For almost four decades, Bruce Springsteens music has directly inspired, influenced, and uplifted millions of devoted fans, who hold a special place in their hearts and minds for his work. Springsteens rise to the top of American music coincided with the triumph of American conservatism, and the veneration of marketplace values above democratic principles and humanistic priorities. Springsteen has consistently summoned his creative power and artistic vision to indict these political developments and demand the cultivation of a more compassionate and progressive society. And yet his often harsh critique of the status quo and radical ideas for reform have either been ignored or misunderstood, as a result of his All American image and his narrative storytelling style. On nearly every major issueGCopoverty, racism, urban decay, war, and peaceGCo Springsteens music has offered a unique vision for moving forward with the agenda of creating the country we carry in our heartsGCoas he called it in an op-ed for the New York Times. Filled with provocative analysis of Springsteens best known hits and his most obscure songs, comparisons to other important works of American cultureGCoranging from The Sopranos to Edward HopperGCoand a wealth of information about the last fifty years of American politics, culture, and society, Working On a Dream is a powerful and engaging study of this songwriter and performers art.