My America: What My Country Means to Me, by 150 Americans from All Walks of Life (Google eBook)

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Hugh Downs
Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 2002 - History - 288 pages
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"Some of these essays are powerful and poetic. Some seem to reflect a stunned condition on the part of the contributor. But all of them share a newborn or reawakened feeling about the country we live in -- an underlying concern for it, whether that concern is rooted in anger and fear, or in a sensed and urgent need for action, or internal correction, or wagon-circling. Some are personal narratives that explain and justify the patriotism of the writer. Some examine and praise the values that make the country great."
-- Hugh Downs, from the Introduction
What is the essence of America? In this fascinating new collection inspired by one of our most trusted and beloved commentators, 150 diverse Americans -- from top politicians and entertainers to firefighters and teachers -- express in their own words what America means to them.
My America includes candid insights from television journalists such as Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters; politicians including former president George Bush and John Glenn; writers such as Walter Anderson and Anita Diamant; and entertainers, among them Dave Brubeck and Patricia Neal; as well as lesser-known citizens from all over the country. These frank and thought-provoking observations from Americans of every age, race, religion, and social position compellingly illustrate the American mosaic and offer a glimpse into the subconscious mind of this unique and wonderful nation. This touching volume, celebrating the similarities and the differences of a people, reflects our core values and is sure to inspire pride in America.
Edited and with an introduction and an epilogue by Hugh Downs -- who coanchored ABC's 20/20, hosted NBC's Today show, and has been an important American voice for more than half a century -- My America explores the values, ideals, and dreams that all Americans share. At a time when people are reassessing their patriotism and rediscovering their national allegiance, emotions regarding the United States are stronger and more poignant than they have been in years, and this sentiment has been captured in these pages.
My America is a timely collection for anyone who wants to reflect on America's past, or celebrate its future.
  

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Contents

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 1 ALAN ALDA
11
Buzz ALDRIN
13
SHAUN ALEXANDER
15
LINCOLN ALMOND
16
BILL ANDERSON
17
WALTER ANDERSON
19
MAYA ANGELOU
21
PIERS ANTHONY
22
FRANCES LANGFORD
140
ANTHONY LEWIS
142
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN
144
ART LINKLETTER
146
DICK LOCHER
148
ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ
149
FRANK G MANCUSO
151
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153

DESI ARNAZ
24
ROBERT BALLARD
26
LISA BEAMER
27
YOGI BERRA
29
BIRCH
31
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
33
BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD
35
DAVID BRENNER
36
DAVE BRUBECK
38
ART BUCHWALD
39
GEORGE BUSH
40
JEB BUSH
42
BENJAMIN J CAYETANO
44
MARGARET
46
DICK CLARK
48
JERRY COLANGELO
49
STEPHEN COONTS
50
CATHERINE CRIER
52
WALTER CRONKITE
54
VINCENT CURCIO
56
CHARLIE DANIELS
57
MICHAEL E DEBAKEY
59
MARK DECARLO
61
ALAN DERSHOWITZ
64
ANITA DIAMANT
66
PHYLLIS DILLER
67
DOHERTY
68
DUFFY DYER 11
70
MICHAEL D EISNER
72
JOHN ENGLER
73
STEVEN ENGLUND
75
BARBARA FAIRCHILD
77
JAMIE FARR
78
MIKE FARRELL
79
JOSE FELICIANO
81
STEVE FORBES
82
J MIKE FOSTER JR
84
DAN GABLE
85
JOE GARAGIOLA
86
ART GARFUNKEL
88
LEEZA GIBBONS
89
NIKKI GIOVANNI
92
MARVIN J GIROUARD
93
JOHN GLENN
95
ANDREW J GOODPASTER
96
OTTO GRAHAM
97
GORDON A HAALAND
99
ALEXANDER M HAIG JR
101
PETE HAMILL
102
BARRY HANTMAN
105
CHARLES B HARMON
106
PAUL HARVEY
109
TONY HILLERMAN
111
JOHN HOEVEN
113
13
114
MIKE HUCKABEE
116
15
117
JON M HUNTSMAN
119
JANIS IAN
121
BIL KEANE
122
19
123
KITTY KELLEY
125
CORETTA SCOTT KING
127
HOWARD KISSEL
129
REBECCA KOLLS
131
MICHAEL KORDA
133
GUNTA KRASTSVOUTYRAS
135
RICHARD D LAMM
138
PETER MAX
154
THEODORE E MCCARRICK
156
COLMAN MCCARTHY
158
MIKE MCCURRY
160
JAYNE MEADOWS
161
HOWARD M METZENBAUM
162
KATE MULGREW
164
JOHN J NANCE
165
PATRICIA NEAL
167
ROBERT NOVAK
168
MICHELE OBRIEN
170
GEORGE A OLAH
172
NORMAN ORNSTEIN
173
STEVE OSUNSAMI
175
BILL OWENS
176
JACK PAAR
177
GEORGE E PATAKI
180
Ross PEROT
182
REGIS PHILBIN
186
GEORGE PICKETT
187
STANLEY B PRUSINER
189
SALLY QUINN
192
SALLY JESSE RAPHAEL
194
ANN W RICHARDS
196
ORAL ROBERTS
198
CLIFF ROBERTSON
200
NED ROREM
201
JOHN G ROWLAND
202
MARK RUSSELL
203
GEORGE H RYAN
205
DIANE SAWYER
206
LAURA SCHLESSINGER
207
HARRISON H SCHMITT
209
PATRICIA S SCHROEDER
211
CHARLES E SCHUMER
212
DIANA L SCHWARZBEIN
214
WILLARD SCOTT
215
WINSTON E SCOTT
217
WILLIAM SHATNER
219
ARTIE SHAW
221
JACKIE W SHERRILL
222
PAUL SIMON
223
NANCY SNYDERMAN
225
MARY SOJOURNER
229
BILLY SQUIER
230
MAUREEN STAPLETON
231
JOHN STOSSEL
232
MAIREID SULLIVAN
234
KAREN TATESDENTON
236
EDWARD TELLER
237
HELEN THOMAS
238
DICK THORNBURGH
240
DONALD TRUMP
242
STANSFIELD TURNER
243
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN
244
JESSE VENTURA
245
THOMAS J VILSACK
246
MORT WALKER
247
MIKE WALLACE
248
BARBARA WALTERS
250
TINA WESSON
252
CURTIS WILKIE
253
ROGER WILLIAMS
255
DAN WOODING
256
DAVID WRIGHT
258
LUCY YANG
260
ENDNOTE
263
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Hugh Downs, one of the most recognized figures in American television, coanchored ABC's 20/20, hosted NBC's Today show for nine years, and was Jack Paar's sidekick for five years on NBC's Tonight Show. He received multiple Emmy awards throughout his career and is the author of nine books. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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