Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: American Patriots by Rick Santorum

American Patriots is a well thought out, masterfully told set of stories that shares the heroic acts of American patriots who risked it all for "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

A candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012, Rick Santorum sets his hand to writing about twenty-five unsung heroic men and women from the Revolutionary War era. The son of an immigrant parent whose own father brought him to America in search of freedom and opportunity, Santorum releases his passion for the Patriot cause that is as vital today as it was during colonial times.

Broken into three parts--Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness--Santorum weaves tales of ordinary men and women whose extraordinary efforts helped the Patriot cause against the British as a young America sought independence from its oppressor. From well-known names such as Peter Francisco and Nancy Morgan Hart, to lesser known historical figures such as Lambert Wickes and John Witherspoon, each story reflects the tumultuous times in which these people lived and worked to ensure "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" for all.

The reader finds within the pages of American Patriots, a history rich in courage and bravery. Looking upon these stories during a time when so many of the principles upon which this country is founded are being assaulted, the reader sees how far we have come from what made America a great land of opportunity; but American Patriots also inspires with its stories of how everyday people make a difference. As Santorum states in the Afterword, "Today, there are fewer kings, but not fewer rulers....There are those in this country who are seeking to return to the historical norm--elites governing the masses...The greatest threat to liberty today is not from the ruling elites; it lies within each one of us when we give into the temptation to live our lives with conformity, apathy, and complacency." American Patriots is that rallying cry for none of us to conform and become complacent. It is a reminder that we should not stand by and allow our freedoms and liberties to be stripped away by those who believe we must be governed with a heavy hand.

As this book reminds us, those who emigrated to America did so at great risk and cost. They found in America, a place of freedom and unbridled opportunity if they decided to take advantage of it. These twenty-five stories should be shared in America's classrooms and in each American home to encourage citizens to embrace the greatness God instills in each one of us, and to remind us that American values and principles are worth fighting for.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-7908-1
List Price: $16.99
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Page Count: 176
Trim Size: 4 1/2 x 7 1/2

I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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