From the bestselling author and award-winning anchor of the "CBS Evening News", comes true stories of success, American style. Dan Rather goes in ...Show synopsisFrom the bestselling author and award-winning anchor of the "CBS Evening News", comes true stories of success, American style. Dan Rather goes in search of the American Dream through interviews with ordinary people in pursuit of the extraordinary, and reveals the Dream as seen by various races, classes and creeds. This book ties in with Rather's news series that will run in Spring 2001.Hide synopsis
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Description:Very Good. No spine creases & mild shelf wear on laminated...Very Good. No spine creases & mild shelf wear on laminated cover. Library stamps on edges, no writing or markings in text. "Amazon: Despite years of reporting on tragedies around the world, Dan Rather is clearly an optimist. His take on the American dream, as personified by more than 30 Americans, is an inspiring reminder that the ideals the nation was founded upon are still alive and well. Rather first looked at how Americans pursued the American dream in a yearlong feature for his CBS Evening News show. His book takes off where the series ended, with more in-depth stories of those successfully pursuing their version of the dream. Nosrat Scott came to the U.S. in search of freedom of religion. She was so persecuted for her Bah'ai faith in Iran that she was moved to tears when she realized she could speak openly of her religion in her English-as-a-second-language class. For many, of course, the American dream is all about making it rich. Some traveled long distances only to be surprised by fortune, such as Trung Dung, who escaped Vietnam at the age of 17 and became a multimillionaire with his Internet start-up company. There are those who covet the pursuit of happiness as an end in itself, such as the couple who gave up their high-paying jobs in Southern California to move to a small town in Oregon in order to meet their not rich criteria"-that is, time for family and community. And there are those who have to swallow their pride to get there, like the chef from Georgia who learned to read at age 26. Other dreams are organized under the headings of fame, family, innovation, and service, which could just as easily have been titled the pursuit of justice. There are few recognizable names here, but the stories of these everyday heroes are a spirited antidote to a creeping national cynicism and a vigorous challenge to seize on the opportunities-and responsibilities-that the dream implies. -Lesley Reed. From Publishers Weekly: Inspired by Rather's radio and television series on the same subject, this collection features short biographies on almost entirely new subjects who in some way exemplify what Rather considers the founding ideals of the U.S. While Rather (Deadlines & Datelines) touches on his own story of growing up poor in rural Texas and rising to fame and fortune, the characters here are, for the most part, unknown except to those whose lives they have affected. There is no denying the power of their stories: people fleeing persecution from other governments, fighting injustice at the hands of this government or overcoming socioeconomic obstacles to achieve their goals. But the mawkish treatment that Rather gives them, along with his florid, often cloying introductions, lends the whole project a contrived air. Though drum and fife would hardly seem out of place in spots, the production thankfully leaves everything to Rather's trusted, folksy inflection. It's all undergone such a thorough Hollywood job, though, that the subjects themselves, purportedly everyday, down-to-earth paragons of our country's virtues, end up as glossy packages of pre-fab emotion. Simultaneous release with Morrow hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 16).
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