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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wow! I'm An American

At a time when American exceptionalism is under attack, psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin writes about his gratitude and enthusiasm for the blessings of American citizenship in his new book entitled Wow, I’m an American! The writing style is simple enough for middle school-age children to understand, and the content is engaging enough to interest adults and make the book ideal for family reading.

The author begins with a reminder that the freedom American citizens have enjoyed for over 200 years didn’t “just happen.” It is the result of the faith, courage, and fortitude of the colonists. The heart of the book is a look at the lives of important Founding Fathers such as John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, and how the principles of freedom, responsibility, gratitude and love guided their personal behavior as well as their political ideals and commitments.

This book tells of the risks these men took to found a nation based on liberty and individual human rights. Many of the founders were successful, wealthy men who could have chosen lives of prosperity and safety if they had been willing to remain under the thumb of King George. Instead, in order to pursue freedom, they risked physical danger for themselves and their wives and children, as well as loss of their wealth.

The author, Dr. Breggin, notes that of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, nine “died of ‘wounds or hardships,’ five were captured or imprisoned, twelve had homes burned to the ground, and seventeen 'lost everything they owned.’” Yet not one signer or his family ever reneged on their commitment to liberty. There is so much in their ideals, character and behavior worth studying and emulating, principally their pursuit of liberty and their exercise of personal responsibility. This book by Peter Breggin is appropriately called Wow, I'm An American!.

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