Moses And The American Story
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The exodus story is America's story. Moses is our real
founding father. The pilgrims quoted his story. Franklin and
Jefferson proposed he appear on the U.S. seal. Washington
and Lincoln were called his incarnations. The Statue of
Liberty and Superman were molded in his image. Martin Luther
King, Jr., invoked him the night before he died. Ronald
Reagan and Barack Obama cited him as inspiration.
For four hundred years, one figure inspired more Americans
than any other. His name is Moses. In this groundbreaking
book, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler travels
through touchstones in American history and traces the
biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through
today. He visits the island where the pilgrims spent their
first Sabbath, climbs the bell tower where the Liberty Bell
was inscribed with a quote from Moses, retraces the
Underground Railroad where "Go Down, Moses" was the national
anthem of slaves, and dons the robe Charlton Heston wore in
The Ten Commandments.
"Even a cursory review of American history indicates that
Moses has emboldened leaders of all stripes," Feiler writes,
"patriot and loyalist, slave and master, Jew and Christian.
Could the persistence of his story serve as a reminder of
our shared national values? Could he serve as a unifying
force in a disunifying time? If Moses could split the Red
Sea, could he unsplit America?" One part adventure story,
one part literary detective story, one part exploration of
faith in contemporary life, America's Prophet takes readers
through the landmarks of America's narrative—from Gettysburg
to Selma, the Silver Screen to the Oval Office—to understand
how Moses has shaped the nation's character. Meticulously
researched and highly readable, America's Prophet is a
thrilling, original work of history that will forever change
how we view America, our faith, and our future.
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