The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72

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The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72

The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72 By William Manchester The Glory and the Dream A Narrative History of America This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from to It encompasses politics military history economics the arts science fashion fads s

  • Title: The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72
  • Author: William Manchester
  • ISBN: 9780553345896
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72 By William Manchester This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972 It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual s, communications, graffiti everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our hiThis great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972 It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual s, communications, graffiti everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, The Glory and the Dream relives the epic, significant, or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War From the Great Depression through the second inauguration of Richard M Nixon, Manchester breathes life into this great period of America s growth.
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    1. Painted Desert Dreamer on said:

      This two volume book was one of my first non fiction reads I read everything written by William Manchester for the next six months.Up to that point, I had read only historical fiction I had not had any formal education since the sixth grade, and because of books, such as this, I have been able to educate myself I am a mother of grown children and I am currently a freshman attending University Life

    2. John on said:

      WHAT IT IS A left leaning narrative history of the United States from 1932 72.WHAT I LEARNED I learned what I already knew from the Preacher in Ecclesiastes there is nothing new under the sun Ecclesiastes 1 9 The National Indignation Conventions in Dallas in 1961 and 1963 sound a lot like this year s Tea Parties The opening year of the FDR and Kennedy administrations have unmistakable parallels to the opening year of the Obama administration An oil spill off of Santa Barbara in 1969 could be thi [...]

    3. Sean O on said:

      I m not sure it s possible to adequately review a 1300 page narrative history of the middle of the 20th Century So I m not sure I m going to try.This book however is a beautiful skeleton On it I will hang Atkinson s Liberation trilogy, Halberstam s The Fifties, The Children, and The Best and the Brightest, All the King s Men, and All the President s Men If you want to know what happened in America from 1932 to 1972, this is the place to start.

    4. James on said:

      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, o [...]

    5. Piker7977 on said:

      Wonderful Just wonderful.Having been born in the 1980s it is nice to read a narrative history of the generations who came before me.This is an engrossing history beginning with the start of the Great Depression and ending with Watergate The histories enclosed in the chapters include military, economic, political, and social events This section may require a spoiler alert This semi leftist narrative turns over a lot of stones and uncovers some ugly truths about the past American ages I think it i [...]

    6. Dayla on said:

      This is so well written And why wasn t it possible to have someone like William R Manchester write a student version of this book I have had this book since I borrowed it from a boyfriend, but now friend of mine in 1981 It took me 25 years to finally get around to reading it So Bob M, let me know if you want me to mail this back to you And I guess Bob M, it is out of the question for me to ask if I can borrow the companion book Just kidding.

    7. Chris Gager on said:

      Time for some non fiction and judging from the ratings this was a good choice This is another found rescued book from where I don t know I ve read into it a bit last night and it s pretty damned good so far The Depression, The New Deal, World War II, post war prosperity and growth, Korea, Civil Rights, Vietnam, the 60 s YIKES Only 40 years and so much going on So far my main impression is of how much 1932 looks like today The Republican Party still wants to blame the victims of capitalist predat [...]

    8. Robert W on said:

      A two volume history of the U.S from 1932 to 1974 Manchester confesses to being a generational chauvinist the generation in question being the World War II generation These volumes are very readable, and while some of the information has been contradicted or made complete by subsequent findings, overall it is very useful What seems weird to me, as a man a generation or two younger than Manchester, is his emphasis He gives a lot of ink to sixties radical personages like Angela Davis, and the eve [...]

    9. Chris Gager on said:

      I have to move over to this edition to finish my review as I ve used up all my allotted characters in the one I was reviewing under Well, it IS a long book crammed full of interesting stuff.So, we re headed for the election of 1972 and Watergate as the semi insane Nixon heads for China before he returns to subvert our democracy Screw him and Kissinger too Why so much space devoted to the exploits of Clifford Irving Low blow he calls Nina van Pallandt the most distinguished fornicatrix of 1972 By [...]

    10. Harold on said:

      This is anecdote as history in this case the history of the US from 1930 to 1972 As such, it is the most evocative history I have read Starting with the most vivid, visceral description of the depression and continuing through Watergate, Manchester delivers the zeitgeist of the United States through an incredibly tumultuous period in its history He reports not only on historical events, but on the slang, the culture, the fashion, and the emotion of the time He loves to tell a good story, and tel [...]

    11. Erik Graff on said:

      This is probably the best social history of the United States of America I have ever encountered It begins with the radio listings for a typical evening in 1932, proceeds to the Bonus Marchers and through the Depression and the wars, hot and cold, until 1972, its time of composition So impressed have I been with this book that I ve given it as a gift to several people and will pick up copies of it whenever I chance upon them Most particularly this is a great thing to give to anyone over sixty as [...]

    12. David Bruns on said:

      Manchester s book is a massive tome 1300 pages that provides a narrative history of 1932 to 1972 He starts with the Depression and ends with Watergate It is worth the workout however, if you can get the two volume version that is much easier to physically handle He does a fantastic job of putting each ear into perspective and getting behind the scenes into what made the country tick at each point in our history For example, you get a rundown on what people were reading, wearing, watching at the [...]

    13. Mont on said:

      THE GLORY AND THE DREAM A NARRATIVE HISTORY OF AMERICA 1932 1972 By William Manchester1973Read June 25, 1992Reading Notes Whither is fled the visionary gleam Where is it now, the glory and the dream Wordsworth1 Rendezvous with Destiny 32 41 Rock Bottom The bonus army is routed by MacArthur disobeying orders.Sheer boredom nearly drove Eisenhower to the point of resigning his commission, and it was in these years that he developed the habit of reading Western pulps Across the Potomac at Fort Myer, [...]

    14. Peter Hoff on said:

      As is often the case, it is good to know the source of a book s title, which in this case is taken from William Wordsworth s poem Ode Intimations of Immortality Whither is fled the visionary gleam Where is it now, the glory and the dream So if you are looking for a star spangled history of the mid twentieth century 1932 1972 , go elsewhere One gets a distinct sense that Manchester wrote the book for the sake of catharsis, having just lived through the disaster that was Richard Nixon s presidency [...]

    15. Garnette on said:

      Really compelling history, from the very beginning Manchester excels at detailed descriptions of selected events that give the flavor of the times and identify the turning points of history The book begins with the Bonus March on Washington where Patton and MacArthur led U.S troops against destitute World War I veterans and their families who were seeking early payment of military bonuses The sharp contrast between the poverty of the people during the Depression and Herbert Hoover s elaborate, f [...]

    16. Snowfalcon on said:

      I have read quite a bit of Manchester, primarily his biographies.I found this to be a particularly poignant read these last few years It s a long book, 1300 pages, and I ve put it down and taken it up than a few times in the last two or three years I was drawn to it because of my interest in history Typically my historical tastes tend toward the medieval and ancient, however when I dipped into this at a coffee shop just to kill time I was reminded of the very interesting way Manchester has of t [...]

    17. Susan on said:

      I was listening to this book but the recording was bad skipped like an old record The narrator read way too fast and mispronounced 90% of the proper names, including every battle in the Pacific in WWII I m waiting for my hard copy of the book now.BUT the book is really good I loved the first part which focused on the Depression Manchester s technique is to flood the reader with details and his detail was fascinating on this subject.One has always to remember that this book was written in the 70i [...]

    18. Philip on said:

      Manchester was a superb historian, and this book was his magnum opus despite its formidable length, Manchester s storytelling powers never flag, and it s completely engrossing I recall sitting in a restaurant with tears streaming down my face as he described the reaction to FDR s death, and the funeral.It s hard to believe that the Pulitzer Prize for history went elsewhere for 1974, or for 1968, when Manchester s THE ARMS OF KRUPP was published Along with David McCullough, the late William Manch [...]

    19. Russell on said:

      I used to work in this call center on Northwestern s campus Everyone there was some PhD or grad student making 10 an hour calling people up and conducting surveys Needless to say, everyone was a self important blowhard including me.One guy, who never talked, gave me this book and said, You ll like this Man, did I ever This is the most interesting history book I ve ever read It s breadth and scope are enormous and it carries the interesting prejudices and opinions which are hardly cliche of it s [...]

    20. Leslie Reyes on said:

      This was actually my AP American History book Love you Mr Ring I hated it at the time and thought it was boring 1300 pgs Something drew me back to this book and I don t even know what I decided to give it another try since I don t have to be tested on it this time It could be all of the political emphasis out there in the US right now that made me want to revisit our history Maybe I can learn something or gain some quick insight before the election That is, if I make it past chapter one.

    21. Lynn Buschhoff on said:

      For those of you who slept through modern American History and now feel ignorant, this is a great place to start feeling smart The book spans those forgotten times between WWI and Watergate, and it is full or really interesting information Manchester adds details about popular culture, that make history come alive This is a book i might read again

    22. Kit Giddings on said:

      This book describes life in America from Hoover through Watergate What is so fascinating is how the events over this time period have shaped the way Americans think and act It gave me insight to what makes Americans the way we are It s a slow and at times, a little arduous read but never boring and well worth it.

    23. Jean-François Lisée on said:

      Un tour de force Manchester nous m ne des meutes de Washington en 1932 jusqu aux ann es 70 Plus qu une histoire politique am ricaine, Glory est un voyage dans la soci t am ricaine toute enti re, ses moeurs, sa culture, son attitude On est port par la force du r cit, bloui par la richesse de la recherche, toujours fascin par cette Am rique qui n en finit plus de se r inventer.

    24. A.J. on said:

      What a tremendous history Manchester s overview is no quick read, but its organization, its detail, and its fundamental theme of the battle to achieve America s promise for all of its citizens leaves the reader satisfied that they have truly learned a great deal about the country.

    25. John on said:

      I have bought and given away many copies of Manchester s Narrative American history This is an excellent introduction to 20th century history A truly great book, at least for me I read this sometime in the 1980s I don t know for sure because my copy is, again, on loan.

    26. Aaron on said:

      Two points should underscore how great this, and its companion Volume 2 are 1 I read them twice.2 My wife s grandparents, born in 1915 and 1926, felt Manchester captured the spirit of the times better than any other author they had read.

    27. Mel [profile closed] on said:

      A history of the U.S between 1932 and 1972 Well written, informative A whole lot you didn t know One of the best overall histories with a wide sweep.

    28. Paula on said:

      I realized that history written this way is not dull, or tedious Rather, it is interesting and very personal I loved the stories in this book I wished for this book not to end.

    29. Nora on said:

      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.

    30. Susan on said:

      I loved this book I can t believe how much ground Manchester covered well in two volumes This is not superficial This is history with heart and with an informative, intelligent focus Since he covers the period from twenty years before I was born to the year I graduated from college it was an exciting read for me, and of real personal consequence I would think any baby boomer would enjoy this book It was revelatory clarifying and moving Highlights for me were the Roosevelt presidency how tough th [...]

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