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The Best Books to Read About Patriotism

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Now that the weather is starting to turn cooler, people start thinking of ways to fill those colder fall days with indoor activities. Of course, one of those activities, including finding good books to read by the fire or under your favorite blanket while it is raining or snowing outside.

There are several great books to read about patriotism. The list is endless, but here are the 7 books we have chosen to highlight in order to give you hours of great reading this Fall.

1. Culture Warrior by Bill O’ Reilly

In Culture Warrior, Bill O’Reilly defines this war and analyzes the competing philosophies of the traditionalist and secular-progressive camps. He examines why the nation’s motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”) might change to “What About Me?”; dissects the forces driving the secular-progressive agenda in the media and behind the scenes, including George Soros, George Lakoff, and the ACLU; and dives into matters of race, education, and the war on terror. He also shows how the culture war has played out in such high-profile instances as The Passion of the Christ, Fahrenheit 9/11, the abuse epidemic (child and otherwise), and the embattled place of religion in public life—with special emphasis on the war against Christmas. Whatever controversies are roiling the nation, he fearlessly confronts them—and no one will be in the dark about which side he’s on.

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Culture Warrior
  • First Edition 2006
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Edition no. 0 (10/09/2007)
  • Paperback: 231 pages

2. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History, By Chris Kyle

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris. Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

3. The Autobiography of Ben Franklin By Ben Franklin

Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and a great man of letters in the New World.

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Written initially to guide his son, Franklin’s autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.

The Autobiography and Other Writings (Signet Classics)
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Edition no. 0 (08/05/2014)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

4. If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of Liberty by Eric Metaxas

If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America’s uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America’s greatness cannot continue unless we truly understand what our founding fathers meant for us to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the “noble experiment in ordered liberty” that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom. It’s time to reconnect to that idea before America loses the very foundation for what made it exceptional in the first place.

5. Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country by Francesco Duina

Why are poor Americans so patriotic? They have significantly worse social benefits compared to other Western nations, and studies show that the American Dream of upward mobility is, for them, largely a myth. So why do these people love their country? Why have they not risen up to demand more from a system that is failing them?

In Broke and Patriotic, Francesco Duina contends that the best way to answer these questions is to speak directly to America’s most impoverished. Spending time in bus stations, Laundromats, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, public libraries, and fast food restaurants, Duina conducted over sixty revealing interviews in which his participants explain how they view themselves and their country. He masterfully weaves their words into three narratives. First, America’s poor still see their country as the “last hope” for themselves and the world: America offers its people a sense of dignity, closeness to God, and answers to most of humanity’s problems. Second, America is still the “land of milk and honey: ” a very rich and generous country where those who work hard can succeed. Third, America is the freest country on earth where self-determination is still possible.

This book offers a stirring portrait of the people left behind by their country and left out of the national conversation. By giving them a voice, Duina sheds new light on a sector of American society that we are only beginning to recognize as a powerful force in shaping the country’s future.

Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country (Studies in Social Inequality)
  • Francesco Duina
  • Stanford University Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (10/16/2018)
  • English

6. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough

This is a timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, one of the most honored historians in the United States—winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others, that reminds us of fundamental American principles.

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
  • David McCullough
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (04/18/2017)
  • English

7. Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening by Jackie Gingrich Cushman

We are a country in crisis. America is extremely politically polarized. It’s almost impossible to have a civil discussion about politics and political issues without emotions overflowing and people erupting, whether within your circle of friends, family, or just watching it happen on the news. Gone are the days of real, unbiased, fact-based news — now our airwaves and device screens are dominated by opinion labelled as news.

The idea of our nation marching toward civil war is very real. You can watch CNN or FOX News and think you are on two different planets. And the sheer vitriol you watch is reflective of the same feeling Democrats and Republicans — and everyone in between — are feeling throughout this country.

It’s more important than ever to find common ground. Throughout our history, our most inspirational leaders have believed that our future was bright, that our foundation was different, and that the American people would rise to the challenge. Together we can stop ranting and raving and save our country from the dangers of political polarization.
Our Broken America is a wake-up call for our nation. Together, we can change politics and save our nation.

The listed books are all recommended reads by more than one Patriotic website and promise to give the reader hours of interesting entertainment and information. There are several books this Patriot cannot wait to read this winter. There are books written by patriots beginning with the founding fathers such as Ben Franklin and move through time to today’s writing by Bill O’ Reilly. Enjoy a great book from this list!

8. John Locke’s Treatises of Government

John Locke was a philosopher and one of the leading thinkers during The Enlightenment. His writings literally shaped the very founding ideas of some of our nation’s most important documents. In a sense, without Locke, there could be no United States. Is it any wonder then Thomas Jefferson was a known fan of his work? Without him, there would be no concept of the pursuit of happiness, or so refined an idea of the individual and their relationship to government.
His writings heavily influenced the Declaration of Independence, and in fact, some parts of that document were lifted from Locke’s earlier works. He’s just that important to the creation of the United States.

Locke: Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
  • John Locke
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (10/28/1988)
  • English

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