The author of "The American Dream" starts with Puritan's ideals that shaped the American way of thinking. It continues with the Declaration of IndepenThe author of "The American Dream" starts with Puritan's ideals that shaped the American way of thinking. It continues with the Declaration of Independence that brought America's freedom from Britain, how Abraham Lincoln persisted on making the south free, so the white people could prosper from hard work, and goes further on how Martin Luther King Jr. finally made Afro-Americans equal in their freedom.
The Dream is wrapped in two more parts: the ownership of houses and in the Golden State, both that probably feel the most relevant now.
What I liked about the book was that it explains why the American Dream is still so important not only to Americans, but to other nations in the world as well. It connects people who in other case would have nothing in common, through hard work, dedication and taking responsibility, but not the kind that brings you frustration, rather than the one you choose because you know it's going to help others.
Again, fascinating read, as long as you don't mind more academic tone and vocabulary....more