Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War

Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War

by William Alfred Whittle
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Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War by William Alfred Whittle

From the pages of Eject! Eject! Eject!, one of the most influential of the new-media weblogs -- or "blogs" -- comes a book of essays that captures the American heartbeat. SILENT AMERICA: ESSAYS FROM A DEMOCRACY AT WAR has been read by hundreds of thousands of people online. Now you can own the collection that has been called "required reading for every high school and college in America." HONOR. EMPIRE. STRENGTH. MAGIC. HISTORY. FREEDOM... fourteen powerful essays on the American spirit. Join the thousands who have laughed, and cried, and who have found in SILENT AMERICA the words they have been searching for to describe the wonder and pride they feel for America.

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ISBN-13: 9780976405900
Publisher: Aurora Aerospace, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,042,032
Product dimensions: 0.68(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Silent America: Essays from a Democracy at War 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
gniff More than 1 year ago
Silent America is a collection of essays that first appeared on Bill's website. Each is a moving, powerful exploration of what is right about America and how the legacy has passed from those who gave it to those who hold it in trust for posterity. If this book does not bring tears to your eyes, your heart is dead. If this book does not open your eyes, your mind is dead. And if you are somehow convinced that there is little worth loving in America, you should put your articles of faith to the test. Right here, right now, this book. If you have seen Bill's video essays (available on the Web) you know that he is a powerful speaker. He's equally good in the written word, upon which his video work rests.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Whittle is, beyond doubt, one of the best political essayists currently on the planet. He writes clearly, cogently, and effectively. In his hands, words become the slashing razor blade to slice away the muck and dreck surrounding many political comments, notions, and pithy phrases. If you cherish your political bumper sticker, stay away! Sooner or later he will show it for the damnfoolish crap it likely is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in years. I could almost feel my spirits being lifted as I turned each page, nodding in agreement with Mr. Whittle's excellent analysis and commentary. I truly believe he is the Mark Twain of our age. Thank you Bill!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A teacher of mine once said that 'it's one thing to know it, and another thing to know that you know it.' We might remember the story of Gettysburg's Little Roundtop when we're reminded of it, but it's another thing to keep it in mind. Bill Whittle is to storytelling what Norman Rockwell was to painting: Remembering to accentuate the goodness for the sake of the whole. When some of us are ready to just throw in the towel, there are others among us ready to assume responsibility. Bill Whittle is a cheerleader not for 'America' as an idea, but for American ideas. He's the 7th grade Social Studies teacher that we forget to know that we knew. Bill doesn't merely believe in a nebulous idea of America, he believes in Americans. And I, as an American, am willing to continue to believe it, too. No matter what they say (and to paraphrase Ronald Reagan), Americans are the shining citizens on a hill. Responsibility, Confidence, Magic... Oh, heck. Just read 'em all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had already read every single essay in Mr. Whittle's book. The raw power of his masterful prose is undiluted upon a second reading. Mr. Whittle puts what so many of us know to be true into the clear, crystalline, compelling words we cannot find alone. A true patriot, an incisive thinker and a transcendental writer, Mr. Whittle has produced a work of stunning import.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Silent America is a wonderful shot in the arm for anyone who can feel unashamed and unreserved pride in being an American. If you believe that this nation can still be a force for good in the world, and are beginning to get depressed by defeatist media coverage and the cries of paid-off European goverments, I urge you to read Bill's work. If you are cynical enough believe that our involvement in Iraq was a purely selfish enterprise, cloaked in false jingoism in order to decieve the ignorant masses, and are mystified at President Bush's re-election, I urge you to open your mind and read Bill's work anyway. The innocence you regain may be your own. If you're somewhere in between these extremes, read it anyway. I have been reading these essays for almost 2 years as they have taken form, first on the internet and then in print form. There are few, if any, better champions of personal responsibility, accountability, and initiative who have set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) in recent times. A superb tour de force!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill's first foray into political writing, Silent America, is one outstanding read. Whether you come from a liberal or conservative stance, Bill's precise characterizations and beautiful allegorical comparisons are worth reading, and worth considering. As a producer for a talk radio host, I hear many people who try to say on air what Bill says with uncanny precision and wit. He truly has a gift for words, and I look forward to his next book! (Hear that Bill? - write another one - you're late already!) No political-oriented book I have ever read has brought me to tears. This one did, with Bill's amazing depiction of the Columbia shuttle disaster. I felt as if I was there, watching, holding my breath as the bird ascended. Then the heartbreak of the explosion. And then: the determiniation, relentless, the unabiding urge that their sacrifices not be made in vain. Needless to say - This is a 'MUST READ' for anyone with a political conscience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Whittle's first book showcases the extraordinary writing style exhibited on his web site. The essays often begin with what appears to be a quaint annecdote, then build around it to drive his point home. Though sometimes a bit wordy, the works are definitely worth staying with. While the writings are technically and spiritually excellent, those on the far left should probably subtract a few stars from my rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No words that I can type will adequately describe the high calibre of these essays. Mr. Whittle forms his arguements, focuses his thoughts, moulds them into drama, and serves them up with a joyful flair. Buy the book. Buy multiple copies and give them to all your friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill Whittle is just an average guy who carved out a little corner of the Blogsphere and wrote a series of essays filled with his thoughts on the events leading up to the War in Iraq and the political fallout that came after. They were heartfelt, honest, and at times a little partisan but always filled with hope and a firm belief in the American system and Pride in our country. I have not read the book yet, but I did read all of the essays from his blog site in their original form. I understand they were edited a bit before being preserved in this book. Bill has a gift for putting to words the thoughts and feelings of many of us who supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and he does so with an historical perspective that is often lacking in the usual rhetoric. Even if you don¿t agree with his politics, you should read his essays if you are a ¿blue stater¿ and just want to understand what all those ¿red states¿ were thinking. For those of us who supported the war, Bill¿s words always bring nods of agreement, cheers for finding a champion, and tears of pride as he speaks of our boys, our history and our country. Do yourself a favor and read this book, do Bill a favor and buy one for a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These moving essays say so much about who we are and where we wll go in the future, 5 stars from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Collectively, Bill's essays are a love letter to America. He celebrates the ideals on which the country was founded and the actions of those who see its goodness and promise. He uses history and logic to make his arguments, and his passion for the topics is undeniable. Some might consider the essays too conservative or too jingoistic. I think not. The essays represent a heartfelt dose of patriotism and hope, and that's a good thing.