Rediscovering America: How the National Holidays Tell an Amazing Story about Who We Are (Hardcover)
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The only book ever written in the history genre that succinctly tells the progressive and redemptive course of America as revealed in the stories behind the American holidays.
Ever wonder why everyone wants to immigrate to America? Rediscovering America answers that question, and it’s like no other history you have ever read. More than an account of people, dates, and events, this story is about the hidden hand of a purposeful historical development where the main actors are colorful characters, participating in an American drama of little known but remarkable events where overcoming incredible odds of failure is more unbelievable and engaging than fiction. And while each chapter is a stand-alone tale—some quite wild—about what is behind each of the American holidays, the page- and chapter-turning appeal of Rediscovering America is in the narratives that link the holiday stories together, revealing an account of progress and redemption in America covering over four hundred years—never before told in a concise and readable book.
About the Author
Scott Powell has been an entrepreneur for thirty-plus years, founding two companies. He has been a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is currently senior fellow at Discovery Institute. Having been a frequent guest on national radio and TV, he has also published 250 articles in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s Financial, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union, Florida Sun Sentinel, USA Today, and about two dozen other newspapers and journals in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. He has been called on twice to provide expert witness testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
His background has been shaped by the school of hard knocks. After working and saving, Scott took a leave of absence from undergraduate studies, backpacking around the world for several years to some forty-eight countries—chronicling poverty, oppression, and dysfunction. After returning, he graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago (BA and MA) and received his PhD from Boston University. This is his third book.
“Rediscovering America is not only genuinely entertaining to read. It is also deeply important! I learned many things from reading it and am already excited to share them with anyone I meet. Scott Powell has provided a fresh overview of America, revealing many things we all must know if we are to keep this republic! Please read this book!”
— Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Bonhoeffer, If You Can Keep It”, and “Is Atheism Dead?”
“Scott Powell reminds us in the current age of uncertainty that without national commemorative holidays, shared reverence for our founding customs and traditions, and some sense of collective gratitude to past generations, a huge, increasingly divided, diverse, and often volatile American democracy simply cannot endure.”
— Victor Davis Hanson, The Hoover Institution, author of “The Dying Citizen”
“If you understand that human beings are flawed (the Founders did), then you understand (and marvel) at what a moral achievement America is. The Left wants to denigrate that achievement. Scott Powell won’t let them get away with it. Read his powerful, inspiring and concise new book and reaffirm what you always knew — America is an exceptional nation.”
— Dennis Prager, Founder of PragerU, syndicated radio talk show host, and bestselling author of “The Rational Bible”
“Scott Powell’s delightful book, a luminous retelling of the great American saga through the stories behind its holidays, will be for many Americans a vehicle for recovering a deep appreciation of our profoundly unique and virtuous heritage. In his hands, the stately procession of those holidays, from Columbus Day in October to Constitution Day in September, are made to open us up to our past—a past that is already a part of us. Like the elements making up a great liturgy, the elements in our procession of holidays help us to find ourselves again, and recover the faith and hope that animated the creation of our nation in the first place.”
— Wilfred M. McClay, Professor of History, Hillsdale College, and author of “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story”
“It's always a good time to rediscover America. Our country's story is a history of great men, monumental achievements and what may appear, even to skeptics, as providential interventions. Scott Powell has had the good idea of telling America's story by focusing on our national holidays, and how they came to be—stories that tell American readers why they should be grateful to those on whose shoulders they are fortunate enough to stand.”
— Michael Barone, Senior political analyst, Washington Examiner, Founder and longtime co-author, “The Almanac of American Politics”, Author, “Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan”