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The American Experiment

By: David M. Rubenstein
Narrated by: David M. Rubenstein,Ken Burns,Madeleine Albright,Jon Meacham,Billie Jean King,Wynton Marsalis,Rita Moreno
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The instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller

The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times best-selling 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.

©2021 David M. Rubenstein. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Categories: History

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A post graduate experience

As a physician , I acknowledge my ignorance in most of the interviews just experienced . We go through undergraduate education concentrating on basic sciences & medical & postgraduate education without knowing about so much of the world. David Rubinstein through his 3 books has given me an education into this world which I’m eternally grateful

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Authors Anti Trump Bias Too Much

Is was hard to listen any longer once the author got to his views on Trump both Covid and the 2020 election.
Had to turn it off.

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Somewhat enjoyable

I enjoyed the interview format of the book. It does seem that these interviews were tailored towards a more democratic, liberal philosophy listener. Very few, actually none, spoke about what it means to them to be an American

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uneven but worthwhile.

uneven but worthwhile. The American Story much stronger. but as a series of interviews, needs to be listened, not read on the page.

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very educational and enjoyable

such interesting interviews. learned something unexpected from each one. made my daily walk fly by.

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great listen

great listen to so many wonderful perspectives. great american stories. so much that we can accomplish

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Well Done.

Although I do not like Rubenstein's style of interviewing his subjects, the topics, and the interviewees made the entire listen more than worthwhile. Wynton Marsalis was mesmerizing