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The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation [Paperback]

By Dan Rather (Author)
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The bestselling author and award-winning TV journalist crosses the nation to find everyman's version of the universal ideal--the American dream.

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At a time when we are once again talking and thinking about the meaning of America, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Dan Rather provides a powerful look at Americans who struggle to achieve their desires and ambitions. With the stories of ordinary men and women accomplishing the extraordinary, Rather demonstrates how the American dream brings us together and guides us, as it has for more than 200 years.For some, the American dream is simply to own a home or rise out of poverty. Some wish to serve God, country, or community. There are those who want to learn to read or run their own business. Still others simply wish to exercise fundamental American rights: to openly practice their religion and to speak what is in their minds and hearts.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.

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The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation by Dan Rather has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 855
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 984
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 703
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1239

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 7, 2002
Publisher   Harper Paperbacks
ISBN  006093770X  
ISBN13  9780060937706  

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More About Dan Rather

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan Rather has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award. He is anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, anchor of 48 Hours, and correspondent for 60 Minutes II. He is also the authorof such bestsellers as Deadlines & Datelines, The Camera Never Blinks, and The Palace Guard. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jean.

Dan Rather currently resides in the state of New York.

Dan Rather has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Nations of the Modern World

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Follow Your Dreams  Sep 8, 2007
Broadcast journalist Dan Rather collected inspirational stories from a cross-section of Americans who expressed their feelings about transforming dreams into reality. Themes include freedom, enterprise, pursuit of happiness, family, celebrity, education, innovation, and service. The recurring theme throughout the book is that America uniquely provides opportunities for one to not only dare to dream but also to actively pursue those dreams. That our visions can come true if we believe in ourselves, accept help when it is offered and work hard.
Vision Can Transform Dreams Into Reality...  Oct 22, 2005
The American dream was the idea which guided us through the early days of the republic. We were the first nation to be founded on an ideal, "toward a more perfect union, the establishment of justice." This dream provides the best common ground on which to build the American future. Dwight Eisenhower felt that "freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed -- else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."

Unless a people are educated an enlightened, it is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty or the capacity for self-government. The MacArthur Fellowship allows normal intelligent Americans to find their dream. It is a no-strings award given to an individual for being a committed and active student. You can't apply for this fellowship' you don't even know if you are under consideration. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hires one hundred authorities from a variety of field each year to nominate potential fellows. They serve anonymously and diligently. It's designed to be a bolt from the blue, a reward for work done and an incentive to keep going. "Professional scientists feel threatened by these up-an-coming geniuses; Ph.D. is woven into the very fabric of their sense of self-worth." My son worked hard for his Merit Scholarship to attend the University of Chicago where he earned his PhD in Astronomy. But, let me tell you, just getting that degree after ten hard years of work and study does not guarantee success. He's had his highs and lows with NASA, but in a way he has achieved part of his American Dream.

Dan Rather, my favorite news anchor, is from Texas (and proud of it). Previously, he has written DEADLINES & DATELINES, THE CAMERA NEVER BLINKS, and THE PALACE GUARD. Some years ago, he was mugged on the streets of New York City, but it didn't faze him. He continued to live his American Dream to enhance his fans' lives and perform his reporting duties with honor and truth.
Oh Danny Boy...  Aug 27, 2004
First off, I love Dan Rather. He's a wonderful, passionate man whom I love to watch on the news. The problem is, he's not a writer. Not a very good one at least. This book is a noble attempt, but there is just so much that's wrong with it.

For one thing, there is just some bad writing in it. It has a lot of errors in fact and a lot of typos. Among others, he writes that Texas A&M University (rather than Texas Tech) is in Lubbock, and he says that Ryne Sandberg in in the Baseball Hall of Fame (he just should be soon). There is also bad grammar (this is beyond the Texas colloquialisms in the book which I think are fine-I'm a Texan myself). These are fairly small problems, but they are oftly annoying, and they are not good signs in a book written by a journalist who's supposed to report facts. Furthermore, he just has few narrative talents, at least not those required for a book. He tells the stories as a journalist on Headline News would--concise, to the point, and without much flavor. They're just there; the reader is rarely drawn in.

The most glaring flaw, though, is that there are a lot of flaws in logic in the book. For instance, one of the stories is about a ten-year-old boy who realizes that many of the underpriveleged at his school cannot afford school supplies, so he works together an organization that collects and disperses those needed supplies. This is all obviously a good thing. But then, Rather relates a joke told by the boy's mother who said she needed to haul the school supplies around so she "traded in [her] Lexus for a Durango, and now [she's] getting a Yukon because the Durango isn't big enough." My problem is the huge contrast here. On one hand, there are all of these kids lacking necessities and the heroes who are helping them are laughing about purchasing one expensive SUV after another for themselves. How is this inequality emblematic of the American Dream? How does this book manage to lament the rising poverty rates and terrible living conditions and still manage to promote excessive materialism? There are some people in the book who are praised for having overcome hardship to make millions (some of them stepping on other people's heads to do so) and others who are praised for having given up millions to help those in need. Frankly, these two "ideals" don't go together. Nevertheless, these people, according to Rather, have all attained the American dream. There are a lot of contradicting ideas expressed in these stories. Furthermore, I don't really think Rather has a great concept of what the American dream is. When Sister Sylvia Schmidt founds a homeless shelter in Tulsa, OK, I don't think she is following the American Dream. I think she's following dreams that go far beyond the American Dream, and I think she's rejecting the prevalent, primarily materialistic, concept of the American Dream of today's society.

I'm giving the book two stars because I like Dan Rather, and because some of the stories were rather inspiring. Neverthess, it's not a good book. I will continue to watch Dan Rather on tv, but I'm quite sure I won't read a book by him again.
One of America's Great Journalists  May 26, 2004
This was a very inspirational book. It brings to life the work of dozens of heroes...people who love America. There is SO MUCH greatness in the country. It is time we concentrate on that instead of dwelling on the negative stories. Don't tell Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, but Dan Rather will go down in history as one of the great broadcast journalists of all time. He walks the walk and talks the talk.

I never understood why some people hate Dan Rather so much. What a great book!!

Jeffrey McAndrew
broadcast journalist and author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"

Reality vs. Illusion  Aug 19, 2003
Clearly, an inspirational book - well written, cogently presented - all in true-to-form Dan Rather style. Whilst telling us about many "American Success" stories, Rather seems to suggest that the right idea at the right time, combined with hard work, stamina, and perhaps a little bit of luck will ultimately get you there - to riches (material and otherwise). Sadly, it's also part of the American Dream that the rate of failure is much higher than one expects, and occasionally, the reason for failure is also rooted in the "American Dream".

Nevertheless, it's good to know that the Dream continues - a refreshing reminder amongst often too much bad news.

A good read - but don't get too carried away.


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