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What Unites Us
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism | Dan Rather
"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do." At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflectingand writing passionately almost every day on social mediaabout the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American. Now, in a collection of wholly original essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values and what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like. Writing about the institutions that sustain us, such as public libraries, public schools, and national parks; the values that have transformed us, such as the struggle for civil rights; and the drive toward science and innovation that has made the United States great, Rather will bring to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories, and offer readers a way forward. After a career spent as reporter and anchor for CBS News, where he interviewed every living President since Eisenhower and was on the ground for every major event, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Watergate to 9/11, Rather has in the last year also become a hugely popular voice of reason on social media, with more than two million Facebook followers and an engaged new audience who help to make many of his posts go viral. With his famously plainspoken voice and a fundamental sense of hope, Dan Rather has written the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are ultimately united. This book will be a must-read for everyone you know who is engaged in the urgent national conversation right nowand interested in our place in history going forward.
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion: disappointing collection of essays.
While I found some bits and pieces interesting, when it comes to making his points, his argumentation was superficial and weak. On some subjects, on the press for example, I found his writing naive, very much ignoring hard talks. He probably wanted to write an uplifting collection of essays, essays easy to understand, but in this case it's at the cost of intellectual honesty...

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BookishMarginalia
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#Truth #ElieWiesel — “We must always take sides.”

ShyBookOwl ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Patriotism, according to #DanRather — a fitting reminder heading into the 4th of July weekend. #BearWitness

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I didn‘t realize this one had been transformed into a graphic novel…I‘ll have to keep an eye open for it. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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#BookMail 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

LibrarianRyan I loved this book so much. 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Pickpick

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐5 ⭐
i don‘t think I am the type of person who could ever sit down and read a Dan Rather book cover to cover. It‘s not Dan, it‘s me. I could listen to him all day long, and I love him on Twitter, but he does not usually write the type of books that keep me interested. That is until his work What Unites us was give the graphic novel treatment. Every library should have a copy for the civics lessons many kids are not learning in school.

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Mandigolightly
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Pickpick

Interesting perspective!

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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

A great audiobook, read by the author. I really enjoyed Rather‘s reflections on his career and the conclusions he‘s drawn over the years.

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SomedayAlmost
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My copy of his book has as yet to arrive (this US citizen is having trouble getting mail from US), but I appreciate Rather as a voice of reason amidst all the craziness and greed. #america

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MallenNC
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Thanks so much for my #jolabokaflodswap gift @Christine I think it is a perfect book to lead into a new year. And of course the chocolate and cute bookmarks are just right.

Thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing. I know it is a lot of work.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey! Merry Christmas 🎄 I was checking my list and I sent you a book in October and wanted to know if you got it! 💚 2y
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did! I thought I messaged you about it. I definitely meant to if not. 2y
Christine I hope you enjoy it as much as I did - and that you had a wonderful Christmas! ❤️ 2y
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Pogue
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Audio crochet. One day I will have this blanket done.

Lauredhel It looks so warm and comfortable! 2y
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BeaG
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I enjoyed the personal anecdotes added in each section. The audiobook was good as it was read by Dan Rather.

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Melismatic
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Pickpick

Political nonfiction that is uplifting rather than accusatory - a good palette cleanse. 💪🏻❤️

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Melismatic
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Started this book about patriotism by Rather today on my audio walk (published in 2017 but very relevant). Seeing all the local Halloween decor always makes me happy.

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Christine
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I owe Dan Rather a lot more than $1.99 for all of the chuckles and moments of sanity he‘s brought to me via Twitter, not to mention this wonderful book, which I deeply enjoyed on audio from the library. I‘ll start here. 🇺🇸

CocoReads Take my money! 2y
Christine @CocoReads Right?? The best. 2y
FashionableObserver His Twitter is amazing!! I‘m looking forward to starting this today! 2y
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Christine
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Pickpick

Dan Rather‘s tweets have been among my most reliable sources of joy in 2020. He‘s so sweet and sincere and funny and wise, and he understands America so well. I really loved this and highly recommend it on audio.

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Sharpeipup
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Listening to this #audiobook & my dog snore although I don‘t know how she can sleep in that position. #dogsoflitsy

veritysalter Has she settled in now? ♥️ 3y
Sharpeipup @veritysalter I think so... 3y
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Pickpick

I loved this book! In a time when our country is so divided, this was a very refreshing and hopeful book about unity and a new vision for patriotism. I would recommend it!

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Jas16
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To celebrate my Litfluence hitting 100,000 I am giving away this stack of signed books. To enter please create a post about what living author‘s book signing you would most like to attend tagging me and using #signmeup. Winner will be drawn on Sunday, July 28th. Open internationally.

mrp27 Congrats on hitting 100,000!! 🎉🎉🎉 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats on your Litfluence milestone! 4y
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Reggie Congrats!!!! 4y
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🎉🥳🎉🍾📚🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
Jas16 Congratulations @Soubhiville Your name was drawn as the winner. I will get everything in the mail to you as soon as I can make it to the post office! 4y
Soubhiville Oh wow, thanks @Jas16 ! 😊📚🎉 4y
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Betty
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A long day of driving from the beach after loading the car —- and I find this surprise from @Kaylamburson This is a delight for me for many reasons. I like the card too. Thanks so much! #litsylove

Kaylamburson So glad it arrived safely!! Welcome home, and I hope you enjoy the read!!! 4y
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BookMaven9
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It is important not to confuse “patriotism” with “nationalism.” As I define it, nationalism is a monologue in which you place your country in a position of moral and cultural supremacy over others. Patriotism, while deeply personal, is a dialogue with your fellow citizens, and a larger world, about not only what you love about your country but also how it can be improved.”

Dan Rather

Required reading❤️❤️❤️

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parttimedomestic
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Racing to finish this one before it goes back to #Libby tomorrow!

I‘ve not had a lot of reading time because my mother-in-law has been in town! We played dominos and ate amazing food all weekend, but now it‘s back to business. 📚🙌🏻

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eawestauthor
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Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! Have a fun and safe time celebrating. 😀

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MicheleinPhilly
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SUPER SALE ALERT! #kindledeals

saresmoore 🙈 5y
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Suetara
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I‘ve been wanting to read this, and noticed that there was a price drop. Thought that others may want to pick it up. #kindledeal

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EchoLogical
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I think everyone, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, can benefit from the wisdom within this book's pages.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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EchoLogical
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Just when I started to lose interest, he reels me back in with a section on books!

Louise Love it! I had the same feeling as a child when my Mom took me downtown to the Main Branch. (Not the first spectacular building, but oh, the miles of books!). I would come home each time with a mountain of books in my arms! Good times! (edited) 5y
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EchoLogical
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Yesssss Dan!

MicheleinPhilly I “yes‘d” my way through this entire book. So much truth. 5y
EchoLogical @MicheleinPhilly I've only made it through the intro and I'm pretty sure I'll be doing the same thing. It's so refreshing to have such a thoughtful and reasonable perspective nowadays. 5y
MicheleinPhilly I read an essay first thing each morning to get my mind in the right place. I found it very inspiring and calming. 5y
BookMaven9 I highlighted the very same quotes ❤️ 4y
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qitten
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Dan Rather adopted and rapidly adapted to social media at a time when I felt hollowed out and hopeless. This book is a gentle, persistent call to action for the better angels of our nature, if they‘re still listening. Sort of a love story for the United States in its best aspirations.

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qitten

[L]ibraries represent an aspirational notion of democracy. They were, and still are, civic institutions that welcome anyone who wishes to become a more informed and independent citizen. In books we can find expert and trustworthy scholarship on any subject imaginable. By reading books, we can continually challenge our own biases and learn beyond our level of formal education. #libraries #booksmatter

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DogMomIrene
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When I heard that Dan Rather was publishing a series of essays on patriotism, I got a little giddy. OK, maybe a lot giddy! His unwavering faith in the power & spirit of individual Americans truly inspires. As an idealistic pessimist anything too sugary annoys me. His practical analysis strikes a subtle balance between criticism of aspects of our society, past and present, and celebration of American ideals. He gives the reader plenty to ponder.

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Daisey
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I don‘t know that I can add much more to what has already been said, but I appreciated this listen. These are thoughtful essays that combine stories of his life experiences with logical and hopeful thoughts for the future.

#audiobook #nonfiction #essays

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thelunarfox
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I felt like I was having a conversation with my father or an older friend. This book was easy to get through. It read like a mini history of the US and lime a autobiography of Rather.

This one took only two days.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Seriously, read his book and follow him on Twitter or Facebook. His newest news venture is “News and Guts” https://www.newsandguts.com/

#WhatUnitesUs

ReadingSusan 💗💗💗💗 5y
Sace Stacked! But also a serious question not meant to be cranky or inflammatory... Does anyone know of a book with the same theme written by a POC? I would like to have that perspective as well. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I wish, but anything by John Lewis is probably the closest, although I don‘t think he‘s written anything about current politics directly. Sadly the old guard, anyone with a history of journalism behind them...in this country that was almost exclusively white men. The more current POC news anchors can‘t really write anything without making themselves seemed “biased”. I haven‘t read Van Jones‘s Books, but maybe 5y
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Sace @Riveted_Reader_Melissa awesome! Thanks! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just read Van Jones‘ book and it‘s a decent choice for this question. The biggest difference is that Rather write for us, and I felt like Jones was ultimately pretty self serving. He believes we need to find the commonalities in our perspectives. And he talks about seeing where the parties intersect. But the book also sounds like he might be a candidate in the future. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s the main reason I didn‘t read his.... I‘m all for compromise and finding commonalities, but I‘m so tired of false equivalences...I can‘t meet in the middle with Climate Change deniers, Evolution deniers, strict Nationalist, etc.... That‘s just not my frame of mind at the moment, my mindset is more a stand up for what‘s right, equality and pursuit of happiness for everyone, no compromises there. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I hear you. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve read a lot of great books by POC, I loved W Kamau Bell‘s book, but it‘s a very different kind of book, with a different point of view. It does touch on current issues though. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That one is definitely on my list! 5y
SaraBeagle @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Check out Michael Eric Dyson 5y
Sace @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've got the Bell book. 5y
Sace @SaraBeagle thanks! 5y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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What a perfectly wonderful book that couldn‘t be more timely. This is a collection of essays about what unites us as Americans, with examples pulled from his childhood, personal experiences, and years of reporting. I‘ve missed the voices of brave and honest reporters speaking truth to power on many topics, Rather‘s voice is one I‘ve missed, and I didn‘t even really see how much until I listened to this audiobook. #Nonfiction2018 #MountTBRReadathon

Daisey I think you‘ve put this book on my list to listen to soon. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey It‘s narrated by Rather too! 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey It has 100% on its Litsy page, so apparently all the Littens have loved it so far. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you loved this one! 5y
mrozzz Great review 😊 5y
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rachelk
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Wise, steady and thoughtful essays bring together the past and increasingly urgent present day issues facing the U.S. Rather is hopeful but cautionary, stating, “Our nation will not survive without an engaged and committed population.” I‘d like this to be required reading - especially for younger generations preparing to take the helm. #danrather #whatunitesus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“Patriotism is rooted in humility. Nationalism is rooted in arrogance.” #danrather #whatunitesus #quote

Paula3 Wonderfully put. 5y
rachelk @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Paula3 This is such a good book! I‘ll try to put up a review tomorrow. 5y
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callielafleur
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Thank you so much to my swap sender!! I'm so excited for both of these books. I searched for your name and I didn't find it, I hope you see this message!! Thank you again!! #nfbs @inwhichHeikereadsharder ❤️❤️❤️

Samplergal Oh those are all wonderful! Love the reading journal. Maybe for 2019. 5y
heikemarie Great job, @BrittCMack !! 💜💜 5y
callielafleur Thanks so much @BrittCMack!! 💜 5y
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DivineDiana
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I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the familiar voice of Dan Rather. A selection of essays that told of his life and love of the USA. Positive and inspiring. Cheers to him for pursuing new avenues and embracing modern technology! The new season of his TV show returns with an interview with the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant! I enjoyed this so much that I want to own a copy.

8little_paws Yes this bok was fantastic on audio! 5y
DivineDiana @8little_paws I wanted more of this man! So, I just recorded the TV show! 5y
8little_paws @DivineDiana is this on a cable channel or something? 5y
DivineDiana I have OnDemand with Xfinity and the new season starts March 13. 5y
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DivineDiana
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Like many of us in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, I have been MIA. My energy had been applied to living like a pioneer, shoveling and just trying to stay warm. I hear you @BookBabe At last, things have settled down! Here is my current car “read”!

Notafraidofwords Everything aches from shoveling. 5y
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mrozzz
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Just the sort of feel-good socially political read I needed!He has lived in a crucial time of change+acceptance & it‘s revelatory to read his recollections on how ludicrous it once was to even CONSIDER a woman/black American as president, how oppressed women, blacks and gays were for most of his life. I was so emotional reading this, thankful for how far we‘ve come due in part to journalists like him and some of brave politicians he reported on.

MarriedtoMrT I found this book so hopeful! 5y
mrozzz Yes! @MarriedtoMrT That‘s exactly it. I felt so much hope... 5y
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mrozzz
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Being. Different. Does. Not. Make. You. Less. Than.

AmyG Imagine how dull this world would be...if we were all the same. 5y
mrozzz Ugh and how hard Americans of yesteryear tried for a homogenous country @AmyG 5y
ElleSkel I can‘t love this enough. 🌎 ❤️🌍 5y
mrozzz @Elle_Skeldon I can‘t recommend this book enough! 5y
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eawestauthor
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This is an excellent book about America, patriotism, and the changes the nation has gone through. It also contains glimpses into Dan Rather's life and career, which add an inspiring personal touch. I highly recommend this book.

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heikemarie Looks so good! 5y
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mrozzz
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So, so important to remember— we‘ll never be united as a country if we continue to use individual/ideological beliefs to openly discriminate or discredit people who are different or disagree with us.

“There are strong voices calling this dissent unpatriotic and dangerous. We cannot let the forces of suppression win. America works best when new thoughts can emerge to compete, and thrive, in a marketplace of ideas.”

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I respect Dan Rather for his steady eye and calming voice. He‘s seen decades of world events, and brings thoughtfulness and strength to this collection of essays. If you need a burst of well-grounded inspiration (really, it‘s not an oxymoron), then this book is for you. Rather will give you perspective and hope!

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve been on hold at the library for awhile now, but I‘m looking forward to it even more now. 5y
AlaMich I love when Rachel Maddow has him on. 5y
LauraJ Dan is a wise man! 5y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa If I hadn‘t borrowed it myself, I‘d send you my copy! I‘m positive you will like and appreciate it! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AlaMich Oooh! I‘ll have to look for those on YouTube! 5y
AlaMich @BarbaraTheBibliophage We don‘t get MSNBC so I listen to the podcast. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just checked Hoopla and they have it now, so no more waiting on the library wait list! 👍 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AlaMich Even better - thanks! 5y
MarriedtoMrT Agreed! I felt so much hope after reading it. 5y
MicheleinPhilly Spot on. I loved this. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly I saw your review too. We needed his voice! 5y
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eawestauthor
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This is an important distinction everyone should aware of. Patriotism is great! Nationalism...not so much.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Apparently I‘m having a political winter of reading. From Fire and Fury to Hacks to this one. It‘s been an interesting ride. You know, I grew up with Dan Rather on TV. And I couldn‘t respect him more now, because of what he‘s doing as a dissenter and journalist. I‘m looking forward to this book!

#resistlist #politics #patriotismnotnationalism

GatheringBooks i‘ve been following him on facebook, too. this does look interesting. 5y
MarriedtoMrT This book is great! It is so uplifting because, while he calls out all that is going wrong, he always makes a point calling attention to our humanity, to all the people who have made our country better. He reads the audio if you have the opportunity to listen to it. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GatheringBooks I‘ve been sharing many of his FB posts. He‘s such a strong, measured voice in this crazy time. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MarriedtoMrT Yes, I can tell he always brings it back to the positive aspects of humanity. That helps when things feel so messed up. 5y
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mrozzz
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💜 SHOUT. IT. FROM. THE. ROOFTOPS. 💜

This is fabulous... I keep nodding along and raising my fists in the air.

readordierachel He's awesome 5y
mrozzz @ReadOrDieRachel he really is.... 5y
JaclynW Very nice! 5y
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mrozzz @JaclynW Yes! I needed this! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m reading this right now too! 👊🏻 5y
JaclynW @mrozzz We all need this! Thanks for sharing! 5y
mrozzz @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yesssss. He has so many important stories to tell and eloquent opinions to share ☺️ 5y
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