John's Pick: The American Story Conversations with Master Historians by David M. Rubenstein

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The American Story Conversations With Master Historians by David M. Rubenstein
Published: 2019
Publisher: Simon and Chester
Genre: Non Fiction, American History, Biography
Pages: 367
Available: Hardback, Kindle, audio

John read's lots of books. Lot's of nonfiction books. I thought I'd add his reading list to this website in order to cast a wider net of reviews and recommendations. This is the first one and it's pretty appropriate as the 4th of July is right around the corner. In these days of Covid isolation we will be unable to celebrate in our usual way-so why not spend so time reading about our founding fathers and other great men and women who shaped America. 

Official Blurb:Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.

In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they’ve come to so intimately know and understand.

— David McCullough on John Adams
— Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson
— Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton
— Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin
— Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln
— A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh
— Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King
— Robert Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson
— Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon
—And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts

Through his popular program The David Rubenstein Show, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in The American Story, David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.

Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.

John's recommendation: A great book for lovers of American history. Each chapter is an interview with the author of one or more biographies. The book is really a transcript the conversation between Rubenstein and the author in which they discuss the subject. You learn fascinating tidbits about each of the subjects in a condensed version. 

Jeanie's Note: Did you know that Martha Washington named her tomcat 'Hamilton' after Alexander Hamilton who was a notorious Ladies Man? Neither did I! This book is a brilliant read. Loved every chapter. 

We give this book: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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