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70 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2011
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. To insure that we as a nation are going to have to make some very tough, painful decisions now and not a decade hence. Gingrich has the guts to "tell it like it is." That is vision, and that is a rare thing to find today. . . But you will find it in this book and this man.

To be fair and up front, some of you reading this might recognize my name. Yes, I've co authored several books about history with Newt. And I must add here a sharp clarification. At least one reviewer on this site has made scurrilous implications about Newt's involvement in our novels. Newt truly is a co-author in every sense of the word and I am proud to work with him.

In closing I have tried to be balanced in the review of this book, transcending personal involvement and friendship. If I honestly did not see this work as one of the finest "campaign books" ever, a book I urge every voter to read, I would simply have remained silent. Even if you do not support Newt's efforts read the book anyhow to glean a wealth of information, ideas, and questions you should be asking all candidates a year from now. Whomever sits in the Oval Office on Jan. 21, 2013, this time they must be there because of their ability, intellect, understanding of the uniqueness of our country, and with the guts to make hard choices in the tradition of Lincoln and FDR, rather than a president elected with vague impossible "feel good" promises. It is time for a revolution in how we select our president, to return to the real issues, which are. . .THE ISSUES, rather than a popularity contest as trivial and absurd as American Idol.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
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. Neither were some other guys that turned out to have the right stuff when it counted.( can you say "Franklin... Jefferson... Grant... Patton?) But this book has convinced me that Speaker Gingrich both understands the problems America faces at the moment, AND understands procedurally what must be done to start to overcome them.

Great book!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you wonder what Newt's talk of a "solutions campaign" is all about this is a good place to go to find out. Newt has always been a man of big ideas focused on problem solving. His love of country is well known. In A NATION LIKE NO OTHER he attempts to help reawaken the country to the "exceptionalism" of the United States and make a case for why it should be embraced and fought for in this crucial period of our history. It could be read as a companion to his previous TO SAVE AMERICA. The book is clear, to the point and a quick read. The reader will better understand Newt's campaign for the presidency as it focuses on the various parts of why he thinks we are exceptional as the various chapters ("Who we are," "work," "civil society," "rule of law," and "safety and peace," to note a few.)the elements of why he thinks we are exceptional and why our government should embrace the concept in its domestic and foreign affairs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
An excellent read. Well thought out, researched and documented! So much truth found in here is omitted or covered up by today's news media. In order to know who we are today as a nation, we need to know what our foundations are.
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41 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
This essence of this book is what I've preached to my Grandchildren every opportunity I have. The reason I do so, is because the vital lessons Newt cites in `A NATION LIKE NO OTHER' are being lost in today's schools and they must be returned and learned.

The article in Chapter 6, titled `PHILANTHROPY: FREEDOM'S WAY OF SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND' is one of many perfect examples of how it `should' be....and not how the current government is `forcing' it to be. Words cannot explain how important this book is at this time in history. It's vitally important that it be used in schools to serve as a balance to the increasingly socialistic curriculum that is being taught. This book is vital to misguided young and older American adults who have been led to believe that that their country's exceptional greatness has been wrong. And this book is also important to those of us who have never wavered in the faith we have in our country. It reassures us that the country of our Founding Fathers is still there for us to protect and preserve. It further reassures us that those who have tainted her can be removed and replaced by true American leaders who will dust her off and restore her to her original glory again.

Read this book and pass it along to your Children and Grandchildren. Explain to them what it means and you've given them the best gift ever.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
Truly one of the best books I have ever read! Newt takes the time to support every assertion he makes with historical facts. He goes back to the Declaration of Independence and follows the founders through the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights.... Everything you need to defend and restore America's place in the world.
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
A Nation Like No Other is THE authority on the nature, historical roots, accuracy, and necessesity of American Exceptionalism. What this book is not: an expose as to why Americans themselves are better than all other people. What this book is: an account of why America's roots and certain inherencies are both unique and preferrable relative to those of all other countries.

The introduction contains a story, which I will not spoil here, that should inspire any proud and patriotic American. It is a fitting "tone setter" for the rest of the book.

Part I ("Remembering Who We Are") contains three chapters that thoroughly flesh out the history of where American Exceptionalism came from. Do not take Gingrich's word for it though. He uses the words of the Founders themselves (both public statements and private correspondences and all thoroughly cited) are used without editting to bolster the book's arguments. Even if one were not interested in American Exceptionalism itself, the book's first 72 pages are worth its purchase for the history contained therein.

Part II ("Defining American Exceptionalism") is the "meat and potatoes" of the book. It builds upon what the first Part establishes as a uniquely American history by laying out clear examples of American Exceptionalism at work in the present day as well as government's role in diminishing those five, timeless values that underly this Exceptionalism: faith and family, work, civil society, rule of law (not of men), and safety and peace. This includes examples from people's lives, Supreme Court cases, government agency actions (and not just federal agencies), etc. In this Part, Gingrich also explains why these values are so important not only for the well being of Americans but also for the health and longevity of America itself.

Part III ("America Rising") provides attestations to this Exceptionalism by immigrants, by "those who can trace their lineage to the Founders", and even by foreigners in their own words. This includes immigrants' accounts as to why they came to the U.S. and what their experiences here have been. It includes Americans' own efforts to uphold these values and the ways in which they've seen them at work - and seen them infringed upon - in their own lives. This Part also contains a detailed list of the ways in which average Americans (as opposed to someone "in the Oval Office") can work to ensure that these values are not forced from society and thus that American remains the world's "last best hope."

The book's conclusion is apt and fitting. It is thought provoking. In style, it reminds one of Reagan's answer when he was asked about his strategy for writing speeches: "I tell them what I'm going to tell them, I tell them, then I tell them what I told them." The conclusion itself is forward-looking (it's titled "January 20, 2021") and leaves the reader with the sense that we as Americans will ultimately write this book's final chapter. It really is up to us.

This book is not to be missed.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
In Mr. Gingrich's newest book, "A Nation Like No Other," the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives concisely explains the events that have shaped the United States into the country that it is today. Also, Mr. Gingrich poignantly identifies the central issues that the United States is facing today and why the idea of American Exceptionalism that has led this country to the forefront is being threatened by left-wing elitists.

I can think of no better a time for a book of this nature to be released to the public. Faith in the United States is crumbling both domestically and internationally. The idea that America is the most exceptional country to ever inhabit the earth has come under fire by "enlightened" thinkers who view America as the catalyst to the world's problems. Mr. Gingrich passionately defends the United States and its exceptionality and provides the reader with a clear definition as to why America is exceptional and how to keep it that way.

My favorite chapter, "Civil Society, The United Citizens of America," directly rebuts the left-wing ideology that the government can and will solve all of our problems. To quote Mr. Gingrich in this chapter,

"Beginning in the Progressive and the New Deal eras, and especially since the time of the Great Society, liberal politicians and social thinkers have viewed the unpredictable and dynamic nature of organic society as a problem that needs to be solved. They believe that, unlike the great men and women who came before them, they can resolve the major social problems and transform America into a better, fairer, more prosperous country. The instrument used to bring about this ideal society, of course, is government, which is meant to instill virtue, knowledge, prosperity and dignity in the people and bind them together in pursuit of common national goals and ideals."

This statement goes to the heart of the great divide between left-wing thinkers and traditional conservatives. On the left, elites view government as a social tool that is necessary to make America better, whereas traditional conservatives view the individual within society as the tool that will help to create a more prosperous and virtuous country. Mr. Gingrich clearly defines this divide and exploits the underlying weaknesses in the left's arguments.

In short, "A Nation Like No Other" is a fantastic read. It is incredibly fast-paced, provides the necessary facts to logically back up the author's arguments and it provides a plan to every American on how to keep the United States the most exceptional country in the world. This book is a necessity for those who are confused between what the left-wing media is propagating and what the truth really is. Truly, a job well done by the most qualified candidate for the Presidency of the United States.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2011
Very well written. I was very touched by some of the stories Newt gives as examples of the American spirit and those who gave up everything to realize the American dream. We truly have been blessed with a wonderful freedom and we cannot let it slip away. Thanks Mr. Gingrich.
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