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A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States - winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others - that reminds us of fundamental American principles.
Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
©2017 David McCullough (P)2017 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray on 04-21-17

Our New "OLD MAN ELOQUENT" Rides Again

David McCullough is a musing, thoughtful philosopher/historian. He is my favorite author in any genre and every type ever...period. Perhaps it is due to the way his writing transcends genre, his voice transcends ages, and his heart is for all that is good for America and the world. If I could have 5 minutes in person with him, I would shake his hand as a man, hug him as a grandfather, and sit at his feet as a father asking "Please tell me more."

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jordan Poer on 04-25-17

It's college commencment day, most of the time.

If you could sum up The American Spirit in three words, what would they be?

College commencement speech

What was one of the most memorable moments of The American Spirit?

Reading of JFK's inaugural address.

What about David McCullough’s performance did you like?

Provides an "at a glace" look at some truly great Americans.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, best taken in 30-45 minute chucks. Some of the speeches overlap in their themes, so it is good to finish up a chapter and marinate on his words for a bit.

Any additional comments?

His speeches were more inspirational that what I had received when graduating (Justice Clarence Thomas did mine at UGA - it was lacking in enthusiasm). Overall a good selection of speeches that makes you proud to be an American and encourages you to aspire to more in personal and public affairs.

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