TITLE/AUTHOR: What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism; Dan Rather & Elliot Kirshner
PUBLISHER: Highbridge Audio
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2017
GENRE: Non-Fiction / Essays / Patriotism / Memoir
FORMAT: eAudio / LENGTH: 7 hours and 5 min.
SOURCE: Library download
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A nice collections of essay about our country and what made it great.
BRIEF REVIEW: What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism begins with What is Patriotism? It is then broken into (5) parts: Freedom, Community, Exploration, Responsibility and Character with a short collection of essays within each part. Rather speaks about the ideals needed to form a more perfect union in turbulent times. It is not an in-depth political commentary but more of a call to revisit our country's history and encouragement to stand up for the things you believe in.
This book was released in 2017 but, in case you are wondering - there is no Trump-bashing. Even though our country is more divided than ever, I found this to be more of a reminder to refocus our energy on the things that once brought our nation together. He does mention the Free Press being in a state of crisis and makes a plea for individuals to get involved in a constructive way.
Part memoir, I loved learning about Dan Rather's early life, growing up in Texas and his news career spanning 60 years. Although he does speak of the dark times of our country, I found the overall feel of the book to be sincere, inspiring and optimistic.
I read about this one on Stacy's Blog and thought this would be a good one for me and my husband to listen to together. We both thought that the audio book was very good.