The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

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 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by loo...

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Title:The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Author:Jon Meacham
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Genres:History
ISBN:B079KV32KF
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:372 pages pages

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jun 05, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

  • Chris Burd
    May 14, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

  • Mehrsa
    May 23, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

    This is a really hopeful book, but also a little boring. The end passage is the most vital. Things are not worse than they have been and we can get over it. The message may be more optimistic than is my usual leaning, but he does show how racism, xenophobia, corruption, etc have always...

  • Michael Austin
    May 19, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

  • Mary
    May 22, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

    This is a really hopeful book, but also a little boring. The end passage is the most vital. Things are not worse than they have been and we can get over it. The message may be more optimistic than is my usual leaning, but he does show how racism, xenophobia, corruption, etc have always...

    Summary: A review of American presidential leadership and the battle between the politics of fear and the politics of hope for our national soul. Jon Meacham thinks that even more crucial than an affirmation of the American creed is the fight for the American soul. Meacham character...

    This book should be required reading for everyone. Today we think that America is a horrible mess, and cannot possibly find a way forward. And that the divisions among us are insurmountable. Meacham reveals that this is not the end, that we have found ourselves in similar predicaments ...

    Outstanding historical survey of the darker moments and subsequent moral recoveries in our history. The point of this survey is to highlight how resilient America can be, even in the face of terrible people in power. Need I suggest that this book has relevance today? ...

  • Jim
    Jun 20, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

  • Vivian
    Jul 13, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

  • Randal White
    Jun 29, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

    This is a really hopeful book, but also a little boring. The end passage is the most vital. Things are not worse than they have been and we can get over it. The message may be more optimistic than is my usual leaning, but he does show how racism, xenophobia, corruption, etc have always...

    Summary: A review of American presidential leadership and the battle between the politics of fear and the politics of hope for our national soul. Jon Meacham thinks that even more crucial than an affirmation of the American creed is the fight for the American soul. Meacham character...

    This book should be required reading for everyone. Today we think that America is a horrible mess, and cannot possibly find a way forward. And that the divisions among us are insurmountable. Meacham reveals that this is not the end, that we have found ourselves in similar predicaments ...

  • Michelle
    Jun 14, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

  • Barbara Hale
    Jun 11, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

  • Michael Ferro
    Jun 04, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

  • Lorna
    Jun 06, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

  • Bob
    Jun 25, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

    This is a really hopeful book, but also a little boring. The end passage is the most vital. Things are not worse than they have been and we can get over it. The message may be more optimistic than is my usual leaning, but he does show how racism, xenophobia, corruption, etc have always...

    Summary: A review of American presidential leadership and the battle between the politics of fear and the politics of hope for our national soul. Jon Meacham thinks that even more crucial than an affirmation of the American creed is the fight for the American soul. Meacham character...

  • Dan Graser
    May 17, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

  • Casey Wheeler
    May 06, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

  • Aura
    Jul 04, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

  • Kelsey
    May 14, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

  • Joseph Sciuto
    May 21, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

  • David Eppenstein
    May 20, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 01, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

  • Steven Z.
    Jun 27, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

  • Stephen
    May 11, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

  • Koren
    Jul 11, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

  • Chris Carson
    May 13, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

  • Brian Willis
    May 22, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

  • Scott
    Jul 06, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

  • Kusaimamekirai
    May 18, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

  • Denny
    Jun 25, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

  • Elizabeth George
    Jun 28, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

  • Scott David
    Jul 15, 2018

    ?The past is never dead; it is not even past.??William Faulkner In August of 2017, after the deadly alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Time?s editor Nancy Gates called up Jon Meacham and asked him if he had any thoughts on the subject. The Pulitzer prize-winning...

    The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels should be required reading for every American in these divisive times. Now more than ever we need to not only recognize just how deep our societal division is, but remember that we have been in times like this before (though it's ha...

    If there were a six star category, I would give this book six stars. It's a book that should be read by every thinking American who is worried, concerned, or devastated by what is going on and has gone on in our country since Donald Trump was elected President. Yet....this is a hopeful...

    "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 wa...

    I received a free Kindle copy of The Soul of America by Jon Meacham courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it...

    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 t...

    "He . . . understood people, and when it came time to make decisions, he was willing to take the responsibility . . . He had a good head and a great brain and a kind heart . . . He was the best kind of ordinary man. I mean that as high praise, not deprecation . . . He's one of the peop...

    My only complaint about this book, and it?s not minor, is it?s reactionary tone to Donald Trump. It?s as if only the rise of Trump gave rise to this book, and that weakens the message. The Soul of America and indeed the humanity that Meachum describes, is in all of us, American o...

    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 greate...

    This beautiful book uses the prism of American history to present the case that 'we've been here before' and 'this too shall pass'. Did it make me feel better? Sort of. The quotes from past presidents and historical figures of note are insightful, inspiration and, in some cases, moving...

    I watched Jon Meacham on the Real Time by Bill Maher. He talked about how he is hopeful for the future and trump is nothing new in American history. I decided that I needed to read this book because I needed something uplifting to read. As I listened to this audiobook, I did not feel r...

    Jon Meacham's "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" is a must read, especially for those among us who are not familiar with the racism that has infested our great nation since the time of the American Revolution. Thankfully, as Mr. Meacham has so poignantly pointed ou...

    Meacham is a superb storyteller, historian and Presidential scholar. His book is timely as our country faces the most (disgusting) unusual ascendency of a candidate to the office of President since Andy Jackson. The United States has survived and thrived because the majority of its...

    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 Co...

    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 bo...

    We live in scary times, with erratic and sometimes dangerous leadership, and with nearly everybody dissatisfied with leadership in Washington. International relations are on eggshells with the possibility of a major crisis. Several of my favorite American biographers are releasing b...

    Reading Jon Meacham?s latest historical work, THE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS at the same time as the federal government is separating immigrant families into ?relocation centers? reminiscent of Japanese internment camps during World War II is extremely dist...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is about the crises the U.S. has faced in his history that were unrelated to (1) economic panics, recessions and the Great Depression; (2) labor problems; and (3) war. Although I liked what Meacham had to say, I though...

    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...

    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...

    If you are a history buff, you probably wont find a lot new. The author tells of other times in U.S. history when things happened that we are not very proud of. Mostly it is about times when basic human rights were not honored. Slavery, the holocaust, Martin Luther King, Jr., racism,...

    [redacted] America. ...

    Jon Meacham's The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels is an easily readable, thorough if limited, well-researched, and generously sourced work of American history. Given its scope, though, it's bittersweet. I was reminded that, over and over throughout our history, our pe...

    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 o...

    I think Meacham does a great job of pulling together a series of historical vignettes that speak to the most challenging times in our history - and how we, as a nation, made it through. However, in hearing him speak of the book, Mr. Meacham points to these stories as proof that we can ...

    This is a really hopeful book, but also a little boring. The end passage is the most vital. Things are not worse than they have been and we can get over it. The message may be more optimistic than is my usual leaning, but he does show how racism, xenophobia, corruption, etc have always...

    Summary: A review of American presidential leadership and the battle between the politics of fear and the politics of hope for our national soul. Jon Meacham thinks that even more crucial than an affirmation of the American creed is the fight for the American soul. Meacham character...

    This book should be required reading for everyone. Today we think that America is a horrible mess, and cannot possibly find a way forward. And that the divisions among us are insurmountable. Meacham reveals that this is not the end, that we have found ourselves in similar predicaments ...

    Outstanding historical survey of the darker moments and subsequent moral recoveries in our history. The point of this survey is to highlight how resilient America can be, even in the face of terrible people in power. Need I suggest that this book has relevance today? ...

    Great book that is worth a read. You will walk away with a better understand how our current political climate fits into the greater scope of American history. ...