• Land of Hope

  • An Invitation to the Great American Story
  • By: Wilfred M. McClay
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We have a glut of text and trade books on American history. But what we don’t have is a compact, inexpensive, and authoritative book that will offer to American citizens a clear, informative, and inspiring narrative account of their own country. Such an account can shape and deepen their sense of the land they inhabit and, by making them understand that land’s roots, and share in its memories, equip them for the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in American society. It will provide them with an enduring sense of membership in one of the greatest enterprises in human history: the exciting, perilous, and consequential story of their own country.

The existing texts simply fail to tell that story with energy and conviction. They are more likely to reflect the skeptical or partial outlook of specialized professional academic historians, an outlook that leads to a fragmented and fractured view of modern American society and fails to convey the greater arc of history. A great nation needs and deserves a great and coherent narrative as an expression of its own self-understanding, and it needs to be able to convey that narrative to its young effectively. It perhaps goes without saying that such a narrative cannot be a fairy tale or a whitewash of the past; it will not be convincing if it is not truthful. But there is no necessary contradiction between an honest account of the American past and an inspiring one. This account seeks to provide both.

©2020 Wilfred M. McClay (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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An apt word in discouraging times

This was history reported in story form. It was a refreshing reminder of this experiment called America and how it offers a basis for hope to be realized. It painfully reminds of our shameful mistakes but in a context of a universally shared human weakness—not making excuses but I think more showing how desperately fragile a good government is to keep. The story is captivating and leaves you wanting to be that patriot for an enduring America, but a wiser and more humble one that hopefully learns from the past.

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Land of Hope

Outstanding and succinct review of the United States' development and turbulent but impressive past. I deeply appreciate the perspective that such a historical review provides and indeed, such historical reflection keeps me from quick judgement on past events and decisions.

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2020 would not be half so 2020 if Land of Hope was assigned reading

Worth the hype. Inspiring and heart-expanding. The basis of McClay’s historical philosophy is gratitude, and the need for a shared appreciation of the meaning of a nation that inspires, breeds love and gratitude, and pulls us upward toward the vision of our Land of Hope.

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EVERY American should read this book!

I absolutely loved this book. I'm a history enthusiast but I think this book is easily read and engaged with by any human being. It gives a clear, unbiased, and concise history of the United States told as a narrative. I can't put into words what this book made me feel... happy, patriotic, frustrated (if only!), ashamed, hopeful, etc... as I got toward the end, into more current events, I cried several times. Not a blubbering mess, but a few tears of frustration and often of pride. I will recommend this book to everyone I can.

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Home is a place where you love, live and leave a legacy. Usually children. 50 years ago, my Grandfather didn't appreciate my sense of humor. "Young man!" I'm going to tell you what my father told me." "You're American, speak American!" A very subdued youngster, croaked, "Yes Sir", in my normal voice. My Greatfather came here to America, as a 15yo man from Ireland.

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Need to know info

This should be taught in every single High School in America!!!!! I completely enjoyed this book and the course that accompanies it.

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Thoughtful overview of American political history

Thoughtful, though not exhaustive, overview of American political history. It was helpful to listen and follow along in the textbook.

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A masterpiece of didactic history

Mr. McClay presents an educational and objective narrative of the history of America, highlighting its beginnings, and the good, the bad and the ugly of its people and their leaders. History repeats itself if we don't learn from it. So this should be required study for every HS student and refresher reading for every adult citizen.

We need to know our past to understand our present and plan our future.

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Splendid

An excellent narrative retelling of the idea of the United States. It's past, it's present, and the hopeful possibilities of a country that is learning to live the truth that all men are created equal. May it continue to do so!

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Beautiful story BUT

This is a lovely story BUT it should never replace textbooks from the same events. I oppose using only this in classrooms as it skirts actual events and outcomes

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