The Soul of America

The Soul of America

The Battle for Our Better Angels

Book - 2018
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The author shows readers moments throughout the nation's history, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movements, to guide them in understanding American politics today.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399589812
Branch Call Number: 973 M46
Characteristics: xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 02, 2018

Meacham relates the history of craziness in our country (slavery, Joe McCarthy, the Ku Klux Klan, and so on) to help us put the Trump presidency into perspective: We have been here before. The pendulum will swing back.

Oct 28, 2018

I love American history, so this book should be right up my alley. However, I just couldn’t get into it. The author bounces around too much and it seemed too textbook-y for me.

Then, at the beginning of Chapter 2, the author has quotes from General Lee stating that he contemplated “sacrificing himself to enemy fire”. What? In the last year, I have easily read 20+ books on all aspects of the Civil War (especially the days before and day of The Surrender) and this has never been mentioned anywhere. I will read the source material the author sites.

Jul 25, 2018

Naturally exceptional with the author being who it is. It is amazing that our country cycles through these types of divisive periods every so often, but somehow our country survives because of good people and our laws. Always be thankful for our Constitution and the forethought of the men who wrote it.

Jul 18, 2018

Exceptional writer. Extensive research. Speaks to today. Couldn’t put it down.

May 29, 2018

I have been to pick this book up twice and it is not on my hold shelf. Librarian at front desk tried to find it but could not.


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Jun 12, 2018

So what can we, in our time, learn from the past, even while we're getting knocked in the head? That the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. That compromise is the oxygen of democracy. And that we learn the most from those who came before not by gazing up at them uncritically or down on them condescendingly but by looking them in the eye and taking their true measure as human beings, not as gods.


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