America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America

America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America

by Bruce Feiler


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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061726279
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 426,645
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Savannah, Georgia


B.A., Yale University, 1987; M.Phil. in international relations, Cambridge University, 1991

Table of Contents

I Moses! Moses! 1

II An Errand into the Wilderness 7

III Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land 35

IV A Moses for America 73

V Let My People Go 106

VI The War Between the Moseses 140

VII Mother of Exiles 176

VIII The Ten Commandments 208

IX I've Seen the Promised Land 241

X A Narrative of Hope 275

Giving Thanks 311

The Books of Moses 315

Select Bibliography 325

Index 337

What People are Saying About This

Simon Winchester

“This is one of the most original, intelligent and endlessly fascinating books I have read in years: it should become a set book for anyone wanting to know what truly makes America tick.”

Douglas Brinkley

“What a smart, original, and deeply intriguing reflection on the role Moses playedyes, Mosesin U.S. history. America’s Prophet is Bruce Feiler at his innovative best: compelling, sweeping and engaging. Highly recommended!”

Tony Horwitz

“With a journalist eye and an adventurers spirit, Bruce Feiler brings his prodigious gifts of biblical analysis to a reconsideration of Moses as the essential prophet of the American Experience. This is an accessible and engaging book of indispensible insight.”

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America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I know most of you know the story of Moses and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt into the land of milk and honey. But did you ever stop and think just how that story still relates to America? Do you see the correlation in the Pilgrims fleeing their ruling King James of England in search of the New Land? Or how many of our past presidents have made reference to the story of Moses and his life, the instruction from God, the giving of the 10 Commandments, and thus failure to follow God. Moses was commanded to follow God's instruction to the T, and every time he didn't he was punished. He never got to see the fulfillment of the Promised Land to the people he led for 40 years in the desert. In the book, America's Prophet, How The Story of Moses Shaped America by Bruce Feiler, you are taken back to the story of Moses and see how many times this very man and his life is repeated through our own history in America. I can honestly tell you as someone who loves history and faith in God, this book spoke to my heart and soul. I absolutely loved seeing God's hand in the creation of this once blessed nation and how He continues to mold and shape us through the retelling of the story. You'll learn about the history and creation of the liberty bell and learn how God was involved. What the actual inscription means that is molded into the bell. You'll learn how valuable the Bible was that Washington used, what scripture was open when he took his oath of office and what the connection was to September 11, 2001. You'll learn what the original seal was supposed to be, and how we got to the eagle and one-eye pyramid, and so much more. I think I interrupted my husband so much with each new tidbit I learned and couldn't wait to share it. This is a must read for those that love history, especially American History and how God really worked in this great nation even to the present day. I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and must say it's a permanent fixture in our library now for our kids to learn about as we study history. Any parent would benefit from teaching their kids a little bit more about what's missing from our traditional history books.
mosesmom More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully researched history of the United States and how we got to where we are today. Moses has been with us all the way from the Pilgrams, to our first President, slavery, Civil War, Emancipation and into New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. This a great read.
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avidreader73 More than 1 year ago
Oh, the things they fail to teach us in school. A must read.
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