Glory and the Dream
William Manchester

Book cover image

Narrated By: Jeff Riggenbach

Duration: 2 days, 9 hours and 23 minutes

What to expect

This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti—everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, The Glory and the Dream relives the epic, significant, or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War. From the Great Depression through the second inauguration of Richard M. Nixon, Manchester breathes life into this great period of America’s growth.


History of the Americas, History, History of the Americas, General and world history

Listen to a sample


New York Times

“Manchester has an uncanny ability to give his readers an almost tactile sense of the past and to make them feel, ‘So that’s how it was!’”