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The Portable Patriot by Joel Miller

The Portable Patriot by Joel Miller

The Portable Patriot should be required reading for every elected politician from the President of the United States down to the mayor of a town of 50. To go even further, I would suggest that every household in the US have a copy ...
The Portable Patriot by Joel Miller

The Portable Patriot should be required reading for every elected politician from the President of the United States down to the mayor of a town of 50. To go even further, I would suggest that every household in the US have a copy of the Portable Patriot in their house.

Though Mr. Miller would like this to happen, I doubt it ever will. I am tempted, after reading it, to send a copy to the President and several of the elected politicians that "represent me".

The Portable Patriot is a collection of documents, essays, letters and sermons from the revolutionary war era. Not only does the book include well known documents like "The Declaration of Independence", "The Bill of Rights", and "The Constitution", but lesser known letters and sermons that are not normally included in most history classes. The documents chosen help to give the reader insight into what the people of that era were thinking, feeling, and going through. Reading the book brought many of the historical figures to life and made them more real to me.

Admittedly, much of this book is pretty dry reading. Most people will probably find it more of a reference book than something to read straight through. I initially skipped around in it and read the articles that sounded interesting. It was only after a few days of browsing that I forced myself to read straight through it. In contrast, a friend of mine who is a history buff said he had trouble putting the book down.

I highly recommend this book as well as Joel Miller's other - The Revolutionary Paul Revere.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

posted by arcook on July 21, 2010

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"The Portable Patriot" (edited) by Joel J. Miller & Kristen Parrish

The United States of America is rich with a past that translates to a painful, but more importantly -- a proud history. "The Portable Patriot" tells America's story through a compilation of American records and documents. It includes first documents such as The Mayflowe...
The United States of America is rich with a past that translates to a painful, but more importantly -- a proud history. "The Portable Patriot" tells America's story through a compilation of American records and documents. It includes first documents such as The Mayflower Compact to famous speeches like The First Inaugural Address of George Washington, all of which manage to capture their conviction and determination to succeed.

Being Canadian, I was briefly educated in American history and hoped to ascertain a broader knowledge of why Americans, seemingly more than most, loved their country so immensely. Although this book was fairly short (268 pages), I feel I quickly understood the dignity of being an American once I began reading it. The Founding of America is a rare example and a glimmer of hope in human history with regards to achieving what is best for the common good. I learned a lot from reading this book, but assume I could read it again and still have more to gain.
I highly recommend this book as an introduction to American history or a pleasurable light read for American patriots. Any American household could benefit from this accessible book succinctly capturing the key events that made America.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.

posted by tantrUm on July 22, 2010

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

    The Portable Patriot

    Where can you find a comprehensive compilation of many of the documents that shaped the US of A? The Portable Patriot edited by Joel Miller and Kristen Parrish can do just that. Written from a Biblical/Historical perspective, The Portable Patriot guides the reader through our nation's most fundamental documents, speeches, and sermons/letters. From the Mayflower Compact to Ben Franklin's advice for those Coming to America, you won't be disappointed in what Miller and Parrish have done. Perhaps you haven't read many of these documents since high school, or maybe you haven't ever read them. Either way, you will come to understand speech by speech, the importance of these documents and how they have shaped our nation one step at a time. The book can get lengthy in a few parts, but feel free to skip around. I especially liked the commentary at the beginning of each section. Reading this around Independence Day was especially poignant and it made me pause and reflect, once again, on our great nation and the founders who helped establish it. This is a great reference book to have on your bookshelf at home or work and I really enjoyed reading it. I hope that you will too!

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    a welcome addition

    Essential documents for students of American history, any citizen really. A welcome addition to our Nook library.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    How did it all begin?

    This book looked interesting, collecting documents, speeches, and even sermons that "compose the American soul" as the subtitle says. The book is small (hence the portable title) with the ragged cut pages that make a book feel older. Before each entry is a short description of the person or the event, placing it in context of the history of the nation.

    The contents are broken out by time period, from the Mayflower and other beginnings, just before the revolution, during the revolution, the founding, and the first documents of the republic. They have fit a lot of information in here. Of course the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, even some selections from the Federalist Papers. Plus any other writings not as well known. I see us referring to this book for years. As a former home schooler, I can see it being a cool resource for American History.

    But I must admit some disappointment. I didn't think portable would mean it had to be quite so small. Everything runs in together and the descriptive text is really only a few sentences. It is all about the actual documents, but the font and page size doesn't even make reading the documents easy. I'm not saying it had to be a text book, but I think a different format would have been more pleasurable to hold and read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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