Bestselling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America’s rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness.
Among the stirring, illogical episodes described here:
• A band of desperate religious refugees find themselves blown hopelessly off course, only to be deposited at the one spot on a wild continent best suited for their survival
• George Washington’s beaten army, surrounded by a ruthless foe and on the verge of annihilation, manages an impossible escape due to a freakish change in the weather
• A famous conqueror known for seizing territory, frustrated by a slave rebellion and a frozen harbor, impulsively hands Thomas Jefferson a tract of land that doubles the size of the United States
• A weary soldier picks up three cigars left behind in an open field and notices the stogies have been wrapped in a handwritten description of the enemy’s secret battle plans—a revelation that gives Lincoln the supernatural sign he’s awaited in order to free the slaves
When millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved’s sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as “fortune’s favorite,” shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.
The American Miracle
This book was a Christmas Gift, and I would not have read it had it not been a gift. Further, having heard brief segments of Michael Medved's radio show, I viewed his knowledge as average, therefore not competitive for my attention. Was I ever wrong! Not even a Chapter into this book, did I realize that I had been too quick to judge Medved's credibility. On my list of favorite books about our American Heritage, this is a phenomenal book. The research Medved had to have done to prepare to write this book is astonishing. His writing grabbed ahold of me and would not let me go. Had I not read this book, I would not have known what I didn't know. This is a great book in my opinion.