Through eras of strife and triumph, America has been shaped not just by our leaders and values but also by our music, whether carrying us through dark days or celebrating bright ones. From "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Born in the U.S.A.," Jon Meacham chronicles the stories behind songs of the Civil War, the fight for women's suffrage, the world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam war, while Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. The book also pays homage to the musicians who inspired us as a nation, including Marian Anderson, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, and Carole King.
"What a gem of a book!… This is an unusually well-written and moving story; it's about us and U.S. all at the same time—as intimate as it is majestic in scope and reach."—Ken Burns