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What Unites Us

Reflections on Patriotism
Narrated by: Dan Rather
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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In a collection of original essays, the venerated television journalist, Dan Rather, 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 brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories, and offers listeners 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 also become a hugely popular voice of reason on social media, with nearly 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, Rather has written the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are ultimately united.

©2017 Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Inspirational and enlightening

This is a thoroughly thoughtful and inspiring book. Thank you Dan for reminding us to never give up. Steady.

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  • Leigh A. Barrett
  • 30-01-2018

Hope. For both sides of the aisle.

I challenge any American not to be moved by Rather's appeal to learn from history and to embrace what made us strong, and release the fear that threatens to weaken us. If you are looking for Trump-bashing, you won't find it here; here is empathy, lessons in moments when this country was challenged, and pride in what the US has been and can be.

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  • NC
  • 27-11-2017

Well written work

Dan Rather did an excellent job in writing this book. Many great points and insights. I would recommend to others!

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  • Will
  • 09-04-2018

Editing is bad

The editor/producer should have corrected the constant clicking sound and Rather’s voice escalations.
But still a great narrative.

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  • Jan Goericke
  • 12-12-2017

Great words wonderfully narrated

Great words and stories very much needed at times of division of the American people.

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  • Susan
  • 12-09-2020

A must-read treasure!

Dan Rather shows us the heart and soul of true American values and how they are especially important to remember and embrace in the polarized times we are now living in.

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  • Adam Stephens
  • 01-04-2020

Steady

Loved going on the Journey with Dan Rather. Always a delicate story teller. He gave me new meaning to the word "Steady".

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  • Ian T. Healy
  • 13-01-2020

Thank you, Mr. Rather

I don't normally read nonfiction, but I like News and Guts, and as a writer myself, it's important not to get bogged down in single genres. I picked this up on a whim and I'm so glad I did. In a time in American history that seems dark and brim for those of us living through it, when it seems our own government is doing its best to destroy us in every way possible, Mr. Rather's essays bring a glimmer of hopeful optimism when it is most needed.

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  • Joshua Perry
  • 21-09-2019

moving and insightful.

I've always been a patriotic person that has great hopes for my country, but Dan Rathers perspective on patriotism and what it is that unites us left me both feeling more hopeful and also a desire to engage more on multiple levels. this is a really solid book.

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  • Gaby O
  • 17-09-2020

What every American needs to read right now

This is a very beautiful glimpse at America and Americans over the better part of a decade. If we made it through all of that United, we can make it through this.

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  • Griffin Mckay
  • 09-07-2020

Great Book, Not A Great Recording

Rather's book is a collection of essays dedicated to various subjects. He discusses patriotism, freedom (including the right and responsibility to vote, the freedom of dissent, and the role of the press); community (including inclusion, empathy, and immigration); exploration (including the roles of science, books, and the arts); responsibility (including public education, service, and the environment); and character (and talks about steadiness, audacity, and courage).

I really enjoy Rather's writing style. He's clearly intelligent and well-spoken, but also provides many anecdotes that make his writings extremely accessible. In some ways his essays almost feel like parables and life lessons. What I like, too, is that Rather is not shy about admitting his faults and flaws and how the things he has learned over the course of a lifetime have shaped, taught, and changed him.

I really liked his book. His reading is not always very clean as far as editing goes. Some sounds are distracting like he self-recorded. But that is a minor quibble.