The American Spirit is a collection of speeches that David McCullough has given over a span of seventeen years, from 1989 until 2016. They include university commencement speeches and speeches at events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the White House, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, and the 250th birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette. There is also a speech given at a naturalization ceremony at Monticello in 1994.
David McCullough is one of the most engaging writers of American history for general audiences. His writing is optimistic and focused on the positive while still acknowledging the tragic episodes in the history he is recounting. If you are looking for nonfiction that will give you hope—not unshakeable confidence; that’s asking too much—for the future of America, this short book is worthy of your consideration.
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