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The B&N Podcast

May 23, 2018

Historian, journalist, editor and biographer Jon Meacham has never shied away from challenging subjects.  American Lion, his study of the presidency of Andrew Jackson, captured one of America's most controversial and consequential figures for the 21st century, and brought its author the Pulitzer Prize.  He joins us on this episode to talk about The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, a study of the urgent moments, from Reconstruction through early 20th century battles over immigration, McCarthyism, racism and equal rights, that have tested the national character — and give us, he writes, an opportunity to better understand what we can be in the here and now.