What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
“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 orig
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” Unchecked nationalism leads to conflict and war. Unbridled patriotism can lead to the betterment of society. Patriotism is rooted in humility. Nationalism is rooted in arrogance.”
“Patriotism—active, constructive patriotism—takes work. It takes knowledge, engagement with those who are different from you, and fairness in law and opportunity ...more
He explains how far our country has come, where we have been ...more
And if you were born after, say 1985ish, I definitely recommend you read Rather’s stories. It illustrates that this country has been through a lot of rough times in the distant and recent past and has managed to press on.
Rather was on the front lines of some very turbulent history. His perspective provides reason and hope that we will get through this period too.
(Thank you to Algonqui ...more
While I am weary, so weary, of politics, I can appreciate the power of Dan Rather's rationality. I specifically appreciated his differentiation between "patriotism" and "nationalism."
I like the commentary on the arts, on the placement of prominent, uncensored arts as the clearest indicator of a healthy and well-funded democracy. The arts, uncensored, alongside a truly free press can make an excellent democracy.
The anecdotes in the book are organized by broad themes like "science is real!" and "art is important!" Unfortunately, there aren't really any strong calls to action or new idea ...more
Rather never gives our elected officials a pass, ...more
Hopeful. That’s what I felt after finish reading Dan Rather’s “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.” Hopeful that things will get better. Hopeful that we will prevail. Hopeful that we can be better. We’re living through one of the most tumultuous times in American history, and this book brought me much-needed clarity, comfort, and optimism. In this ...more
The thing that has always made Rather such an American force, however, is that he comes by the sentimentality honestly. Whatever you conclude about the man after reading this book you will and must conclude that he is authentic. ...more
A couple of months ago I had the honor and pleasure of hearing Dan Rather speak here in our mutual hometown of Houston and I received a copy of this book at the event. I’ve long held Mr. Rather in high esteem, not only for his journalistic abilities, but for his rational, steady voice over the years during times of turbulence and uncertaint ...more
i worry about how important norms of american life are being shattered, along with a unity of purpose. i see the chasms of entrenched partisanship, growing inequality on income and opportunity, and the lingering injustices around race, gender, and sexual orientation. i think of my children and my grandchildren. how will they and their generations answer the call?among the titans of american journalism and reporting, dan rather looms large. with a career spanning six decades, rather embodies th ...more
-- which is the episode that ended his CBS career. Rather credulously retailed some obviously fake news to make then-President GW Bush look bad, apparently without doing any due diligence, a ...more
And, it's just OK. I really believe in his definition of patriotism and its constituent parts. I think he describes an American that I'd love to live in and that we could aspire to be.
But with all that said, I find this boo ...more
Recently any criticism voiced about the USA is being deemed unpatriotic. Rather’s book shows criticism and patriotism is not mutually exclusive. He touches all pillars of society and provides historical background. I also feel like he tries his hardest to stay objective.
When you zoom in too close, the differences become blatant and divisive. But when you zoom out and take a wider perspective, you will see that the other leaf which was seemed so very different is actually part ...more