Saturday, May 7, 2016

We the People by Juan Williams



Title:  We the People
Author: Juan Williams
Publisher:  Crown Publishing
Release Date:  April 5, 2016
Genre: American History / Biographies


What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
 
In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders’ vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, sexual behavior, and reshaped the landscape of the nation.

Among the modern-day pioneers Williams writes about in this compelling new book are the passionate conservative President Reagan; the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the profound imprint of Rev. Billy Graham’s evangelism on national politics; the focus on global human rights advocated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; the leaders of the gay community who refused to back down during the Stonewall Riots and brought gay life into America’s public square; the re-imagined role of women in contemporary life as shaped by Betty Friedan.
 
Williams reveals how each of these modern-day founders has extended the Founding Fathers original vision and changed fundamental aspects of our country, from immigration, to the role of American labor in the economy, from modern police strategies, to the importance of religion in our political discourse.

America in the 21st Century remains rooted in the Great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776. For all the changes our economy and our cultural and demographic make-up, there remains a straight line from the first Founders’ original vision, to the principles and ideals of today’s courageous modern day pioneers.

                                                                                                                                                                      


We the People, by Juan Williams is in all a great concept to pull together those in the modern era and their influences to modern-day America, and what their impact was in comparison and in relation to our founding father's vision.  With extensive research on each individual, this book provide us with a glimpse of a biographical accounts of these individuals through the author's analytical eye. However, in a span of 400 pages, We the People condensed the thoughts and visions of these figures into a mere chapter each, giving readers a quick look only, not fulfilling the expectations of what the premise set forth. In addition, this book reads like a textbook that is informative, yet dry, providing no spark for interest to develop. With that said, this may be a good starting point used for discussion in groups or in an educational setting.


NOTE:  I received a complimentary ARC of this book through Library Thing for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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Juan Williams is a top political analyst for Fox News Channel, co-host of the daily news show “The Five,” and a columnist for The Hill. Previously, he worked for two decades at The Washington Post as White House correspondent and a prize-winning columnist. He has won an Emmy for TV documentary writing. For ten years, he was a daily talk show host and senior political correspondent for NPR. His written work includes such critically acclaimed, bestselling books as Eyes on the Prize, Enough, and Thurgood Marshall.

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