The exodus story is America's story. Moses is our real founding father. In this groundbreaking book, New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler travels through touchstones in American history and traces the biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through today.Feiler visits the island where the pilgrims spent their first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower where the Liberty Bell was inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the Underground Railroad where "Go Down, Moses" was the national anthem of slaves, and dons the robe Charlton Heston wore in The Ten Commandments.One part adventure story, one part literary detective story, one part exploration of faith in contemporary life, America's Prophet takes readers from Gettysburg to Selma, the Silver Screen to the Oval Office, to understand how Moses shaped the nation's character. America's Prophet is a thrilling, original work of history that will forever change how we view America, our faith, and our future.More
The author narrates his "narrative of hope" with clarity and authority. Using well-documented research, he illustrates why African-American slaves clung to the Bible, in particular the Exodus narrative and Moses's story, as examples of hope. More journalist than historian, Feiler brings to life four hundred years of American history with what he calls "touchstone" narratives. He describes visiting the island where America's Founding Fathers experienced their first Sabbath, then the Liberty Bell, inscribed with the words of Moses. His depictions of slave trade stories, the Underground Railroad, and the inspirational singing that was part of slave culture - in particular the song "Go Down, Moses" - are emotional and believable.
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Another great book
Learning history at its best!