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The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History…

The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972

by William Manchester

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Enjoyable social and political history of USA from depression to Nixon. I don't agree with all of his conclusions but no two people will IMHO. Good, long read. ( )
1 vote newnoz | Aug 6, 2016 |
A forty-year study of the American national character. At various times thrilling, grotesque, encouraging, depressing. What must be said about it is that it's spectacular - and all true. Easily the best book I've read in 2009. ( )
1 vote 5hrdrive | Jul 11, 2014 |
This is history that reads like a novel. Beginning with the advent of the Roosevelt administration in 1932 William Manchester chronicles the cultural history of America through the subsequent four decades ending with the beginning of the second Nixon administration. Through all those years Manchester highlights the events that animated the American people and had a profound impact on life in America. Whether it was life during the depression, the home front of WWII, the rise of corporate America, or the turbulent sixties with protest and more war the book provides a clear if breathtaking narrative of the immensity of change. His coverage includes the famous whether they are political like Truman and McCarthy or cultural icons like Hepburn and Tracy. Fads are not neglected as evidenced by discussions of Swing music, victory gardens, and hula hoops. The major social movements range from the bonus marchers to The Silent Generation to the Woodstock Generation. For those readers, like myself, who experienced some of those events (the fifties and sixties in my case) the book becomes an interesting blend of history and nostalgia. But no matter what your age, Manchester is a good historian and writer who is a joy to read. ( )
1 vote jwhenderson | Jul 4, 2011 |
1858 The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-1972, by William Manchester (read 17 Jul 1984) This is a 1974 book, being the history of the United States from 1932 to 1974. It is eminently readable, but not totally accurate. Some parts were of course specially interesting. It is a little dated since it is ten years since it was published. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Sep 15, 2008 |
This is pop history that richly deserves its place on the shelf beside the deeper books of the higher brows. What they achieve through rigors of distillation, Manchester achieves through sheer abundance; almost as if he had deliberately chosen to flaunt the normal process of historical analysis. He gives us pointillist history: the masses of detail of American life merge & resolve into their own meanings, without need of interpretation. This is no mere blizzard of social confetti: every item is carefully fitted to the flow of the whole. Paradoxically, it's all delivered in parsimonious prose, so brisk & lucid that it's like reading a 1300-page telegram. You'll be surprised at how quickly 40 years can pass when you're enjoying every page!
2 vote ccjolliffe | May 28, 2007 |
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"In the desperate summer of 1932, Wahington, D.C., resembled the besieged capital of an obscure European state.
"The low point for that train, according to Clifford, came toward the middle of October. As they paused in a small Midwest town, a member of the staff jumped off and bought the October 11 issue of Newsweek. The big black type read: FIFTY POLITICAL EXPERTS UNANIMOUSLY PREDICT A DEWEY VICTORY. "Unaminously," someone said hollowly, and there was a long silence. One of them trudged back and showed it to Truman. He blinked, grinned, and said lightly, "Oh, those damned fellows; they're always wrong anyway. Forget it, boys, and let's get on with the job." At that point, Clifford believes, neither Bess nor Margaret believed that the President had a chance. He himself did, however, and afterward he could prove it. On the afternoon of October 13, while riding from Duluth to St. Paul, he wrote out his state-by-state analysis of the coming vote on the back of a mimeographed copy of his Duluth speech and handed it to George Elsey, who sealed it and put it away until the day after the election. It then developed that Truman had predicted 340 electoral votes for himself, 108 for Dewey, 42 for Thurmond, with 37 marked "doubtful." It wasn't on the nose, and it omitted four electoral votes, but a great many men whose job was forecasting elections would have given almost anything to have written it."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553345893, Paperback)

William Manchester, author of "The Death of a President" and "The Arms of Krupp," talks with Heywood Hale Broun, Jr. about his book "The Glory and the Dream," a penetrating and dramatic work that spans four decades and virtually every aspect of the American way of life, from 1932 to 1972. Originally broadcast in 1974, re-issued on CD in 2007. 1 audio CD, 52 min. Product No. C40088D.

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A popular history of the United States which encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fads, fashion, social changes, sexual mores, and communications, with brief biographies of notable Americans--Cover.

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