Authentic Patriotism / Edition 1

Authentic Patriotism / Edition 1

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by Stephen P. Kiernan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312379110

ISBN-13: 9780312379117

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

A provocative, inspiring account of our neglected American ideals and the people who are living them today—and restoring our nation’s dream

Patriotism has become a loaded word: one that is wielded against people with whom we might disagree, or whose cultural origins don’t match our own.

But our founding

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A provocative, inspiring account of our neglected American ideals and the people who are living them today—and restoring our nation’s dream

Patriotism has become a loaded word: one that is wielded against people with whom we might disagree, or whose cultural origins don’t match our own.

But our founding fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others—saw patriotism as a dynamic force: an act of service, in an evolving nation that defined its purpose by offering all people a better way of life.

In Authentic Patriotism, author and award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan explores the original ideals that have been lost in our current climate, where war and economic turmoil have eroded our sense of civic obligation. Kiernan describes “a nation adrift,” out of touch with its origins—and then introduces a range of inspiring people who have revived our national purpose by taking action:

• The out-of-work college graduate who led an economic and environmental renewal of her blighted home community.

• The retired executive who pioneered a revolutionary concept in health care for people without insurance.

• The minister who created a legendary choir, with the goal of uniting children of different races, genders, and classes in one voice.

• The family who donated their daughter’s heart, so that another might live.

These and other “New Americans” are profiled in a book that offers hope, ideas, examples, and practical resources for readers who want to renew the American spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312379117
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

PART ONE A NATION ADRIFT,
1. A Human Benefit,
2. No Longer the Fringe,
3. The Need for a New Way,
4. Founding Principles,
PART TWO AUTHENTIC PATRIOTS,
5. Seven Steps to a Cure,
6. "The Noblest Question in the World",
7. A Culture of Caring,
8. Until Proven Innocent,
9. The Win-Win-Win-Win-Win,
10. The Gift Everyone Can Give,
PART THREE AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM: FIVE ELEMENTS,
11. Element One: Doing Good, Saving Money,
12. Element Two: Doing Good in Place After Place,
13. Element Three: The Real Gold,
14. Element Four: A National Movement,
15. Element Five: Everyone an Authentic Patriot,
To Learn More, to Do More,
Sources and Resources,
Acknowledgments,
Index,

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McKenzie_Joy More than 1 year ago
Kiernan has taken ideas set forth by our founding fathers and discovered examples of Authentic Patriots whose work he highlights with exquisite storytelling and inspiring journalism. When the average American is pointing the finger at government or the market or 'the other guy' on whom to blame our nation's struggles, some of the country's finest are finding solutions to enormous societal problems. Individuals are highlighted in "Authentic Patriotism" who have made universal healthcare a reality in 78 communities around the country, addressed and are beginning to rectify deep faults in the criminal justice system, brought music to combat racial inequities and prejudice, improved environmental policy, and so many, many more. In almost all instances, these stories of enormous impact begin with the idea of a single person who saw a problem and refused to allow it to continue in a country that is founded on equality, justice, and in the spirit of 'e pluribus unum'. Individuals can make a difference and Kiernan shows us how it is happening throughout the nation and the incredible postitive impact these efforts are making. This book should be a textbook for all service learning organizations and programs, and a tool of empowerment for those who may feel less than optimistic about their ability to make a difference. Kiernan suggests: If we all give just 3 hours a week to someone or an organization whose mission we believe in, imagine what an amazing impact we can all have. Every drop in the bucket counts. Like all the people in this book, it isn't hard to heal our nation if we step up and become Authentic Patriots. We can all be one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago