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America's Prophet : Moses and the American Story
by Bruce Feiler


Overview - Bruce Feiler s New York Times "bestsellers Abraham, Walking the Bible, "and Where God Was Born" brilliantly explored the roots of faith. With America s Prophet, "Feiler looks at Moses and the essential role the prophet has played in our nation s history and development.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Bruce Feiler s New York Times "bestsellers Abraham, Walking the Bible, "and Where God Was Born" brilliantly explored the roots of faith. With America s Prophet, "Feiler looks at Moses and the essential role the prophet has played in our nation s history and development. Bruce Feiler s most fascinating and thought-provoking book to date, America s Prophet" delves deeply into how the Exodus story and America s true Spiritual Founding Father have inspired many of the most important figures and defining events in this country s history from the Mayflower Pilgrims to the Civil Rights movement and how Moses can provide meaning in times of national crisis, even today."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060574888
  • ISBN-10: 0060574887
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 368


Related Categories

Books > Religion > Religion, Politics & State
Books > Religion > Comparative Religion
Books > History > United States - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
  • Review Date: 2009-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

A bestselling author for his popular explorations of the lands of the Bible, Feiler turns his attention to the biblical figure of Moses in U.S. history. He argues that the story of the life of Moses as told in the book of Exodus has been the dominant metanarrative employed by political and social leaders in shaping America's identity, from the Pilgrims escaping religious persecution to the civil rights movement with its vision of a Promised Land. A journalist rather than a historian, Feiler approaches his subject using the same formula he has employed in previous books: physical walks through historic sites and interviews with experts. Although the book offers snippets of interesting anecdotes, the approach is uncontroversial and the book lacks forward momentum. Feiler is a popularizer, and readers interested in a light and cursory treatment of a theme in U.S. history will enjoy it. Readers wanting a more in-depth and critical understanding of the subject may want to look elsewhere. (Oct.)

 
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