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

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Bantam Books, 1990 - History - 1397 pages
"This is a history of 'the major events, sensational happenings, and news-making personalities from the Great Depression through the second inauguration of Richard Nixon." Libr J "What must impress any reader as he submerges himself in this chronicle is the prodigious energy with which Manchester keeps the narrative moving; the infinite details ... which brighten the page; and at last, and very important, the fairness of the reporting." Atl Mon.

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A survey of interesting times, well written and informative. Lots of insights and personal references make it a very easy and quick history of the time in which the USA became the dominant power in the world. Read full review

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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

A forty-year study of the American national character. At various times thrilling, grotesque, encouraging, depressing. What must be said about it is that it's spectacular - and all true. Easily the best book I've read in 2009. Read full review

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About the author (1990)

William Manchester was born on April 1, 1922 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. After serving as a Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he completed his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts and earned his master's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He was a journalist for several years before becoming the managing editor of Wesleyan University's publications office. He spent the rest of his career at the University, serving in various roles including adjunct professor of history and writer-in-residence. In addition to several novels, her wrote a number of historical and biographical works. Among them are The Death of a President, which won the Dag Hammarskjold International Literary Prize and American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964. His last major work was a three-part biography of Winston Churchill, entitled The Last Lion. He received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2000. Manchester died on June 1, 2004, at the age of 82.

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