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Publisher's Summary

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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Hope. For both sides of the aisle.

I challenge any American not to be moved by Rather's appeal to learn from history and to embrace what made us strong, and release the fear that threatens to weaken us. If you are looking for Trump-bashing, you won't find it here; here is empathy, lessons in moments when this country was challenged, and pride in what the US has been and can be.

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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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What it means to be American

I brilliant read for someone living abroad for for the past 20 some years, but still feels deeply American because of the values Dan Rather outlines in his book. Patriotism vs. Nationalism... a fine line but an important distinction to be made. This book gives me hope for an America based on true values of respect, equality, justice and freedom!

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Love of Country

Mr. Rather has written a book that talks about America and in so doing has written a book full of hope and pride. Whether he is looking at American through the eyes of a boy growing up in Texas, a reporter covering one of his many stories, or an 86 year old grandfather, what I always heard was a profound love of country and a belief in it people and therefore a hope for its future. Mr. Rather is not without his opinions and so if you are closed minded, you will have the opportunity to disagree and or not approve. Listening to Mr. Rather talk about his country took me back to the days when I listened to him report and comment on the day’s events. I highly recommend this book.

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Needed

Mr.Rather 's book is very insightful and is needed at this time. It lightened my day during this age of corruption.

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such articulation of what true patriotism is it

amazeballs I loved it! this is an accurate articulation of what true patriotism is in America not to be mistaken for nationalism

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Integrity

Thoroughly enjoyed Dan Rather’s commentary and insight. I choose to share his hope that we can once again come together through commitment to the common good. Beautifully woven summary of history and front row observation from a brilliant journalist.

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American patriotism

I found this book as being a great way in reminding us what has made the United States great in the past, and future. Dan Rather reminds us that we are a nation of diversity, doers, and most importantly of great thinkers. I hope that we truly return to these and other things that have united us.

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Editing is bad

The editor/producer should have corrected the constant clicking sound and Rather’s voice escalations.
But still a great narrative.

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  • 10-08-18

Inspirational and enlightening

This is a thoroughly thoughtful and inspiring book. Thank you Dan for reminding us to never give up. Steady.