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American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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American Patriots is the Profiles in Courage for a new generation. Bravo to Rick Santorum for shining a much- deserved spotlight on these unsung heroes of the Revolutionary era. (Laura Ingraham, Nationally syndicated radio host)
This book should be required reading in every US history class. In fact, it should be required reading for every American. These unsung Patriots are not only a testament to the unparalleled bravery, spirit, and moral fortitude that this country was built upon but also a reminder of the potential for greatness that resides in the heart of every one of us. (Mark Levin Nationally syndicated radio host)
From the Back Cover
The United States of America was founded by ordinary citizens who willingly sacrificed their lives and fortunes in order to hand down the precious legacy of freedom we enjoy today.
In American Patriots, Rick Santorum shares the true-life accounts of twenty-five unsung heroic men and women from the Revolutionary War era. These citizen Patriots fought valiantly and made significant sacrifices to secure our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness―not only for themselves, but also for countless future generations.
Their stories provide stirring reminders of the extraordinary faith, courage, and determination that set this country on the path to greatness centuries ago, as well as continued inspiration for generations of American patriots to come.
Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 and in the US Senate from 1995 to 2007. He is the founder of Patriot Voices, a grassroots community that is committed to promoting faith, family, freedom, and opportunity, and to being a voice for those who often cannot fight for themselves. Rick and Karen, his wife of twenty-two years, are the parents of eight wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Gabriel Michael (deceased), Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick, and Isabella. Rick is also an accomplished author, having penned the 2005 New York Times bestseller It Takes a Family.
Top Customer Reviews
After reading the stories, I was awed by their devotion to freedom. In a time of divisive, partisan politics, it was a relief to read something about what we have in common. It's a timely and timeless book.
I would highly recommend you read it and share it with friends.
Santorum includes a variety of individuals and does not limit the selection to "dead, white males." Included are individuals of varying racial and ethnic groups as well as many women. Perusing the table of contents prior to reading the book, I found that all of the individuals listed except for three were unfamiliar to me. While reading the brief biographies of each individual, I found that several are considered regional heroes and would be quite familiar to individuals who live in those regions. Santorum also includes multiple references for individuals who may wish to further research any of these individuals.
American Patriots is recommended for multiple audiences. As Christmas is coming, American Patriots would be a great gift for a history buff. Teachers and home school families would appreciate the behind the scenes information beyond dates and battles American Patriots would add to a unit on the American Revolution. Families who enjoy read-alouds will find this a great resource as each chapter is brief yet meaty enough to elicit great conversation and character building. Our family plans to add this to our read-aloud pile.Read more ›
You guessed it - Religion and Politics! Those are my two favorite subjects.
This book is not quite about politics. It is about the history of America and those who died to give us the right to talk about religion and politics.
I have always loved history, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. I have heard Rick speak and am very impressed. His writing is interesting and never boring.
This book is a great read. Santorum has taken small bite-size storys and created a very interesting book. Each story takes a segment of someone in history who gave their time, money and life to help in our struggle for independence.
Many lost everything they had. I thank God every chance I think about what our ancestors gave to make us free.
It is a short read, but almost imposible to put down. I read it in a day. Each story is short, to the point and will leave you wanting more.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book, free of charge, from Tyndale House Books in exchange for an honest review.
Many forget the right to pursue happiness is not the right to do as one pleases in search of emotional well-being. Rather, the common understanding of happiness in the era of our Founding Fathers "was a result of doing what one ought to do according to God's laws." It is doing God's will that produces natural happiness.
I appreciated Santorum's reflection on John Witherspoon. The following quote is a great reflection of the pursuit of happiness. "To promote true religion is the best and most effectual way of making a virtuous and regular people. Love to God and love to man is the [substance] of religion; when these prevail, civil laws have litte to do..."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
neat read. some of the unknowns who helped throw off the chains that tied us to Great Britton.Published 5 months ago by shuby24
Very good book with fascinating detail to our legal system and U.S. Constitutionality.Published 18 months ago by WALTER
Love this easy to read book, makes you appreciate our founding patriots.Published 20 months ago by Pepper
The book is written so simply. It's written to make uneducated hard blue collar workers feel like they really could make a difference. It's embarrassing.Published on August 29, 2014 by Picky