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What Unites Us

Nonfiction: Social Sciences
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/07/2017

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What Unites Us

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687360
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687377


At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American.

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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 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 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.


"Rather’s voice is calm, familiar, and comforting.” —Booklist Audio Review

“Rather's narration allows his genuine passion and love of country to stand out. Many listeners will enjoy his comfortable and familiar voice.” —Library Journal

"Because he cares so deeply about his subject and because portions of his book are highly personal, there is an undertone of emotion in his delivery." —AudioFile

“This pairs Rather's already-familiar voice with a perspective that focuses on the institutions that keep democracies alive, the values that change societies, and how the U.S. can continue to move forward and prosper.” —Donovan’s Literary Services

"From his vantage point as one of this country's most revered broadcasters, Rather analyzes the current state of disconnected discourse in a series of reflective essays that go to the heart of what it means to be an American." —Booklist, Starred Review

"A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere."—Kirkus Reviews

"Provides a pleasant alternative to the reliance on vitriol and irony in modern political discourse . . . Rather has issued a stirring call for overcoming today's strident partisanship."—Publishers Weekly

"Profoundly topical. . . . Rather's writing shows why he has won the admiration of a new generation. In these essays, he gives voice to the marginalized and rips off the journalistic shield of objectivity to ring the alarm bell when he witnesses actions he fears undermine the principles of American democracy." —USA Today

Author Bio

Dan Rather has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award. He anchored CBS Evening News for twenty-four years. Rather is one of America's most decorated news journalists of all time.
Elliot Kirschner is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and filmmaker. After a career at CBS, producing for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, and 60 Minutes II, Kirschner joined his longtime collaborator Dan Rather as the senior producer for Dan Rather Reports. He now develops film, television, and digital projects.