Book Review: Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made A Nation

It's easy to view songs as pleasant diversions in our lives, but historian John Meacham and country star Tim McGraw team up to thoroughly dispel that notion. In this handsome hardcover, the two demonstrate in fascinating detail how songs have played a powerful role in inspiring and shaping events in American history, everything from vintage tunes like "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "This Land Is Your Land" to modern-day million-sellers like "We Gotta Get Out of This Place, "Born in the USA" and "Fortunate Son."

By John Meacham and Tim McGraw

(hardcover) $30.00