Synopses & Reviews
Now available in paperback, the New York Times
When John F. Kennedy called America "the land we love" more than 42 years ago, he was reminding us of the lofty ideals on which our country was founded. But what are those ideals, and how have Americans defined them Is America the land of George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who rallied the country's spirits for unity in wartime, or is it a land of dissent, a land in which Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. remind us of our duty to protect our most fundamental freedoms? Are we defined by the speeches of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan or by the humor of H.L. Mencken and Mark Twain?
Caroline Kennedy's answer in A Patriot's Handbook
is that we are all of those things and more.
The poems, songs, speeches, letters, and historical documents that Caroline Kennedy has chosen for this remarkable collection remind us of the foundations on which America was built. But they also ask us to examine what it truly means to be a "patriot," even if our assumptions are challenged along the way, because it is only by doing so that America can "truly be our own."
Voices as diverse as the nation itself:
- Thomas Jefferson
- Cole Porter
- Chief Red Jacket
- Amy Tan
- Betty Friedan
- Albert Einstein
- George W. Bush
- Loretta Lynn
- John F. Kennedy
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Bob Dylan
- Cesar Chavez
- Toni Morrison
- Groucho Marx
- and many more
"Combining traditional touchstones of Americanism with many insightful surprises, Kennedy's thoughtful arrangement of works of historical significance and literary quality will reward both casual browsers and those conducting a more focused investigation of the nation's patriotic literature." Publishers Weekly
"Exactly what we need these days to remind us of who we are and who we hope to be." O Magazine
With texts as varied as America's cultural composition, this anthology includes material such as:
- "This Land Is Your Land"
- "God Bless America"
- The Bill of Rights
- The Pledge of Allegiance
- George Washington's Farewell Address
- Lincoln's Second Inaugural
And includes selections from: Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost, and many more.
A patriotic anthology similar in format to THE BEST-LOVED POEMS OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS, which will include poems, song lyrics, speeches, and other appropriate documents.
he Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a blockbuster success, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for 15 weeks with more than 500,000 copies in print. Now, Caroline Kennedy shares with readers an assortment of her own favorite American writings. The works collected here-which span centuries and styles-have one thing in common: all are emblematic of our country's patriotism and pride. Caroline Kennedy researched all of the selections included in A Patriot's Handbook, wrote the introduction, and added personal commentary to each section. This elegantly packaged collection is the perfect gift for anyone in search of a reminder of what our country's spirit is made of.
In the spirit of The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,Caroline Kennedy shares a collection of patriotic poems, historical documents, and speeches. The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was an instant classic. Now, Caroline Kennedy is ready to share with listeners a collection of her own favorite writings.The works collected here-which span centuries and styles-have one thing in common: all are the perfect emblem of our country's patriotism and pride. Caroline Kennedy hand-picked all of the selections included in A Patriot's Handbook, and will read the introduction and personal commentary that captures each section. This audio program is a perfect gift for anyone craving a reminder of what our country's spirit is made of.
About the Author
Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling A Patriot's Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, and the coauthor of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City and President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She lives in New York City.