Jay Parini talks about his book, "Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Shaped America," on October 13, 2009 at The University of Scranton. The lecture is a part of the Schemel Forum Luncheon Series Insights into World Affairs: Past, Present & Future.

Jay Parini details the thirteen books he believes most shaped America. They include: Of Plymouth Plantation, The Federalist Papers, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Parini discusses his choices and their influence on American culture with Sam Tanenhaus, Editor, New York Times Book Review.