The American Spirit and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Save: $5.88 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The American Spirit: Cele... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great Hardcover – June 11, 2012


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, June 11, 2012
$19.11
$0.84 $0.01

Remembering Who We Are by Zev Chafets
Remembering Who We Are by Zev Chafets
Shopping for a college graduation gift? This collection of commencement speeches may be just the send-off message you want to give that special someone. Learn more | See similar books
$19.11 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great + Animal Farm
Price for both: $24.23

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.

 

 

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Cooper on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
One of the things that got me about this excellent book was the optimism it bestows. It reminds us why our republic is so exceptional. The authors point out, there is no French Dream, no Russian Dream, no Chinese Dream...only an American Dream. Globally people aspire to this dream, and the opportunity simply doesn't exist in its form anywhere else in the world. That we the people govern the government, and not the other way around. Wow. These are principles worth remembering.

This book, co-written by one of the greatest conservative icons of our generation, Ed Feulner, lays it out in a clear, easy-to-read story that should be shared far and wide. Highly recommend.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
After over coming an acute and instant dislike of this book's cover I was pleased to find the book pretty decent. My judgment of the cover was based on an intense dislike of using the American Flag for commercial purposes and the fact this cover reminded me too much of the boring textbooks that were forced on me throughout my school years. Don't let the cover dissuade you from enjoying this excellent read.
The book includes 20 chapters each one dealing with one facet of the American Spirit. They include `Patriotism, Freedom, Individuality, Optimism, Foresight, Good Citizenship, Honesty, Something for Nothing, Faith, The Law, Tolerance and Open-Mindedness, Idealistic Realism, Pragmatism, Problem Solving, Generosity, Capitalism, Education, Money and Taxes," and "Courage." This list of subjects will remind many people of the twelve characterizations of the Boy Scouts--"Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Brave, Clean, etc." However the book is much more than that. Each of the chapter topics are explained, defined and shown how they are a part of the so-called "American Spirit." Where they fit into the "American Declaration of Independence" and "U.S. Constitution" is explained in terms that anyone can understand.
"American Spirit exists, that it defines us as a people, and that it deserves to be preserved" is the basic theme of the book.
"A patriot is someone who loves his country, who is willing to sacrifice for his country, and, yes, a patriot is someone willing to lay down his life for his country."
This short volume is filled with illustrations and stories about the American Spirit. Many of them will bring tears to the eyes of the readers.
It's a very uplifting and easy to read and understand book.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Hutson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I enjoyed this book and I learned a lot from it. Will you like it?

To help you determine whether or not you should purchase it I have listed the 20 chapter headings and the quote each chapter starts with. If you find yourself agreeing with these quotes then you'll probably enjoy the book. If you don't, then your idea of the "American Spirit" is something very different than what the authors believe it is and you probably won't enjoy the book.

Chapter 1: Patriotism. "Sure, I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure, I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be." --John Wave

Chapter 2: Freedom. "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." --Thomas Jefferson.

Chapter 3: Individuality. "Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men." --John Stuart Mill

Chapter 4: Responsibility. "It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." --Ronald Reagan

Chapter 5: Optimism. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." --Helen Keller

Chapter 6: Foresight. "Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise. . . . The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer." --Proverbs 6:6; 30:25

Chapter 7: Good Citizenship. "The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight." --Theodore Roosevelt

Chapter 8: Honesty. "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." --Thomas Jefferson

Chapter 9: Something for Nothing.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Liberally crammed (pun intended) with quotes and anecdotes from America's founding fathers, the friends and former colleagues of Ronald Reagan and members of the The Heritage Foundation, The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great could easily be titled "Conservatism 101" instead.

Authors Ed Feulner (President of The Heritage Foundation) and Brian Tracy maintain a brisk pace through 20 virtues and values. However, a consistent narrative is often sacrificed for a deep-thinking game of Jenga. Quotes are lumped upon quotes. More often than not the stackable format topples the chapter.

I was hoping for a deeper study of the American Spirit. I agree with a lot of the points but I've read them before. This book didn't cover new ground so much as it lightly tilled it.

Here are the 20 virtues and values listed in order and a couple of my chapter-specific thoughts.

* Chapter 1: Patriotism; Chapter 2: Freedom; Chapter 3: Individuality

* Chapter 4: Responsibility - This chapter includes one of the lighter moments, "a verbatim call from a citizen to a 911 dispatcher in Orange County, California" better known as the `cheeseburger emergency.'

* Chapter 5: Optimism

* Chapter 6: Foresight - This chapter ends with a focus on reigning in runaway spending and deficits.

* Chapter 7: Good Citizenship - The Tea Party Movement appears on page 91.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great
This item: The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great
Price: $19.11
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?