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“Belief in American Exceptionalism leads inexorably to a smaller, more effective, accountable, and limited government. The American revolutionaries did not shed their blood for the welfare state; nor did they aim to replace the arbitrary rule of King George and his ‘multitude of New Offices’ and ‘swarms of Officers,’ as stated in the Declaration of Independence, with their own oppressive bureaucracy. Instead, they fought for individual liberty—and that made America an exception among all other nations.”

—From the introduction

About the Author

Speaker Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Newt and his wife Callista host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include A City Upon a Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism, Nine Days that Changed the World, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published twenty-four books, including thirteen fiction and non-fiction New York Times bestsellers. He resides with Callista in McLean, Virginia, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596982713
  • ASIN: B005DI8LIW
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cashmandoo on December 1, 2011
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First, a caveat:

I was born a democrat, son of a policeman in Boston. Now a registered Independent, I was one of the Tea Party guys from the early days who helped to get Scott Brown to take over the "Kennedy Seat" in Mass. Enough about me.

Gingrich and Haley do a very credible job in this book providing a historically sound portrayal of the very early days of the English settlement of the east coast of the North American continent. They then tie some of the experiences of the early settlers into the development of an American Ethos that has become what differentiates us from many people around the world. There are several words that aptly describe the American character that the authors convey: indefatigable... optimistic...determined... and charitable. A look at our darkest hours over the years will find that these are the traits that have always not just gotten us through, but allowed us to PROSPER when conventional wisdom said "these guys are done".

(Having lived abroad for 5 of the past 15 years, I can tell you that these aren't usually the first words that come to mind when other cultures are asked for their impressions of us. But with some dogged persistence, the ethnocentrism embraced by virtually all cultures starts to wear a bit thin, and you start to hear that other cultures are, indeed, struck by America's amazing ability to produce people en mass with the above tendencies. )

To net it out... this book is a call to action. It identifies exactly what the issues are with our "radical secular" judiciary, with the progressive movement in general, and lays out specific things we can all do to start taking our country back. 2012 is a critical year.

Speaker Gingrich is no saint.
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70 of 99 people found the following review helpful By William R. Forstchen on June 15, 2011
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It has become tradition for nearly all candidates to publish a book about "their vision" a year or so before the election. Some rise to the occasion, most are fluff, some are absolutely pathetic especially if you read them a year or two after the candidate is in office. This work stands out as a different kind of book. It is courageous, a demonstration of guts because Gingrich lays out a very clear agenda of the tough decisions that must be made now rather than hand us feel good stories. Rare indeed for a candidate to declare, in writing, what his goal is not on his first day in office, (and if it does not materialize "oh well, it was just a campaign promise anyhow,") but to present a document declaring, "this is where I plan for us to be my last day in office."

The book, is a rally cry as well that America is indeed an exceptional nation, in the best sense of that word exceptional. Gingrich, an historian with a Ph.D. long before he was a member of Congress presents a clear, concise understanding of American history, conveying the message that if we are to chart a better future, we first must understand our past and how we arrived where we are now. Gingrich presents us with a fundamental question and analysis. Historians can never argue with the fact that the 20th century was indeed "the American Century," but the challenge Gingrich presents in this book is how to insure that our grandchildren can some day say that the 21st century was "The American Century" as well. This is not a candidate thinking just a few months ahead to winning a nomination, this is a man, with a sense of history, who is asking to look generations ahead and insure that our grandchildren have an America that is secure, prosperous and still a global leader.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Professor Smith on June 19, 2011
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What is most helpful about this book is that it explains the historical foundations of the idea of American Exceptionalism. The concept of American Exceptionalism is not a matter of arbitrary patriotic pride. It is a matter of historical fact arising from the founding of the nation on the revolutionary principle that the people are not the servants of the government, the government is the servant of the people. That gave rise to the comprehensive protections for individual rights in American government, the democratic process of our government, and the culture of personal and economic freedom that prevails in America.

This was certainly pathbreaking and exceptional among the community of nations, and America continued as the exceptional nation promoting these doctrines of liberty throughout the world both by example and by advocacy. This book goes on to explain how this American exceptionalism is at the root of America's history of world leading prosperity and the American Dream that still serves as a beacon to the world, drawing ultimately hundreds of millions to these shores.

The book continues by discussing the threats to American exceptionalism and the continued viability of the American Dream and our heritage of world leading prosperity. It discusses what needs to be done to restore that world leading prosperity and to assure the American Dream is passed down to our children and grandchildren.

This historical background shows why it made no sense for President Obama to say in 2009 that he believes in American Exceptionalim just as the Greeks believe in Greek Excpetionalism and the British believe in British Exceptionalism.
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