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
It is easy perhaps in 2018 with the frequent vulgar twitter outbursts, invectives against enemies real and otherwise, and attempts to delegitimize the basic fabric of government coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (or Florida I suppose), that the American project is facing the greatest crisis it has ever faced.
The author acknowledges that things are bad but he sees in America’s history that this moment is far from unique. From wars, to crippling depressions, to internal strife, America is no ...more
Jon Meacham appears to have written this book in direct response to the political climate of the Trump era. Meacham is an excellent biographer who can set the scene for a variety of historical periods. This ability is of use in this book which describes many of the uglier periods of American history: reconstruction, the KKK, various anti-immigrant movements, actions which led to the Great Depression, continued racism, McCarthy-ism.
Meacham moves fluidly from one period to another, using direct q ...more
I did not really finish this book I quit after the intro and first part. First, it just a condemnation of our president. I am not a Trump fan, but he will to be not be President forever. The book was not what I hoped-I loved his other books that I have read. I think this one was written is haste to make a point.
I don’t usually write reviews, however, I feel compelled to do so for this wonderful book. Jon Meacham has come up with a fascinating in-depth look at our fight for a more perfect union. Although this book took a few pages to hook me, it is a thorough and well thought out chronicle of our struggle for equality in a nation that has always aspired to become a more perfect and inclusive society. We as Americans, tend to pick and choose which high points we like to consider in our look back at histo ...more
"I've got the the biggest brains, I'm going to be the biggest man in the United States." Sound familiar ? Think you recognize the speaker? I thought so too. I was wrong. The speaker was a man named David Stephenson who was a major leader of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan in the 1920's who was subsequently arrested for kidnapping, rape, and murder of a young woman but was convicted of second degree murder. This book is full of quotes like this from historic figures we will all recognize as well as many ...more
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
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 intent of this book of history, biography and political science is to remind Americans that we have been in truly horrible situations before, as a country, and we have come out of them a stronger, more progressive nation. It is a hopeful book, for that reason it is unusual and inspiring.
“In the best of moments, witness, protest, and resistance can intersect with the leadership of an American president to lift us to higher ground. In darker times, if a particular president fails to advance t ...more