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The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own
More than ever, Americans are realizing that if we want to keep this country great, we must be citizen patriots. And here’s the handbook every citizen patriot needs: The Essential American, featuring the fundamental documents of our nation’s history.
Compiled by syndicated columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman and featuring a foreword by her father—bestselling author and former ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Regnery Publishing
(first published November 22nd 2010)
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Given the limits in publishing a book of speeches and documents, choices had to be made, and in this case, I can't say I agreed with all the choices. Part of what rubbed me wrong on this was that some of the choices were of historic interest, but the speeches or documents were given in their entirety. This is one case when I'd be all for an abridgement -- our founding fathers really liked to pontificate. I listened to this as an audiobook, and I wasn't expecting someone to read me the entire Con ...more
I found this book down at Half Price Books on accident. It is really a neat book. There are some excellent speeches in here, many of which I have never read, and a couple I have never even heard of. I always find the fact that I have not been exposed to these pieces of American history when I have a bachelor degree in political science and a minor in history unfortunate, but it is not surprising. Just proof that if I am "educated" in those areas, the average American who just has basic course in ...more
Hypocrisy is rife throughout the analysis. The quality of the historical Documents earned this book an extra point for me, but all men created equal stands out without a single word of slavery or of the lack of equality for women (despite the fact that the author is a woman).
I agree with the main premise that every American should read these documents, but no one should be subjected to the commentary that blabs on in between these works of art.
I suggest finding out which documents this book look ...more