America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story

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Whenever the USA has experienced hard times it has turned to the Exodus story for direction, inspiration and hope. The Pilgrims quoted his story. Franklin and Jefferson proposed he appear on the U.S. seal. Washington and Lincoln were called his incarnation. The Statue of Liberty was molded on his image. Martin Luther King invoked him the night before he died. Barack Obama casts his presidency in his image. As they face another moment of national anxiety - and ask, What is the meaning of America? What are our values? Will we rise again? Moses once more holds the clues and points the way. In his boldest book to date, Bruce Feiler 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. Meticulously researched and highly readable, "America's Prophet" is a thrilling, entirely original work of history that will forever change how we view America, faith and the future.

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Fascinating and thought provoking. --Booklist

This is one of the most original, intelligent and endlessly fascinating books I have read in years, it should become a set book for anyone wanting to know what truly makes America tick. --Simon Winchester

What a smart, original, and deeply intriguing reflection on the role Moses played yes, Moses in U.S. history. America s Prophet is Bruce Feiler at his innovative best, compelling, sweeping and engaging. Highly recommended! --Douglas Brinkley

This is one of the most original, intelligent and endlessly fascinating books I have read in years, it should become a set book for anyone wanting to know what truly makes America tick. --Simon Winchester

What a smart, original, and deeply intriguing reflection on the role Moses played yes, Moses in U.S. history. America s Prophet is Bruce Feiler at his innovative best, compelling, sweeping and engaging. Highly recommended! --Douglas Brinkley

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Bruce Feiler is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and Where God Was Born, as well as the host of Walking the Bible on PBS. An award-winning author, journalist, and speaker, Feiler is a graduate of Yale and Cambridge Universities. He is a frequent contributor to NPR, CNN, and Fox News. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and twin daughters.

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