America - Empire Of Liberty

  • by David Reynolds
  • Narrated by David Reynolds
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

This is the first of three audio volumes taken from the 90-part Radio 4 series. It tells the story of America through the voices of those who were there, from presidents to slaves. It celebrates the American achievement and evokes the sound and colour of daily life; it also explores the paradoxes of American history. through three themes - empire, liberty and faith - that together this vivid saga. PART ONE - from the beginnings to the start of the Civil War in 1861 The series is written and presented by David Reynolds - a prize-winning Cambridge historian whose previous work for the BBC includes the 2008 TV series Summits.

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Radio documentary

This is definitely a survey, not an in-depth analysis. It's a radio documentary, divided into 13-14 minute segments, with music, sound effects, and extensive quotations from journals, letters, and documents of the time (read by actors). What's lost in depth is made up in variety: you get a sense of the vast numbers of people who make up the history of the country. David Reynolds has published a book under the same title that follows this recording quite closely but is not identical. The first volume covers the period from the early European explorations through the election of 1860.
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- Tad Davis

Mostly accurate

On the whole, an overview of American History. As for Cherokee history, some of the specifics were inaccurate though the spirit of the narrative was true to the subject.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2008
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited