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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442223804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442223806
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim R. Holmes makes a compelling case that what has long been best in the American spirit still burns bright today. Contrary to the pessimists, Holmes argues that America's greatest days remain ahead - if we build on the values and freedoms that have made us great. (Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute (AEI))

Courageously 'politically incorrect,' Holmes shows how and why a cultural decline has harmed our country and how 'we the people' can restore America to greatness. Holmes diagnosis and prescriptions couldn't be more timely. (Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-In-Chief, Forbes, Inc.)

Kim Holmes has performed a masterful job of showing what made America great, what went wrong, and how we can get back on the right track to ordered liberty. The key is understanding the connections between morality and freedom, civil society and limited government, culture and the Constitution, American ideals and institutions. (Robert P. George, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University)

In his superbly written history of American greatness, Kim Holmes reminds us that with all our flaws and weaknesses, the United States remains a nation of strength, decency, and honor - because brave men and women have willed it so. This book engages the mind and inspires the soul. (Paul McHale, President, Civil Support International LLC; former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Retired Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps)

Our character, values, and founding principles once made America the envy of the world. As Kim Holmes brilliantly argues, that can be the winning formula again. (Cal Thomas)

From the foreword: This is one of those books that helps to keep the moral light burning in the dark. Argue with it, disagree with it, do better than it. (If you can.) But face the questions for our souls that it sets flickering in the uneasy, restless camps throughout the land. (Michael Novak, Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, 1994 Templeton laureate)

Refreshing . . . Rebound compiles an impressive list of the policies and institutions that allowed America’s political, social, and economic experience to prosper from the start. (The Weekly Standard)

About the Author

Kim R. Holmes, a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, oversaw the think tank’s defense and foreign policy team for more than two decades. He is one of Washington’s foremost foreign and defense policy experts, and served as assistant secretary of state under George W. Bush.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katy on October 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's easy to read, which is refreshing. Holmes opens with a story of two men, one from the 50s and one in today's culture. The juxtaposition shows the inner struggle between politics and the society of today versus where it was, putting the fight of modern opposing values in context.

Holmes does an excellent job of presenting why we must strive to move forward by learning from our roots and holding fast to those values that have kept us free.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Haley Bookout on November 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Kim Holmes’ book Rebound: Getting American Back to Great is an extremely informative and essential read for any American who is both concerned and wants to learn more about the current state of our nation and how we have arrived here. As a young conservative surrounded by a very liberal education system, I found Rebound to be an extremely refreshing read. Dr. Holmes very smartly separated the book into three distinct sections each defined with very thorough research and explanations on topics of importance. First, Rebound gives a comprehensive overview of our past government policy decisions and the cultural movements of America. Then, Dr. Holmes digs into the present state of our nation, including our dependency on welfare, the current debt crisis, and our current view of the U.S. Constitution. Finally, Rebound provides readers with a sense of hope for the future and I found this final section of the book to be the best feature because there are few contemporary scholarly books that offer such an in-depth analysis and propose real solutions to the problems currently faced by our gridlocked government. Dr. Holmes proposes very real solutions that give Americans hope of a return to the once prosperous and exceptional country that so many Americans have been proud to call home and would be proud to leave to their children and grandchildren. This “rebound” is contingent upon our ability to be true to our history, our identity, and our principles; the true guide to getting America back to great lies in this engaging book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J Michaels on November 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So often in today's busy world, we live in the moment: work deadlines, family needs, bills to pay... and "breaking news" with red alerts flashing is the most we sometimes get to understand what's happening nationally. (That's me, anyway.)
'Rebound' takes a step back. Kim Holmes invites us on a journey to uncover how America got where we are today. It's big-picture analysis on the next generation's increasing isolation, how the 60s "summer of love" movement was not ultimately freeing, and why this plays into America's role in the world.
You might say 'Rebound' is the anti 'America: The Story of Us' -- History Channel's 2010 mini-series that places the federal government front-and-center in the United States' economic and global rise. Great visuals, just the narrative lacks what 'Rebound' provides: an understanding of America's values, weaving in great lives along with solid stats to back it up.
Many people seem to be puzzled by how conservatives view the world. With Rebound, a historian with policy expertise presents that narrative you need: just the right mix of data, stories and analysis to provide real insights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Dickson on April 13, 2014
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We have strayed badly as a people from the principles of the Founding Fathers. Holmes provides a well thought out analysis of how we got off the path and what to do about it. Very well written, clear, and readable. Recommended for anyone who is concerned about the direction we are going.
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