The Broken Heart of America by Walter Johnson audiobook

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States

By Walter Johnson

Basic Books 9780465064267

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 04/14/2020

    ISBN: 9781549131745

  • Available on 04/14/2020

    ISBN: 9781549131721

Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A searing portrait of the racial dynamics that lie inescapably at the heart of our nation, told through the turbulent history of the city of St. Louis.


From Lewis and Clark's 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, American history has been made in St. Louis. And as Walter Johnson shows in this searing book, the city exemplifies how imperialism, racism, and capitalism have persistently entwined to corrupt the nation's past.


St. Louis was a staging post for Indian removal and imperial expansion, and its wealth grew on the backs of its poor black residents, from slavery through redlining and urban renewal. But it was once also America's most radical city, home to anti-capitalist immigrants, the Civil War's first general emancipation, and the nation's first general strike -- a legacy of resistance that endures.


A blistering history of a city's rise and decline, The Broken Heart of America will forever change how we think about the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Walter Johnson’s latest is a masterpiece that both haunts and inspires.” Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Walter Johnson’s latest is a masterpiece that both haunts and inspires: at once a personal reckoning; a sweeping 200-year history of removal, racism, exclusion, and extraction; and a story that powerfully lifts up the human beings who, in 2014, stood together in Ferguson to demand accountability for the layered injustices that have so scarred not just one city—but America itself.” Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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Author

Author Bio: Walter Johnson

Author Bio: Walter Johnson Walter Johnson is Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. A Missouri native and author of the critically acclaimed Soul by Soul, which won numerous prestigious awards, and River of Dark Dreams, he lives in Arlington, MA.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English