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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show—American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show—American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and many more. In this lively collection of conversations—the third in a series from David Rubenstein—some of our nations’ greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas. -Jill Lepore on the promise of America -Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant -Ken Burns on war -Henry Louis Gates Jr. on reconstruction -Elaine Weiss on suffrage -John Meacham on civil rights -Walter Isaacson on innovation -David McCullough on the Wright Brothers -John Barry on pandemics and public health -Wynton Marsalis on music -Billie Jean King on sports -Rita Moreno on film Exploring the diverse make-up of our country’s DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be.


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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show—American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show—American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and many more. In this lively collection of conversations—the third in a series from David Rubenstein—some of our nations’ greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas. -Jill Lepore on the promise of America -Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant -Ken Burns on war -Henry Louis Gates Jr. on reconstruction -Elaine Weiss on suffrage -John Meacham on civil rights -Walter Isaacson on innovation -David McCullough on the Wright Brothers -John Barry on pandemics and public health -Wynton Marsalis on music -Billie Jean King on sports -Rita Moreno on film Exploring the diverse make-up of our country’s DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be.

30 review for The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream

  1. 5 out of 5

    skip thurnauer

    In The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream, David Rubenstein offers slices of the American dream cut across a variety of perspectives. Chapters include: Promise & Principle (Constitution and Declaration), Suffering & Sorrow (wars), Restoration & Repair (civil rights), Invention & Ingenuity (American innovation), Creation & Culture (the arts), Becoming & Belonging (inclusiveness). In his introduction, Rubenstein asks "How did this experiment endure over centuries against all odds?.. In my v In The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream, David Rubenstein offers slices of the American dream cut across a variety of perspectives. Chapters include: Promise & Principle (Constitution and Declaration), Suffering & Sorrow (wars), Restoration & Repair (civil rights), Invention & Ingenuity (American innovation), Creation & Culture (the arts), Becoming & Belonging (inclusiveness). In his introduction, Rubenstein asks "How did this experiment endure over centuries against all odds?.. In my view, the republic persisted and grew into the most powerful nation on earth as a result of a unique combination of factors that came together in a serendipitous way." He suggests America's genes ultimately coalesced and jelled, enabling the country to overcome a host of existential challenges. Rubenstein interviews a wide array of people including academicians, artists, athletes, social activists, and others to explore the country's genetic makeup that tell the story of America, "the grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian Fiedler

    I read most of the 27 interviews. My favorite: David McCullough on the Wright Brothers. I will sample the remainder in audio book, which I can freely obtain with scribd. I have done a little investigation for you all. I was not successful in finding the 27 interviews consolidated at Youtube, Bloomberg or the New York Historical Society websites. The NYHS site looked promising, but as of 11/29/2021 the "on-demand" offering is dysfunctional: https://programs.nyhistory.org/register I recommend brows I read most of the 27 interviews. My favorite: David McCullough on the Wright Brothers. I will sample the remainder in audio book, which I can freely obtain with scribd. I have done a little investigation for you all. I was not successful in finding the 27 interviews consolidated at Youtube, Bloomberg or the New York Historical Society websites. The NYHS site looked promising, but as of 11/29/2021 the "on-demand" offering is dysfunctional: https://programs.nyhistory.org/register I recommend browsing the paper book. I found mine in the new book section of by local public library, was pleased enough, and took it home.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott Martin

    (Audiobook) This compilation of interviews offers insight into American history, life, culture and a number of other aspects that seeks to answer the question about what it is to be American and what it is not. The author/compiler interviews a wide swath of subjects, from the famous to the not-quite-so-well known. However, all offer their insights into the American Experience. This is much to learn and gleam. Perhaps this work might take a very “liberal” turn for the definition of America, but i (Audiobook) This compilation of interviews offers insight into American history, life, culture and a number of other aspects that seeks to answer the question about what it is to be American and what it is not. The author/compiler interviews a wide swath of subjects, from the famous to the not-quite-so-well known. However, all offer their insights into the American Experience. This is much to learn and gleam. Perhaps this work might take a very “liberal” turn for the definition of America, but it is still interesting and insightful. Definitely go with the audiobook if you can.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    * Supposedly asked if we had a monarchy or republic while leaving Independence Hall, Ben Franklin replied, "A republic if you can keep it." * America's 13 key genes: Democracy, Voting, Equality, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, Civilian Control of Military and Peaceful Transfer of Power, Capitalism and Entrepreneurship, Immigration, Culture, American Dream Promise and Principal (Jill Lepore) * Technology we have to communicate matters as to what government * Supposedly asked if we had a monarchy or republic while leaving Independence Hall, Ben Franklin replied, "A republic if you can keep it." * America's 13 key genes: Democracy, Voting, Equality, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, Civilian Control of Military and Peaceful Transfer of Power, Capitalism and Entrepreneurship, Immigration, Culture, American Dream Promise and Principal (Jill Lepore) * Technology we have to communicate matters as to what government forms. Columbus says indigenous people had no language because he didn't understand it. * Vast natural wealth of N. America and slavery makes capitalism possible * Portugal heavily involved in slavery and helped seed it in America * Amerigo Vespucci made case of the New World so German map maker honors him with name America. * There were 26 colonies including the Caribbean. Caribbean needed Britain's power due to being severely outnumbered by slaves. Caribbean was more profitable for Britain. Britain gave up on the less profitable northern colonies. * Only a govt can grant rights. Needs citizens participation. * "We hold these truths... all men are created equally..." is attractive because black abolitionists in 1820s framed it universally. Jefferson was simply thinking of white men when he wrote it although it is never explicitly stated leaving door open to reframe. * Confederacy is allowed to win the peace during Andrew Johnson's presidency and for Lepore is the worst thing that happened in American history. * Democratize bankruptcy because risk is good. * Worst military decisions have been made by those who haven't served. End of the draft worsened American policy. * Technology of communication shape our political orders. 7 realignments of political order coincide with technology advancement. * Obama's legacy is his election. Trump's crisis of epistemological knowledge. * We can know things by reading poetry. But, all knowledge is sought in data these days and it's always looking to the future and not to the past. Declaration of Independence (Danielle Allen) * Preamble to Declaration of Independence has become better known than the Decarlation itself * Right to govern is derived from the population * James Wilson from PA signed Declaration and Constitution said C rested on D * James Otis "No taxation without representation" * Olive Branch petition gets no response. British attacking coast. Colonists take that as what King George's intentions are. * VA wants revolution because British Gov there said any slave who escaped and fought for British would be free. VA says that interferes with their property. * Life Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness... thinking at the time was Property not Pursuit. John Adams thought govt should have same goal as man... happiness. Also, was strike against slavery changing those words. * Religious compromise good one and slavery a bad one July 3rd-4th * Adams says only men can govern but all can pursue happiness. Abigail Adams essentially says one must be able to govern to be able to pursue happiness. Religious Freedom (Katherine Breckis) * First bible printed in US was to convert Algonguins * People who fled to colonies to practice religious freely but could be quite opposed to others doing so * Pilgrims said there was no reforming Church of England. Puritans wanted to reform it. * Puritans felt threatened by Quakers and 4 were hung on Boston Common * Jefferson was a Deist... God created the world but is no longer involved * Catholics first place was Maryland, Jews was NY * Slaves were indigenous African religions, Muslim, and Catholic from modern Angola (Congo then) because king there had converted earlier * Reconstruction Klan fought right of newly freed slaves to vote. Birth of Nation makes Reconstruction Klan heroes. 2nd Klan forms from this renewed pride. 2nd Klan focuses on black, Catholic, and Jews. * Hebrew bible slavery was not race based. Curse of Ham was way of trying to shoe horn it (never mentions skin color). First Amendment (Donald Graham) *

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Deardurff

    Twenty-seven diverse Americans discuss America's founding documents, the history of wars, the fight for women's suffrage, civil rights, innovation and invention, Arts and Culture, and a concluding section on inclusiveness. Best to listen to on audiobook. Twenty-seven diverse Americans discuss America's founding documents, the history of wars, the fight for women's suffrage, civil rights, innovation and invention, Arts and Culture, and a concluding section on inclusiveness. Best to listen to on audiobook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a fascinating book. The interviews were all really interesting and I learned a lot from many of them. Especially interesting were the citizen tests at the end of the book. I wonder how many of us could pass.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Philbrook

    I highly recommend the audiobook. The interviews cover a very large range of topics with people who are experts in their fields. They are all great storytellers and historians.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Solon Liberman

    OUTSTANDING!

  9. 4 out of 5

    William

    3.5 The parts I liked, I really liked. The parts I didn't were few and far between. 3.5 The parts I liked, I really liked. The parts I didn't were few and far between.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Valenta

    I highly recommend this book. It is a series of interviews with prominent people from sports to politics about being American.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Greg

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    Jodie

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    Bruce Smith

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    Jay

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    Terry

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    Joanne G. Miller

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    Brian Eshleman

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    Alex Fagen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Williams

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