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The Essential American: A Patriot's Resource: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own

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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 form ...more
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Published November 22nd 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Jay
Jan 01, 2014 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Andrew
Dec 03, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew
Dec 03, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
I found this book down at Half Price Books on accident. It is really a great 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 BA 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 American hi ...more
lcfcjs
May 06, 2012 lcfcjs rated it it was ok


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
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Ralph L Jr.
Jun 20, 2012 Ralph L Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing 'MUST READ' for any true patriotic American! If you love this country, read this book and be inspired!
Erich
Apr 29, 2014 Erich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book. It was much more impressive to hear the speeches.
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Jan 19, 2012 Mark Sweet rated it really liked it
I loved this book a great read for a anyone who loves history
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