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Jon Meacham

Autor de American Lion

35+ Obras 12,568 Miembros 290 Reseñas 8 Preferidas

Sobre El Autor

Jon Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 20, 1969. He received a degree in English literature at the University of the South. He joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995. Three years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing editor, supervising coverage of politics, international mostrar más affairs, and breaking news. In 2006, he was promoted to editor at Newsweek. He is currently an executive editor at Random House. He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House in 2009. His other works include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013 his title Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power made The New York Times Best Seller List. In 2015 Meacham's title Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush made The New York Times Best Seller List. His most recent book is entitled The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels (2018). mostrar menos

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Obras de Jon Meacham

American Lion (2008) 3,240 copias, 65 reseñas
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012) 2,509 copias, 76 reseñas
Impeachment: An American History (2018) — Contribuidor — 118 copias, 2 reseñas
Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher (2014) 107 copias, 4 reseñas
Beyond Bin Laden: America and the Future of Terror (2011) — Editor; Introducción — 22 copias, 1 reseña

Obras relacionadas

Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games (1989) — Prólogo, algunas ediciones204 copias, 47 reseñas
The Civil War Trilogy (2011) — Editor — 91 copias, 1 reseña
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 (2010) — Introducción — 44 copias
Courage Is Contagious and Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama (2017) — Contribuidor — 38 copias, 1 reseña
Sermons from the National Cathedral soundings for the journey (2013) — Prólogo, algunas ediciones8 copias


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Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program

Songs of America is a telling of American history with popular songs. The first chapter takes us back to the days up to and including the revolution, when songs like "Yankee Doodle" and "Hail Columbia" were popular. The second chapter takes us through the War of 1812, when the "Star Spangled Banner" was written (it didn't become the national anthem until the early 20th century). This chapter also takes us through the antebellum era, when slavery was rampant and abolitionism began, with songs like "John Brown's Body" and "America" (My Country 'tis of Thee). The Civil War era introduced songs like "Dixie" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Later chapters discuss World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, The first Gulf War and 9-11. Each step of the way, the author introduces songs, both supporting and protesting, what was going on. Among those are "Over There", "Blowin' in the Wind", "Born in the USA" and many, many more. There are many color illustrations, and sidebars by Tim McGraw where he talks about what certain songs mean to him. Personally, I could do without McGraw's comments, but I'm sure his fans would disagree. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and found it a quick read. It may look like a text book, but don't let that dissuade you from picking it up and enjoying American history told through the songs of each era.

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SteveCarl | 8 reseñas más. | Jun 24, 2024 |
A tough one for me. This was the audiobook version of the book, read by the author himself. I was very excited about this publication when I saw it was a thing. Mr. Meacham is a favorite author of mine and Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War are what I obsess over. So when I heard that this book was coming out I thought that the man and the hour had met yet again!
I want to say that this book blew me away. I want to say that it was a unique examination of Lincoln and the times. I want to say that I couldn't stop listening. But alas, I was left wanting. I will admit that I have a pretty high bar of expectations when it comes to these two. When it was all said and done "And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle" was a good book. Not very good, great or excellent. Just good.
Mr. Meacham was a good reader, not great. His tone became monotonous at times, it is a voice that doesn't annoy nor draw the listener in with its warmth and inviting, varying tones. If I had to describe it in one word I would say it was good.
There were no new revelations, no new spin or take on the different parts of Lincoln's life or administration. No hot takes, no change of positioning, no elevation or apotheosis. This is not a hagiography or a burning in effigy either. It has not found any lost resources or utilized any resource that was previously unknown or unused. It is just a good one volume biography of our 16th president with a focus on the struggle for the freedom of the slaves and Civil Rights.
One of the things that attracts me to Mr. Meacham is that he writes very well. He did not disappoint with this publication either. His prose as usual is scholarly yet easy to read and quite digestible. He has a great ability to turn a phrase and get his point across in a seemingly effortless manner, yet I have a feeling it was all quite effortful. And I am not saying that this is a bad book and that it should not be picked up, not in the least. In fact it is Meacham's writing that makes it unique in the annals of Lincolnania.
No, "And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle" by Jon Meacham was not what I wanted. But that is on me and my expectations. So, did the man and the hour meet? Upon further reflection...they might have. Maybe, maybe it was the man, just not quite the hour... regardless it was a tough one for me.
I would give it a 3.5 stars.
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Schneider | 11 reseñas más. | May 22, 2024 |
(Available in Print: COPYRIGHT: 5/8/2018; PUBLISHER: Random House; 1st edition; ISBN: 978-0399589812; PAGES: 416; Unabridged.)

(Digital: Yes)

*Audiobook: COPYRIGHT: 5/10/2018; PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; ISBN: 978-0525640066; DURATION: 11:01:34; Unabridged

(Film or tv: No.)



How I picked it: It was either a news show that recommended it, or an article I read.

What it’s about: Meachum discusses politics and the office of the US President, touching on historical events and the efforts, of politicians to enact legislation for or counter to the promise of the constitutional promise of liberty and justice for all citizens. He points out that leaders reflect the will and collective soul of those they lead, and that for the many steps backward, the trend is ever, on the whole---over time, forward and upward.

What I thought: Nicely researched and written. Inspiring.

Jon Meachum (5/20/1969):
From Amazon: “Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, he is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Meacham lives in Nashville with his wife and children.”

Fred Sanders
From Penguin Random House:
“Fred Sanders has been seen on Broadway (The Buddy Holly Story), in national tours (Driving Miss Daisy and Big River), and on TV, including Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs, Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. A native New Yorker and Yale graduate, he now lives in LA.”
I feel that typically most authors DO need to let professional actors narrate their works, but I don’t find any flaws in the author’s Intro or conclusion. Never the less, Fred Sanders does a marvelous narration here.

Non-fiction; Biography; US History;

United States

Contemporary (2018)

Politics; Civil Rights; Presidency

From the Introduction – To Hope Rather Than To Fear
"There is a rich history of discussion of what the Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal, writing in 1944, called the American Creed: devotion to principles of liberty, of self-government, and of equal opportunity for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or nation of origin. Echoing Myrdal, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., wrote, “The genius of America lies in its capacity to forge a single nation from peoples of remarkably diverse racial, religious, and ethnic origins….The American Creed envisages a nation composed of individuals making their own choices and accountable to themselves, not a nation based on inviolable ethnic communities….It is what all Americans should learn, because it is what binds all Americans together.”
I have chosen to consider the American soul more than the American Creed because there is a significant difference between professing adherence to a set of beliefs and acting upon them. The war between the ideal and the real, between what’s right and what’s convenient, between the larger good and personal interest is the contest that unfolds in the soul of every American. The creed of which Myrdal and Schlesinger and others have long spoken can find concrete expression only once individuals in the arena choose to side with the angels. That is a decision that must come from the soul—and sometimes the soul’s darker forces win out over its nobler ones. The message of Martin Luther King, Jr.—that we should be judged on the content of our character, not on the color of our skin—dwells in the American soul; so does the menace of the Ku Klux Klan. History hangs precariously in the balance between such extremes. Our fate is contingent upon which element—that of hope or that of fear—emerges triumphant.
Philosophically speaking, the soul is the vital center, the core, the heart, the essence of life. Heroes and martyrs have such a vital center; so do killers and haters. Socrates believed the soul was nothing less than the animating force of reality. “What is it that, present in a body, makes it living?” he asked in the Phaedo. The answer was brief, and epochal: “A soul.” In the second chapter of the book of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible, the soul was life itself: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” In the Greek New Testament, when Jesus says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” the word for “life” could also be translated as “soul.””

5 stars.

7-9-2022 to 7-28-2022
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TraSea | 48 reseñas más. | Apr 29, 2024 |
I liked the way it focused on his relationships and how they shaped his presidency
cspiwak | 64 reseñas más. | Mar 6, 2024 |



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