What Unites US
"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do." --Dan Rather
Dan Rather, renowned journalist and voice of reason, has released a new book. I don't think the release date is a coincidence. It's been one year since the election. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday, other times it seems like it's been years. The last year has been...interesting. And, no, interesting doesn't always mean good.
Here's what the Books-A-Million site had to say about What Unites Us:
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 original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions. With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.
I follow Dan Rather on Facebook. Each time there's a tragedy, they seem to be occurring more frequently than ever, I go to his page and read what he has to say on the issue. He speaks with an eloquence that is often lacking on social media and he makes me feel better. At least momentarily. I've picked up my copy and I can't wait to read it.