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A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters

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It?s become fashionable among the liberal elite to downplay, deride, even deny America?s greatness. The political correctness police insist that America is ?hated? around the world for being too big, too powerful, too rich, too successful, too loud, too intrusive. And besides, it?s not nice to brag.

They are completely missing the point.

America?s greatness, America?s exceptional greatness, is not based on that fact that we are the most ...

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Overview


It’s become fashionable among the liberal elite to downplay, deride, even deny America’s greatness. The political correctness police insist that America is “hated” around the world for being too big, too powerful, too rich, too successful, too loud, too intrusive. And besides, it’s not nice to brag.

They are completely missing the point.

America’s greatness, America’s exceptional greatness, is not based on that fact that we are the most powerful, most prosperous—and most generous—nation on earth. Rather, those things are the result of American Exceptionalism.

To understand American Exceptionalism, as Newt Gingrich passionately argues in A Nation Like No Other, one must understand our unique birth as a nation. American Exceptionalism is found in the simple yet utterly remarkable principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.”

Our nation is exceptional, continues Newt, because we—unlike any nation before or since—are united by the belief and the promise that no king, no government, no ruling class has the power to infringe upon the rights of the individual. And when such a government attempts to do so, we will vigorously reject them.

Sadly, many politicians and leaders today have forgotten our sacred commitment to these ideals. Our government has strayed alarmingly far from the scope of limited powers framed by our Founders. Meanwhile, the liberal media seek out, and sometimes create, stories intended to portray America as a bully and a thief. Even our own president seems clueless, assuring us that yes, yes, he believes in American exceptionalism, just like the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism and the British in British exceptionalism.

But American Exceptionalism is not about cheerleading for the home team. It’s about recognizing and honoring the history-making, world-changing ideals our Founding Fathers enshrined to make this a nation of the people, by the people, for the people. And, as Lincoln warned, we must rededicate ourselves to those principles, lest our truly exceptional nation perish from this earth.

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“Belief in American Exceptionalism leads inexorably to a smaller, more effective, accountable, and limited government. The American revolutionaries did not shed their blood for the welfare state; nor did they aim to replace the arbitrary rule of King George and his ‘multitude of New Offices’ and ‘swarms of Officers,’ as stated in the Declaration of Independence, with their own oppressive bureaucracy. Instead, they fought for individual liberty—and that made America an exception among all other nations.”

—From the introduction

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Gingrich pitches the argument that America is lacking in its self-image and largely blames the Left, in particular President Obama, for this situation. He traces the reasons and purposes for returning to a culture that believes America is better than all other countries. Gingrich's tract is clearly partisan, so listeners can expect some bending of facts. But where the production fails is with Gingrich and his wife, Callista, as narrators. They switch back and forth between being the dominant reader of the chapter and the person who reads the quotes. Gingrich has a decent voice for speeches but not necessarily for narration, which requires one to be more nuanced with pronunciation and emphasis. Callista lacks much of a narrating voice, and her presence feels largely a decision of self-indulgence, since her purpose is not particularly clear. Recommended for fans of history, politics, and right-wing manifestos.—Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596982710
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/13/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Newt Gingrich

Speaker Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994. Newt and his wife Callista host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include A City Upon a Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism, Nine Days that Changed the World, and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. As an author, Speaker Gingrich has published twenty-four books, including thirteen fiction and non-fiction New York Times bestsellers. He resides with Callista in McLean, Virginia, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    A Great Look at Real American Stories

    I have read many of Speaker Newt Gingrich's books, and I am honest when I say that A Nation Like No Other is not only a departure from Gingrich's usual narrative, but more importantly, one of his finest works. The spine of the book is American Exceptionalism and Gingrich's definition of it - to Gingrich, living and governing with a belief in American Exceptionalism is key to future success, and such living is not just to be taken on by elected officials, but to also be practiced in our daily lives, as private citizens. However, practicing such belief is not for our individual benefit, rather, as Gingrich effectively argues, practicing such belief will produce an America that is exceptional. The book reads like a documentary movie, in which, Gingrich catalogues truthful tales of immigrants to America, along with documented stories of American political movements (some even at county levels), to demonstrate his point of why American Exceptionalism, and the belief in such an idea, is key. The finest portions of this book are the thorough documentations of real American stories, with my favorite section being Chapter Three - In The Words of New Americans - a chapter that catalogues quotes from immigrants and world leaders on American Exceptionalism. Because of the deep commitment to truthful cataloguing of various stories, the book is not driven by platitude, a weakness for many political narratives. And yes, Gingrich does offer his insights on Congressional improvements, particularly in Chapter Nine - Restoring American Exceptionalism - where he documents what the government must do to further guarantee American success, including commentary on social security and corporate taxes. Ultimately though, the book is about what we, as citizens, must do, in order for American Exceptionalism to be truly realized. Personally, I think Gingrich has made a solid argument, backed up with terrific evidence, on why the belief of American Exceptionalism is critical for the success of our great country, and why such belief will translate to great success.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    A Book Like No Other

    A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters is, without a doubt, Newt Gingrich's most erudite and philosophical work to date. While the primary focus of the work is the concept of American Exceptionalism, Newt's only focus is not politics. He transcends his normal focuses on history and contemporary politics (which are still very much a part of this book) and marries them with philosophy and even theology. It is Newt at his finest and most interesting to date.

    But do not be concerned if you think history, politics and philosophy will become a bore. Newt is also an accomplished writer of fiction, and he incorporates his master story-telling in to this work to properly set the scene for the Declaration of Independence and other important events. This is the only non-fiction book where I have actually gotten chills of awe reading the introduction due to how the author incorporates his knowledge of events and characters as well as an ability to turn stories in to a poignant dialect about American Exceptionalism.

    And yet amongst all the theoretical, Newt is able to include practical ways to support American Exceptionalism and turn events around in our country. Not just policy prescriptions, but ways in which ordinary Americans- citizen activsts- can help turn events around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    A fine history lesson-very timely

    Is Newt preaching to the conservative choir? Once again, he deftly weaves history into a journey through the foundations of United States. His style is teaching, not preaching. Gingrich is the consummate story teller, backed by research and typified in his works about Pearl Harbor, the tragedy of Valley Forge and George Washington, and Gettysburg's role in the Civil War. His forward thinking about the environment in "A contract with the Earth"(with Dr. Terry Maple) shows out of the box thinking. Newt is an educator, secure in his beliefs, and communicates well in print. In A Nation Like No Other, he explains why the U.S. is not like other countries. He doesn't direcly, the media would have you believe America is leader of excesses, too big, too good, too bad, spread too thin, spending too much. He argues against the Nanny State Americans are becoming. Gingrich loves his country and has spent his adult life defending, nurturing, and supporting the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution. He defends the grit that Americans have shown historically. Examples in the book go from the attempt of King George III to extort American expats to pay taxes when his own government was overdrawn to, our habitual need to be the world's policeman. His comments about America's current role in Libya is particularly pointed. My wife will enjoy the comments about Waco, Texas' McLennan County commissioner's resistance to open their meetings with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer their. She's from Waco and used to work with the McLennan county commissioners Finally, the book would serve as a fine history book for young people, from middle school through college. While some progressives, socialists, anarchists, communists,and atheists will complain about issues in the book, the fact is it is well written, well referenced and presents a point of view needing to be shared given the current media bias. A Nation Like No Other is an easy read, clarifies Newt's position on many political issues. I like it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    "A Nation Like No Other..."

    In Mr. Gingrich's newest book, "A Nation Like No Other," the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives concisely explains the events that have shaped the United States into the country that it is today. Also, Mr. Gingrich poignantly identifies the central issues that the United States is facing today and why the idea of American Exceptionalism that has led this country to the forefront is being threatened by left-wing elitists.

    I can think of no better a time for a book of this nature to be released to the public. Faith in the United States is crumbling both domestically and internationally. The idea that America is the most exceptional country to ever inhabit the earth has come under fire by "enlightened" thinkers who view America as the catalyst to the world's problems. Mr. Gingrich passionately defends the United States and its exceptionality and provides the reader with a clear definition as to why America is exceptional and how to keep it that way.

    My favorite chapter, "Civil Society, The United States of America," directly rebuts the left-wing ideology that the government can and will solve all of our problems. To quote Mr. Gingrich in this chapter,

    "Beginning in the Progressive and the New Deal eras, and especially since the time of the Great Society, liberal politicians and social thinkers have viewed the unpredictable and dynamic nature of organic society as a problem that needs to be solved. They believe that, unlike the great men and women who came before them, they can resolve the major social problems and transform America into a better, fairer, more prosperous country. The instrument used to bring about this ideal society, of course, is government, which is meant to instill virtue, knowledge, prosperity and dignity in the people and bind them together in pursuit of common national goals and ideals."

    This statement goes to the heart of the great divide between left-wing thinkers and traditional conservatives. On the left, elites view government as a social tool that is necessary to make America better, whereas traditional conservatives view the individual within society as the tool that will help to create a more prosperous and virtuous country. Mr. Gingrich clearly defines this divide and exploits the underlying weaknesses in the left's arguments.

    In short, "A Nation Like No Other" is a fantastic read. It is incredibly fast-paced, provides the necessary facts to logically back up the author's arguments and it provides a plan to every American on how to keep the United States the most exceptional country in the world. This book is a necessity for those who are confused between what the left-wing media is propagating and what the truth really is. Truly, a job well done by the most qualified candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly Receommended - you must read this book

    We gave my mother-in-law Newt Gingrich's book for Christmas. She mentioned just before Christmas that her "dream ticket" was Newt Gingrich & Herman Cain. My, how quickly things can change in politics.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    THE 'NECESSITY' OF AMERICA'S GREATNESS

    This book could not have come at a more important time in history. With all that's occurring around the world, it is imperative that America be re-established as the country it once was, not so much for its might, but for its example..its sensibility and its leadership.

    I cannot imagine a better book to be used in schools than 'A NATION LIKE NO OTHER.' There has been a diversion in today's educational system from the vital principles that Gingrich so clearly explains in each chapter.

    Reading this book will also restore American pride in those who have doubts or who have lost it and believe our best days are behind us. For those who have remained steadfast, this book is reassurance from a true historian and educator, that all is not lost and this country's exceptionalsim can be restored given the proper leadership.

    Aside from the time America was founded, the necessity of America's greatness may never be more important than it is now in this dangerous world. And this book by Newt Gingrich has never been more important than it is now..for everyone, especially the generations to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Pure garbage

    If you like fiction this book would not even be alright.a better book choice would be screwd by thom hartmann

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