What Unites Us by Dan Rather
With a Mt. Rushmore visage honed from years of delivering the news with a calm expression and a soothing baritone, Dan Rather is the quintessential 20th C TV newsman. (The 21st C newsperson has a different style!)
Rather was in town recently promoting his new book, What Unites Us, Reflections on Patriotism, a series of essays built around the themes of Freedom, Community, Exploration, Responsibility, and Character.
The book is a bit too preachy to read in one sitting, but taken individually the essays are compelling. My suggestion is peruse the Table of Contents for a subject that catches your eye. I naturally started with “Books,” in which little Danny Rather reflects on his childhood prized possession, his library card, and argues passionately that literacy, scholarship, and critical thinking are essential to a functioning democracy. Hear Hear!
Solid prose and rousing sentiments.
An observation: When Dan Rather spoke at Municipal Auditorium last month, barely half the seats were filled. Several weeks earlier, self-help guru and author Brene Brown sold out the same space. Hmmm.
What Other Reviewers Say
Kirkus Review: “A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic.”
Who Wrote it
Dan Rather is one of the world’s best-known journalists. Rather joined CBS News in 1962, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News, which he held for twenty-four years. His reporting helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution.
At present, he is the founder, president, and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital channels. Eighty-six years old, he has 2.4 million Facebook followers.