The American Dream is inherently inclusive, and has the power to strike a chord in all of us. It defines us as a people, even as we add to its meaning with each new chapter in our national experience and our individual actions. [This book] is the result of my quest to discover the American dream as your neighbors are creating it today -- I hope that you receive it well. AnThe American Dream is inherently inclusive, and has the power to strike a chord in all of us. It defines us as a people, even as we add to its meaning with each new chapter in our national experience and our individual actions. [This book] is the result of my quest to discover the American dream as your neighbors are creating it today -- I hope that you receive it well. And I wish all of you the best in bringing your own dreams to fruition.--Dan Rather, from the IntroductionAn inspirational look at how our nation's earliest ideals resonate in today's world, The American Dream shows us in very personal terms that America is still a place where hard work, dedication, and vision can transform dreams into reality. Bestselling author and award-winning journalist Dan Rather provides a powerful look at Americans who struggle for and achieve their desires and ambitions. He has gathered the stories of ordinary men and women who are accomplishing the extraordinary, and demonstrates how the American dream guides us as individuals and as a society, binding us together, even amid the fragmenting and self-isolating tendencies of modern American life.Each person in this book exemplifies the American dream, living and expressing this national ideal in his or her own way. For some the American dream is simply to own a home or start a family. Some wish to serve God, country, or community; to teach; to test boundaries; to rise out of poverty. Some yearn to live off the land or run their own business. Some want to learn to read or earn a college degree. There are those who work to achieve fame and fortune, while still others simply wish to exercise fundamental American rights:to openly practice their religion, to speak what is in their minds and hearts, and to protest.Stirring and provocative, The American Dream illustrates that the basic American desire for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is alive and well. It also confirms what our founding fathers always believed: that we are a country of visionaries, in ways big and small....
|Title||:||The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
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The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation Reviews
I checked out the audiobook version of The American Dream from the library so I'd have something to listen to on my trip this weekend - if I'm driving by myself, I'd rather listen to talking than music, as it keeps me more alert. Dan Rather first touched on the concept of exploring the American Dreams of men & women around the country in short segments on the CBS Evening News. He then took the idea and expanded it into this book. Each chapter revolves around a topic such as Service, Fame or Education. He discusses how that topic touched his life, then talks about 2-3 people whose story also touches on that concept. There's definitely a liberal bias to the stories he chose and the way they are presented, but it was still a pleasant diversion for the hours I was on the road. Please note the audiobook is abridged - I may go back & read the book itself at some point.
This is an interesting collection of stories that are meant to illustrate a variety of Americans achieving their dreams. Rather picks his stories from real present-day people, and does the narration himself. Some are more engaging than others, and his picks themselves reveal a bit of a bias, as if he wants you to believe these "dreams" are more noteworthy than others. I listened to the audio, and I got a bit tired of his voice, perhaps because it was a documentary-style book.
Divided into these categories, of what people strive for in America:FreedomWork and WealthThe Pursuit of HappinessFamilyThe SpotlightEducationInnovationService to OthersChris Gardener is in this book, as is Michael A. Cruz, and Amarillo boy whose dad worked at Pantex, and Deborah Cline, who grows her own garden and helps with the Lubbock Food Bank.Very inspiring book.
This is a great book. I recommend it to everyone - people who were born here, and people who were not. It makes me want to work harder toward nailing down any particular American Dream I might have, or helping others get closer to theirs. I believe that this book will help many to do away with the selfishness and greed that have pervaded our country.
This is collection of various Americans' stories. They are mildly interesting. (Some more so than others.) One problem is that pretty much all the stories follow the same exact pattern: person has huge adversity in life, overcomes that adversity to achieve something notable.
Listened to Dan Rather read his own book. Enjoyed hearing the stories he shared and liked the insights he added.
I thought I would enjoy Dan Rather in an audio book but after awhile it just seemed to drone on and on.
A happy reminder of when Dan Rather was such a familiar voice in more optimistic times. A good boost of encouragement during this 2016 election season when appreciation seems rare.