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In a collection of original essays, the venerated television journalist, Dan Rather, celebrates our shared values and what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like. Writing about the institutions that sustain us, such as public libraries, public schools, and national parks; the values that have transformed us, such as the struggle for civil rights; and the drive toward science and innovation that has made the United States great, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories, and offers listeners a way forward.

After a career spent as reporter and anchor for CBS News, where he interviewed every living president since Eisenhower and was on the ground for every major event, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Watergate to 9/11, Rather has also become a hugely popular voice of reason on social media, with nearly two million Facebook followers and an engaged new audience who help to make many of his posts go viral. With his famously plainspoken voice and a fundamental sense of hope, Rather has written the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are ultimately united.

©2017 Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 11-27-17

Well written work

Dan Rather did an excellent job in writing this book. Many great points and insights. I would recommend to others!

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Great words wonderfully narrated

Great words and stories very much needed at times of division of the American people.

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Outstanding Journalism

Dan Rather never seems to slow down or not have the appropriate words to use at any given time. Fast and easy book to read.

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Honestly, Humility, & Wisdom

What about Dan Rather’s performance did you like?

I liked hearing Rather tell his life story in his own voice. It was like listening to a wise older relative who reflects on their life story as part of a larger story about the American experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to this in one long sitting but my toddler had other ideas.

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Dan Rather synthesizes a lifetime of experiences at the front lines of American history with an exploration of the social, personal, and longer historical values that have shaped the United States. Rather reflects honestly on the failings of our county to live up to its highest ideals but he also puts forth numerous examples of the moments when America shone brightly as an example to the world. This book is so important because it describes why citizenship should be central to everyone's lives, especially in a time when national leadership is severely lacking. Rather's optimism is refreshing amid all the pessimism and despair of our current moment. He tempers this optimism with a serious consideration of the very real forces that threaten the stability that many Americans have long taken for granted. Rather has spent decades grappling with the question of what it means to be American and we can all learn something from his journey.

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shared beliefs

while none of us think exactly alike Dan Rather reminds us of the things we share

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Not the full book

Paid for audio book with kindle book, yet audio is only two chapters -- ripoff! I though I bought the whole book.

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Not good in audio version

I was unable to listen due to what seemed to be the clicking of lose dentures.

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