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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553379
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., is the President of The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s leading public policy think tank. Dr. Feulner has studied at the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Regis University. He is also the author of six books, including Getting America Right.



Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of organizations and individuals. Tracy has studied, researched, written, and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, and business. He has authored more than 45 books.


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My husband and I both enjoyed reading this book this month.
Jaclyn R. Swartz
The American spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great is a wonderful book that celebrates the American spirit and what it means to be an American.
Firefly
In today's partisan political atmosphere, some may say this book is written from a conservative point of view.
Robert R. Briggs

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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Hutson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
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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.
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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.
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