The Soul of America, The Battle for our Better Angels By Jon Meacham

Four Stars

The author is a history professor at Vanderbilt University and the book reads like in was written by an academic. That’s not a bad thing but realize that when you start reading that it is a history book. He highlights the accomplishments of many of our presidents such as, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment and Lyndon Johnson taking on his party to push through civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965.

This book highlights the achievements of presidents to push through important changes that are mostly positive in their affects on the citizens of the U.S. It is well-written non-fiction history. My only complaint is that he didn’t include huge failings of some of the Presidents he praised such as LBJ’s massive involvement in the disastrous Vietnam War.

Even with this shortfall, which reduced the stars to four, the book is an enjoyable read and well-worth your time.