How the past shapes our present and informs our future.
“History is an extension of life. It both enlarges and intensifies the experience of being alive. It’s like poetry and art. Or music. And it’s ours, to enjoy.” – David McCullough
by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw
Through all the years of strife and triumph, America has been shaped not just by our elected leaders and our formal politics but also by our music—by the lyrics, performers, and instrumentals that have helped to carry us through the dark days and to celebrate the bright ones. From “The Star-Spangled Banner” to “Born in the U.S.A.,” Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation. As Quincy Jones says, Meacham and McGraw have “convened a concert in Songs of America,” one that reminds us of who we are, where we‘ve been, and what we, at our best, can be.
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50th Anniversary Experience
by Rod Pyle
July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of an American triumph: the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission that successfully sent the first men to the moon. This lavishly illustrated book features a foreword by Buzz Aldrin, exclusive interviews with the adult children of the Apollo 11 astronauts, stunning photographs and many rarely seen images and documents. Acclaimed science author Rod Pyle offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at America‘s journey to the moon—from the space race to the landing on the Sea of Tranquility to the splashdown on Earth and the aftermath. With compelling firsthand accounts and a gripping narrative, this gorgeously designed volume fully immerses readers in the Space Age.
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“History encourages, as nothing else does, a sense of proportion about life, gives us a sense of the relative scale of our own brief time on earth and how valuable that is.” — David McCullough
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