America's Prophet

  • by Bruce Feiler
  • Narrated by Bruce Feiler
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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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Customer Reviews

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Another great book

Probably the most amazing thing about this book is that it illustrates how Moses has been a central character in the history of our country and nobody knew it. But it's all there and Bruce does a great job of moving through US history - from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to George W. and Obama. Scholarly and entertaining. I am fascinated about American history and have read and listened to just about anything I can get my hands on and yet, I was constantly educated with this book. I've already started it over again. Well worth the money!
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- TR

Learning history at its best!

The word Mosaic, what does that mean? You will know after reading this great book by Bruce. He does a fabulous job of narration and storytelling. The huge bonus is that he's done a ton of research and intertwines it with the greatest story! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot too.
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- Cathi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio