The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream

By Rubenstein, David M.

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The capstone book in a trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story and host of Bloomberg TV's The David Rubenstein Show--American icons and historians on the ever-evolving American experiment, featuring Ken Burns, Madeleine Albright, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Jean King, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and many more.

In this lively collection of conversations--the third in a series from David Rubenstein--some of our nations' greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas. 

Jill Lepore on the promise of America
Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant
Ken Burns on war
Henry Louis Gates Jr. on reconstruction
Elaine Weiss on suffrage
John Meacham on civil rights
Walter Isaacson on innovation
David McCullough on the Wright Brothers
John Barry on pandemics and public health
Wynton Marsalis on music
Billie Jean King on sports
Rita Moreno on film


Exploring the diverse make-up of our country's DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is--and what it can be.