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This book should be required reading in every US history class. In fact, it should be required reading for every American. These unsung Patriots are not only a testament to the unparalleled bravery, spirit, and moral fortitude that this country was built upon but also a reminder of the potential for greatness that resides in the heart of every one of us. (Mark Levin Nationally syndicated radio host)|Rick Santorum’s American Patriots is a beautifully written, inspiring look at the forgotten heroes whose unparalleled bravery laid the foundation for our country. It’s hard to read this book and not be reminded that the ‘shining city’ still resides within each one of us. (Glenn Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Cowards and founder of TheBlaze.com)|American Patriots is the Profiles in Courage for a new generation. Bravo to Rick Santorum for shining a much- deserved spotlight on these unsung heroes of the Revolutionary era. (Laura Ingraham, Nationally syndicated radio host)

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It’s Time to Answer the Call
The United States of America was founded by ordinary citizens who willingly sacrificed their lives and fortunes in order to hand down the precious legacy of freedom we enjoy today.

In American Patriots, Rick Santorum shares the true-life accounts of twenty-five unsung heroic men and women from the Revolutionary War era. These citizen Patriots fought valiantly and made significant sacrifices to secure our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness―not only for themselves, but also for countless future generations.

Their stories provide stirring reminders of the extraordinary faith, courage, and determination that set this country on the path to greatness centuries ago, as well as continued inspiration for generations of American patriots to come.

Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 and in the US Senate from 1995 to 2007. He is the founder of Patriot Voices, a grassroots community that is committed to promoting faith, family, freedom, and opportunity, and to being a voice for those who often cannot fight for themselves. Rick and Karen, his wife of twenty-two years, are the parents of eight wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Gabriel Michael (deceased), Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick, and Isabella. Rick is also an accomplished author, having penned the 2005 New York Times bestseller It Takes a Family.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414379080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414379081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By justdoit on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is an easy read and is packed with history that inspired me. A book I want to share with my children. It has a good feel with the way the pages look and I'm planning to buy it for my family as a keepsake. Rick Santorum doesn't shy away from the Christian heritage. I'm so happy this book is available. Well written with excellent content.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OhioConservative on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Senator Santorum's book is a light, easy read, with many inspiring stories. But it also has some depth of thought with his understanding of the animating principles of the Founding Fathers.

After reading the stories, I was awed by their devotion to freedom. In a time of divisive, partisan politics, it was a relief to read something about what we have in common. It's a timely and timeless book.

I would highly recommend you read it and share it with friends.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie S. on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Recently, I finished reading American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom by Rick Santorum. While a slim book, American Patriots packs a lot of content and introduces readers to a larger scope of patriots beyond Washington, Henry, and LaFayette. After a brief introduction, Santorum organizes the book into the sections Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Each section contains an overview of that subject and describes what those terms meant to the founding fathers and people of that time period. Santorum then proceeds to share biographies of various patriots who are less well-known yet were instrumental in the War for Independence.

Santorum includes a variety of individuals and does not limit the selection to "dead, white males." Included are individuals of varying racial and ethnic groups as well as many women. Perusing the table of contents prior to reading the book, I found that all of the individuals listed except for three were unfamiliar to me. While reading the brief biographies of each individual, I found that several are considered regional heroes and would be quite familiar to individuals who live in those regions. Santorum also includes multiple references for individuals who may wish to further research any of these individuals.

American Patriots is recommended for multiple audiences. As Christmas is coming, American Patriots would be a great gift for a history buff. Teachers and home school families would appreciate the behind the scenes information beyond dates and battles American Patriots would add to a unit on the American Revolution. Families who enjoy read-alouds will find this a great resource as each chapter is brief yet meaty enough to elicit great conversation and character building. Our family plans to add this to our read-aloud pile.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger Leonhardt on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What are the two things everyone says we are never to talk about?

You guessed it - Religion and Politics! Those are my two favorite subjects.

This book is not quite about politics. It is about the history of America and those who died to give us the right to talk about religion and politics.

I have always loved history, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. I have heard Rick speak and am very impressed. His writing is interesting and never boring.

This book is a great read. Santorum has taken small bite-size storys and created a very interesting book. Each story takes a segment of someone in history who gave their time, money and life to help in our struggle for independence.

Many lost everything they had. I thank God every chance I think about what our ancestors gave to make us free.

It is a short read, but almost imposible to put down. I read it in a day. Each story is short, to the point and will leave you wanting more.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book, free of charge, from Tyndale House Books in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin M. West on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In a nutshell, it's a neat book. The faux-aged paper is a bit tacky, but the contents, if not researched and cited to an academic level, are nevertheless engaging. I was never a Santorum hater, but nor was I a huge Santorum supporter. I like a lot of what he's done, though his strict adherence to the GOP platform on all issues is tiresome. I'm a Ron Paul guy. I'm one for Liberty and the Republic. That being said, this was an overall enjoyable book. The chapters are short and pithy, and I did learn a few things about a few of the more obscure names from the history of the founding of this great Republic.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 1cassss on November 6, 2012
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I am a member of DAR Daughters Of The American Revolution....and have been doing family histories for a long time....I was excited when I saw him talkingg about his book on television one morning...and ordered it....It was nothing new and a little disappointing. I would have loved to have seen people that were not recognizable.....that way we would know some research went into the book.....Kathleen Schroeder
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Format: Hardcover
Santorum's book "American Patriots" is a short collection of the forgotten stories of certain American patriots that contributed to the making of our country. 'While the American Patriots of the Revolution accomplished the monumental task of establishing freedom, it has been the responsibility of every subsequent generation to maintain that freedom." As Reagan eloquently stated, "Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction."

Many forget the right to pursue happiness is not the right to do as one pleases in search of emotional well-being. Rather, the common understanding of happiness in the era of our Founding Fathers "was a result of doing what one ought to do according to God's laws." It is doing God's will that produces natural happiness.

I appreciated Santorum's reflection on John Witherspoon. The following quote is a great reflection of the pursuit of happiness. "To promote true religion is the best and most effectual way of making a virtuous and regular people. Love to God and love to man is the [substance] of religion; when these prevail, civil laws have litte to do..."
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