- File Size: 1055 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939880297
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Crumm Media, LLC (January 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FN91A4I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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United America: The surprising truth about American values, American identity and the 10 beliefs that a large majority of Americans hold dear Kindle Edition
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This book was a great read for a commuting young professional, as each chapter is a fulfilling and independent short read. The book is peppered with fascinating historical tidbits (who knew that Memorial Day began as an honoring by former slaves of the Union soldiers who died in a Confederate prison camp, fighting for slaves’ freedom?) and compelling personal anecdotes that help the reader find connections and common ground with the author. Each time someone sat next to me on a train or plane and asked what I was reading, their faces lit up (I believe with surprise and hope) when I told them what my book was about. I think discouraged Americans have been yearning for thorough, legitimate research like this to come out! Put this book on your summer reading list, your book club’s docket, your classroom’s syllabus. You won’t be disappointed :)
By Duncan Newcomer
This book is a tool and a tool-kit. As a tool it can promote dialogue across political divides because it starts with the blockbusting news from the social sciences that there are ten underlying values that Americans hold dear, values that can hold America together. As a tool-kit it offers a treasure chest (to extend the image) of apt historical background, many little-known intriguing facts, unusual and significant quotes from great Americans and great American documents, uplifting samples of blogger opinions, relevant and pointed questions, (we’re not done yet) fascinating takes on pop culture, heart-warming anecdotes, all under-scored with a broad array of highlights from a variety of contemporary academic writers. That is a full kit.
The book is valuable in the very same way that the ten core American values are valuable—that is to say that regardless of your gender, age, income, race, religion, or politics you can find this book inspiring you to live up to the values you will recognize as your own, and can begin to believe belong to others as well. You may not have thought the people on the other side of your fence shared those values with you, but you can begin to believe it.
If you believe, as many do, that a one-side media and narrow-based politicians have high-jacked our political world you’ll find growing comfort in this book. If you want motivation for greater harmony you will find that also in this book as you read the facts of just how far we all are from living up to the values we share.
This handy little book belongs in lots of college and high school class rooms, in every campaign manager’s brief case, and in thousands of small group discussions. It belongs in Congress. The news and narratives here are an invitation to hope. The history is solid ground. The values are not going away. The book is a rational response to fear and it is a touchstone for talking together or just for your own thinking. It can help you think more clearly about a wide variety of hot button and background issues. From that thinking can come some new feeling for what is best about America. That in itself is an attractive alternative to the dead-end destructive discourse we have heard and even have withdrawn from.
This book can inform those in business seeking to understand the greater culture we are a part of, those looking for common ground after the evening news, and those who believe values are at the root of our behavior.
I would strongly recommend that you read this book and join in what Dr. Baker calls the “civil dialogue.” You will not be sorry.