"Some of these essays are powerful and poetic. Some seem to
reflect a stunned condition on the part of the contributor. But all of
them share a newborn or reawakened feeling about the country we live
in...Some are personal narratives that explain and justify the
patriotism of the writer. Some examine and praise the values that make
the country great."
-- Hugh Downs, from the Introduction
What is the essence of America? In this fascinating new collection
inspired by one of our most trusted and beloved commentators, 150
diverse Americans express in their own words what America means to
My America includes candid insights from such
well-known personalities as Barbara Walters, former president George
Bush, Dave Brubeck, Willard Scott, Helen Thomas, Donald Trump, Phyllis
Diller, Mike Wallace, John Glenn, and Patricia Neal, as well as remarks
by lesser-known citizens from all over the country. These frank and
thought-provoking observations from Americans of every age, race,
religion, and social position compellingly illustrate the American
mosaic and offer a glimpse into the subconscious mind of this unique
and wonderful nation.
My America is a timely collection for anyone who wants to reflect on America's past or celebrate its future.