America: Where Great Things Happen

America: Where Great Things Happen

by Donald L. Gilleland

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ISBN-13: 9781612964478
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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America: Where Great Things Happen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love about this book is that it recognizes that America is not all bad. As it states in the preface, the ONLY thing we see in the media is how terrible our country is and how we are all doomed when the youth of the world grow up. It is so nice and refreshing to see that there really are good things still that happen in America to make me proud to be and American. This book brings a sense of patriotism back into my heart. It also makes the reader believe they truly can do anything they put their mind to. There are stories of normal people doing extraordinary things, all because they had the drive and desire to do it. I also like that Donald talks about the issues that are not discussed enough. There are things that our media completely ignores other than just Good Samaritan acts, but things that make a difference to our country. Certain issues of education, NASA, the REAL issues of immigration, those are all important and those are skated over in the world today as though they dont matter. He brings those to light showing why we should be talking about them. It is very well written and grammatically correct. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It left me with a good feeling and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys current events and really just anyone who needs a pick me up. There really is good in the world.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
In these days of instant social media and worldwide news coverage, we are bombarded with negative aspects of society. Why does this have to be? Where are all the good and uplifting stories and happenings? They get pushed aside to make room for the shock and macabre stories. In this book, the author is doing his part in reversing that. He has compiled many examples of uplifting stories and the people and organizations behind them.  I enjoyed reading about these people and their stories about what drove them to their accomplishments, and I was especially moved by the chapters on corporations and organizations. I had no idea of the good that these businesses are doing and putting back into society. I think it is a shame of the fact that the public is unaware, but even more so, that the media completely ignores all the good that is being done. All these stories were heartwarming to me, and left me with a give forward attitude, not that I didn’t already have one. It just magnified it. Thank you Mr. Gilleland for pushing for the good to be told. 
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
What a great book cover! America: Where Great Things Happen by Donald L. Gilleland with the red, white, and blue fonts plus the picture of the American flag sure is fitting for this book which is all about positive things that happen in America. As the author points out in the Preface, wonderful things do happen all across this country however it is barely ever reported. The newspapers and news stations all seem to report on everything negative. If there is a fight somewhere and on the same day a dying woman received a kidney from a stranger, the headline news would be all about the fight and if they even bother to mention the kidney donation from a stranger  to save a woman's life, it would be lost somewhere on page 23 or a 15 second quick mentioning used as a filler if time allowed before  the news ended. We are bombarded with all this negative news everyday and from every direction and I know I have doubted my faith in humanity many times because of it.  What this book is about is the headlines we don't get to see. It is all true headlines and stories but since they are uplifting and positive, they don't make local or national news. We all hear about how students fail their tests and how they can't even answer simple questions like how many states make up the United States but I don't recall hearing about a seventeen year old in 2012 who developed a test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times cheaper and faster, and 100 times more sensitive then the current test, do you? (Because I did look it up, I do know these values are now in question.) Even people like Dr. Virginia Apgar, who I do recall the name and what she was known for, I found out a lot more about her and her other achievements that I had no idea she was even involved with.  Due to the nature of the book, there are no characters or plot to speak of since it isn't a 'story'. However, it does cover many different 'subjects' other than people. It includes the Bible, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Monuments just to name a few of them. The  timeline is from historical to basically present day events and even the historical are interesting and not common knowledge taught in schools. I found the book very interesting and easy to read. What I call the "fun facts" came in handy when my adult children came to visit. I worked them into a conversation which made my children think I 'fell off my rocker' one too many times. (Yes, I had fun with this book.) I recommend this book to everyone.