A Patriot'S Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, And Speeches Celebrating The Land We Love share button
Caroline Kennedy
Format Hardcover
Dimensions 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.00 (d)
Pages 688
Publisher Hyperion
Publication Date May 2003
ISBN 9780786869183
Book ISBN 10 0786869186
About Book
In the spirit of the New York Times bestseller The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy shares an inspiring collection of patriotic poems, song lyrics, historical documents, and speeches.

The 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. 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 U.S. Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

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.

"Over the past few months we have all thought about what it means to be an American. I realized that I want my own children to know more about the ideals upon which this country was founded and the sacrifices that have been made to pass it on to us. This book is intended to help families explore the foundations of our freedom and to celebrate our heritage." —Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the editor of Profiles in Courage for Our Time. She is also the co-author of the national bestsellers The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.


Publishers Weekly

The rich and sometimes discordant strains of American self-scrutiny fill this wide-ranging anthology. Kennedy (The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) arranges the more than 200 selections according to themes like "The Flag," "Freedom of Speech," "Work, Opportunity and Invention" and "The Individual," and devotes equal space to the official, the devotional and the oppositional. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are reprinted in full, along with a large selection of presidential inaugurals and farewells and excerpts from landmark Supreme Court decisions. Popular songs include "Yankee Doodle," "This Land Is Your Land" and "Surfin' USA." Poems and fiction from such luminaries as Whitman, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Stephen Crane, Alice Walker and Annie Proulx explore the variegated textures of American life. The dissident voices of Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass hold America to account for its injustice; H.L. Mencken castigates it as "a commonwealth of third-rate men"; and Oscar Wilde raises a sardonic eyebrow at the whole dubious enterprise. 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. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Exactly what we need these days to remind us of who we are and who we hope to be." (O Magazine)