The American Dream: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation

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Harper Collins, May 7, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages

At a time when we are once again talking and thinking about the meaning of America, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Dan Rather provides a powerful look at Americans who struggle to achieve their desires and ambitions. With the stories of ordinary men and women accomplishing the extraordinary, Rather demonstrates how the American dream brings us together and guides us, as it has for more than 200 years.

For some, the American dream is simply to own a home or rise out of poverty. Some wish to serve God, country, or community. There are those who want to learn to read or run their own business. Still others simply wish to exercise fundamental American rights: to openly practice their religion and to speak what is in their minds and hearts.

Stirring and provocative, The American Dream illustrates that the basic American desire for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is alive and well. It also confirms what our founding fathers always believed: that we are a country of visionaries, in ways big and small.


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A rainbow-coalition compendium of anecdotes to swell a patriot's pride.CBS news anchor and author Rather (Deadlines and Datelines, 1999, etc.) revisits the files from a long-running television feature ... Read full review

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Only one of the people interviewed for this collection was also the subject of an "American Dream" segment on the CBS Evening News, but each of these stories could well be a TV docudrama: Teachers ... Read full review


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Dan Rather has received virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award. He is anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, anchor of 48 Hours, and correspondent for 60 Minutes II. He is also the author of such bestsellers as Deadlines & Datelines, The Camera Never Blinks, and The Palace Guard. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jean.

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