What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism


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“I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan Rather

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616207823
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 290,163
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather is one of the world’s best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and covered almost every important dateline around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News, which he held for twenty-four years. His reporting helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as a newsmagazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather created the Emmy Award–winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. He is founder, president, and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital channels.

Elliot Kirschner is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and filmmaker. After a career at CBS, producing for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, and 60 Minutes II, Kirschner joined his longtime collaborator Dan Rather as the senior producer for Dan Rather Reports. He now develops film, television, and digital projects. A graduate of Harvard, Kirschner lives with his family in San Francisco, where he is building an innovative venture in science communication.

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has won a place on my list of favorites. This is great insight to what we should all reach for and remember,,,,, the values of an America that should be returned to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rather is a respected national voice. His commentary reacquaints us with the national essentials and potential. Dr George N Gates Wilmington , NC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book gives me hope and a belief that our country will survive this attack on our democracy and way of life! We don't always get it right but our country has always survived the pendulum swings of right to "wow, what the hell is going on now" we will steady ourselves and return to what is best for the entire country! It will not be the same as yesterday but it's not suppose to return the same old country! It's called maturity and growth! Stay focused and diligent my fellow americans "we shall overcome"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gives me hope and a path forward