The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream

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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
  • Paul Simon and 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.

by David M. Rubenstein

Item Number: 21101