The Man Without A Country

The Man Without A Country (MP3 audio)

There are few tales charged with stronger patriotism than breathes from this narrative of a man who “loved his country as no other man has loved her; but no man deserved less at her hands.” — Henry Seidel Canby

“The Man Without A Country” is Edward Everett Hale’s haunting and patriotic tale of Philip Nolan, a young man enamored of the charismatic Aaron Burr. He participates in Burr’s mystery shrouded empire building scheme, for which Burr was charged with treason. But while Burr and the other leaders escape punishment, Nolan is convicted. When the presiding judge offers him an opportunity to prove his loyalty to the United States, Nolan replies in fury: “D—n the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!”

…and… for the next 50 YEARS he gets his wish.

This is a powerful and poignant tale — the ultimate “think before you speak” story — that you will long remember.

To download this 30 minute MP3 audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac. Other devices, just click the link and the program should play streaming online.

PROGRAM NOTE! Parents, we’re telling you this upfront, because we don’t want any emails fussing at us: Be aware that the protagonist of this story at one point does indeed yell out “D**n the United States!” This is a crucial turning point in the story, portrayed exactly as written in the original book. It is not done for sensationalistic reasons — it is a vital part of the story being told.  We could have spliced this out of the story, but it is a key point in the plot and the original book, so we have allowed it to remain. Obviously in 1954 the producers of this program – made specifically for family listening – felt the same way. If this is not acceptable to you, PLEASE DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS STORY!

3 thoughts on “The Man Without A Country

  1. By no stretch of the imagination was this story ever intended to promote patriotism.
    Fact: The sentence imposed by the court martial in that story would have had the same effect on the defendant even if the story had been set in the worst totalitarian entity ever concocted by history or fiction because any country, any homeland, is better than no homeland at all.
    Fact: The message that the story conveyed was not patriotism but distrust of one’s mentors and courts – specifically it conveyed the message to never expect so much as a sequitur response to any expressed protest.

  2. Do you have the pdf of the comic book? I would love to have access to that as well. My Mom has a collection of that series, and this is one she doesn’t have.
    Thanks for providing all the resources for free!

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