"At a time when there is a lot of uninformed talk about American values, it's important to reach back and understand what those values truly are. Neil Baldwin does it in this smart and thoughtful narrative by looking at ten examples, ranging from John Winthrop's great sermon invoking a "city on a hill" to the Marshall Plan that saved the prospect of free-market democracy in Europe."
-Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin, An American Life
"The American Revelation is a revelation. Of Neil Baldwin's ten iconic lives, the incisive profile of the pioneering historian Carter Woodson stands out as a small masterpiece in the service of American exceptionalism at its best."
-David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race : 1868-1919
"This is history at its best-a stirring, passionate account of ten Americans whose idealism helped shape our nation. For a country on the verge of a new, increasingly divisive era, The American Revelation comes just in the nick of time."- Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winner, author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Waleship Essex
"What is an American? What do Americans believe? Why do we act as we do? At a time when much of the world, and even we ourselves, may not always be sure, Neil Baldwin, in this fascinating study, draws an illuminating portrait of the people and ideals that have guided our national destiny."- Ronald Steel, National Book Award winner, author of Walter Lippmann and the American Century
“A readable exercise in civics, and surely more inclusive than, say, William Bennett’s or Lynne Cheney’s published views on what those best ideals might be.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Eloquent…compelling.”—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“…this terrific book as historian and critic is the most up-to-the-minute, if not valuable, book [Baldwin has] written….[an] enormously readable book…”—THE BUFFALO NEWS