||372 pages|
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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Reviews
Jon Meacham never disappoints. Thorough, thought-provoking, well-organized and finely writtten, The Soul of America is a timely exploration of America’s conscience and how it has served to guide us as a people through good times and bad. Meacham resists taking the easy way out by focusing only on the best of America’s actions. He explores the negative—the Ku Klux Klan, McCarthyism, isolationism, slavery—along with the best—Abraham Lincoln’s defense of the union, FDR’s great leadership, LBJ’s bat ...more
Mr. Meacham sets out to show us that, even though things might look a little grim for those of us on the left side of the political fence, America has worked through much more difficult challenges in the past. He starts with Reconstruction in the South following the Civil War, leading to the KKK, Jim Crow laws, lynchings, segregation, white supremacists, and our ongoing struggle with civil rights. The book also addresses the battle for women's suffrage, the Great Depression, immigration, Japanes ...more
Jon Meacham's The Soul of America is this week's entry in what has become a major genre: a well-known academic or public intellectual writes a scholarly book for a popular audience that demonstrates just how much of an outlier--historically or politically--Donald Trump is. Among the books I have recently read in this genre are Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt's How Democracies Die, Robert Reich's The Common Good, Cass Sunstein's #Republic, Amy Chua's Political Tribes, Madeline Albright's Fasci ...more
The Soul of America by Jon Meacham subtitled The Battle for our Better Angels could be more accurately subtitled Don't trip this too shall pass, as the book is a long essay about political perspective during times of great political Angst. As a west coastie leftist liberal I know this book was written with me in mind, but it's a solidly good history book as well except for one glaring admission the entire book has maybe two lines in it about Native American's hate to see a book titled the Soul o ...more
The Soul of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels is a beautiful book written to give one hope in these troubled times by veteran historian Jon Meacham. Basically, it recounts the struggles that this country has had from its beginnings and how many American presidents have risen to the occasion, as well as this country's influential activists, striving to keep this democracy alive and in the "search for the better angels of our nature."
"We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies ...more
Racial demagogues and people fighting for justice are part of the American story. Trump is playing notes that have been playing since colonial days. It is maddening that we are still playing this game and that we can't seem to move forward on this issue in this country. The same bigots seem to come at us with the same stupidity over and over again as if the worst of American history is recycled in slightly different (sometimes more menacing) packaging every generation. When are we supposed to ov ...more
There is no doubt in my mind that Jon Meacham is one of the finest historians in the world. While several prominent writers have written similar works to this in the past year, none is more thoroughly-researched or more eloquently stated. This quick traversal of several extreme moments in American history where the nation's principles were tested by parasitic bigotry and stupidity effectively lays out exactly how it was that the country moved, though ever-slowly, ever-forward following these ste ...more
I don't generally read non-fiction, other than memoirs, but this book was an excellent reminder of the struggles our country has gone through in the past, and how those struggles were handled by our leaders, some great, and some not so great.
Historian Jon Meacham starts with the Constitutional Convention, takes us through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of the KKK, World War 1, the Depression, The New Deal, World War II, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, to present day. He shares l ...more