What Unites Us

What Unites Us

Reflections on Patriotism

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“I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan Rather

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

Baker & Taylor
"In a collection of essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values, reminds us of what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like"--

& Taylor

The Emmy Award-winning veteran journalist shares passionate essays about what it means to be an American and the relevance of patriotism in today's world, exploring subjects ranging from the institutions that support the nation, major events from that past half century and how the country can better unite to secure a collective future.
The veteran journalist shares essays about what it means to be an American and the relevance of patriotism, discussing the institutions that support the nation, major events from the past half century, and how the country can better unite to secure a collective future.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616207823
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 R188w
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Kirschner, Elliot


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Jul 20, 2018

Alternative title could have been: "How to REALLY make America Great Again, instead of decimating all the norms and ideals that decent people appreciate about America". But I digress. Rather (one of my media heroes for all he did covering Presidents Johnson and Nixon, and the Civil Rights movement for CBS) remains cautiously optimistic despite all the negativity...while still pointing out the validity of negative sentiment. And never names the source of most negativity...but it's between many lines.

There are some pretty crazy comments far below. Not sure what any of them have to do with the book?

Jan 25, 2018

Inspiring, beautiful and a breath of fresh air during these tense times.

OLATHEAllisonB Jan 04, 2018

Written with gentle humility yet alight with passionate conviction, this book is an encouraging read for anyone (left or right) who is disappointed with the way things currently are in the United States. Through the lens of 5 American virtues - Freedom, Community, Exploration, Responsibility, and Character - Rather examines the country as he has experienced it, applauding where he has seen us do well and pointing out where we still have room to grow. Rather's writing voice is pleasant and engaging, and the organization of the book covers a wide array of American values, some of which are fresh and engaging: for instance, in the section titled Exploration, Rather offers three short essays (Science, Books, and The Arts) that examine the American spirit of learning and creating. Although Rather defines himself as a liberal, the care in which he presents his views makes this a book that crosses party aisles; it encourages all Americans to stand side by side and move toward our Constitution's description of a "more perfect union."

Nov 09, 2017

Speaking as a lifelong radical progressive, I despise the King of Fake News, Dan Rather. He was the one, lest anyone forget, who lied repeatedly and vociferously about the Kennedy assassination, being one of the // select few \\ allowed to first view the Zapruder film, Rather would lie consistently, claiming that the president's head snapped forward - - as if from a rear kill shot - - instead of snapping backwards followed by a backward blood spray as a chunk of his brain flew back on the limo's trunk!
Which is probably how he came to receive the CBS anchor job, which was easily lost to him when he and his pathetic producer fell for a simply scam to confuse and bewilder the populace: Rather focused on Geo. W. Bush missing those ANG formations, which of course wasn't the REAL STORY - - which was the fact that Bush NEVER qualifed as either an officer or a pilot - - but of course Rather was incapable of ever digging up, or breaking, any Real News!

Jun 01, 2017

Just take a look at this, then ponder whether Rather was any kind of real journalist:
The first is typically cleverly edited, and recent, cutting out when Lee Oswald begins pleading for legal representation at a midnight press conference:

The next one is the complete, unedited version showing Oswald repeatedly pleading for legal representation, which he never received [also never received is one phone call, which in his case, the telephone number went to his emergency CIA contact]:

The final one, is when Rather is much younger and he and only several others were permitted to view the Zapruder film of President Kennedy's assassination, and Rather proceeds to lie his butt off, claiming JFK's head snapped fowards, when years later the viewing public would finally view JFK's head snapping backwards from the front kill shot:

AND CONTRADICTING Rather's report:

[Rather lied for millions of dollars; he lied about the assassination of President Kennedy, he brazenly lied when discussing the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. [I am unsure of what his probable lies were about Sen. Kennedy's death, I had given up on him by that point] - - and lying on behalf of the murderers of these men was the vilest, treasonous behavior possible, and Rather did it for the money!]


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