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We the People The Modern Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers Vision of America What would the Founding Fathers think about America today Over years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom equal

  • Title: We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America
  • Author: Juan Williams
  • ISBN: 9780307952042
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers' Vision of America By Juan Williams, What would the Founding Fathers think about America today Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s The noWhat would the Founding Fathers think about America today Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s The notion of an African American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, sexual behavior, and reshaped the landscape of the nation Among the modern day pioneers Williams writes about in this compelling new book are the passionate conservative President Reagan the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr the profound imprint of Rev Billy Graham s evangelism on national politics the focus on global human rights advocated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt the leaders of the gay community who refused to back down during the Stonewall Riots and brought gay life into America s public square the re imagined role of women in contemporary life as shaped by Betty Friedan Williams reveals how each of these modern day founders has extended the Founding Fathers original vision and changed fundamental aspects of our country, from immigration, to the role of American labor in the economy, from modern police strategies, to the importance of religion in our political discourse America in the 21st Century remains rooted in the Great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776 For all the changes our economy and our cultural and demographic make up, there remains a straight line from the first Founders original vision, to the principles and ideals of today s courageous modern day pioneers.

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    1. Juan Williams has written a comprehensive review, update, and redefinition of the term founding fathers A look at the 19 chapter headings in the table of contents presents a list of interesting familiar and not so familiar names to present day readers How do these relate to the founding fathers Williams will tell you in a fast reading, approximately 400 page book I recommend budgeting time so you can read it in one session Each chapter pulls the reader into the next account and I would have been [...]

    2. I won this ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for a fair review Our founding fathers are the men we are most familiar with historically Men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln These are the men that have shaped our nation through events securing our status as a union separate from the British crown and our rights as citizens to pursue personal freedoms.In the last 100 years our society has changed in many ways This new society would shock our founding fathers, [...]

    3. Williams premise is to identify and tell the stories of our modern founding fathers and mothers Thus his book takes on a biographical format than most non fiction while it does succeed in covering a broad range of relevant political topics, it limits itself to one or two figures in those topics For example the chapter about women s civil rights and American feminism only mentions Betty Friedan and ignores other waves in the movement i.e early suffragettes, Gloria Steinem, and recently Sheryl Sa [...]

    4. This work features the series of in depth profiles, a prize winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders Even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, and economics.Among the modern day pioneers Williams writes about President Reagan the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr the profound imprint of Rev Billy G [...]

    5. Didn t get through this one This felt like I bumped into Mr Williams at a party and started chatting about the Founding Fathers I may try this again later.

    6. A nice survey into the people, with handfuls of right of center examples, who have influenced and shaped the current political and social climate in America.

    7. Juan Williams, political commentator, author and journalist, takes an interesting approach to modern American history with We the People, by focusing on several 20th century Americans who have as much right to claim to be Founding Fathers as our 18th century heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.Williams core point is important for anyone who wants to understand America the United States of 1900 was, in many respects, similar to the America [...]

    8. Juan Williams We the PeopleSurely, America is in the midst of her adolescence, if not by the calendar, then certainly by her attitude The precocious child turned prodigy, we tend to forget in our youth of 240 years that there are many many societies who measure their achievements in millennia rather than centuries Juan Williams book We the People looks at America from a wider perspective and asks who would be considered the founding fathers of our modern America Who are the men and women that ha [...]

    9. This comprehensive American history tells how Americans, known and unknown contributed to this nation s story The author poses interesting questions What would the Founding Fathers think about America today Where we are today, how did we get here We re taught who the original Founding Fathers are who are the modern day figures who have reshaped and affirmed the vision of America It s an ambitious collection of essays that recount the history of events, and the people who drove them, told without [...]

    10. What would the Founding Fathers think about America today Is the question that Juan Williams looks at in his new book, We the People Yet in trying to find the answer, Williams realized that the Founding Fathers would not recognize the United States of 2016 given what has occurred over the past 240 years, so he shifted his focus to those individuals who have shaped the nation since World War II by how they interpreted the words of the Founding Fathers.Through 18 chapters, Williams examined numero [...]

    11. In We The People, Juan Williams tackles the history of the 20th century through the lens of some keys figures and tries to pin those societal changes back to the original thoughts of the founding fathers.At first glance, it looks like Mr Williams might use the great man theory of history The people he picks are people who make important contributions to the United States in 20th century America But he does not deify them Nor does he deify the Founding Fathers.He uses each as a lens to elucidate [...]

    12. The concept of this book is compelling, and for the most part, it s well executed, but I felt that Williams tried to do too much in each chapter The book does provide an interesting glance at a number of different social issues and historical moments in the 20th century, and I think it s possible that for a different type of reader, or even me in a different mood, it would work well In my experience, though, the main themes in each chapter the brief biography of a person, the overview of their c [...]

    13. This book reads less like a continuous work and like several compiled essays, which has it s pros and cons I liked being able to read about various topics on a wide breadth of issues in whatever order I wanted, but it also created a fairly abrupt experience Many of the endings of each chapter were very clich d and almost like a forced summary or wrap up where Juan Williams would insert a few statements about how that particular historical figure represented the topic in that particular chapter [...]

    14. First off, big thanks to that I won this book.Disclosure out of the way, this book wasn t quite what I expected I thought there would be of an emphasis on the views of the original Founding Fathers That s probably my own fault since it s the title the modern day figures Williams does try to present what the original Fathers would have thought, though it varies from chapter to chapter on how much he expounds on that.On the whole, I think Juan Williams made some good picks for who has been the s [...]

    15. We the People, by Juan Williams is in all a great concept to pull together those in the modern era and their influences to modern day America, and what their impact was in comparison and in relation to our founding father s vision With extensive research on each individual, this book provide us with a glimpse of a biographical accounts of these individuals through the author s analytical eye However, in a span of 400 pages, We the People condensed the thoughts and visions of these figures into a [...]

    16. I found this book very educational, something I will share with my grandchildren We spend so much time learning about our founding fathers, but not enough about recent modern day figures and how they influenced the America we live in today Even my college history focused on the history that created this country and not how it changed over the years Juan Williams gave me an interest and desire to want to do research on things that happened during my life time Yes, each chapter is dedicated to a [...]

    17. We The People by Juan Williams is an excellent read Although I am politically conservative leaning, I have a lot of respect for Juan Williams I find him to be a good and decent liberal voice From the years of watching Fox News, I recall him as someone who always seemed respectful even in disagreement What makes this book different from other political books is that Mr Williams does not profile just palatable leaders of the modern day Read a book today from a conservative and you will get a book [...]

    18. Full disclosure I received an ARC of this book through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program.When this book came up, I was thrilled as I love history I was aware of Juan Williams reputation as a journalist and author, so figured I couldn t go wrong with this one Sadly, I was mistaken While there is a LOT of interesting information, it s presented so dryly in places, it was like reading a textbook Some of the chapters are so slow and so boring you wonder why Mr Williams bothered to write it Kenn [...]

    19. A nice little book which profiles a than a few individuals who have impacted where the US is today Overall pretty interesting, however Mr Williams makes a few assumptions about the reader that kind of confused me For instance he references a couple of books, like The Feminine Mystique and seems to assume the reader has read it not me That assumption causes a couple of sections to fall flat.I also found he would name multiple individuals at the beginning of a chapter and not spend equal amounts [...]

    20. I won this from a giveaway and I expected to not like it very much One reason for this was the cheesy cover and another was the fact that the author is a Fox News political commentator although in his defense, he is usually not in agreement with Fox s proscribed views The books idea is to look back on the USA in the last hundred years and decide who the new founding fathers are, based on todays hot issues, and to describe them and the idea associated with them in topical chapters Some of the peo [...]

    21. This was a difficult book for me to rate I am a total news and political junkie and lover of history so I was looking forward to this novel Full disclosure.I am not a Juan Williams fan nor do I agree with his many over the top liberal ideas however, he is a very smart guy who has written some very good articles and books in the past and I m open to others ways of thinking However, this book was so dry in places that I felt I was back in school reading my text book More than a few times it seemed [...]

    22. We the People, by Juan Williams, is a look at how Americans have helped shape the Constitution over the years As I read the preface, I felt that the book was purporting to show how modern Americans have become new Founders and that they were all doing something the original Founders would have approved The book looks at conservative and liberal thinkers both politicians and non who have made America what it is today While I was reading the book, I couldn t help but think that many of the changes [...]

    23. Author Williams does a good job describing the political and social settings, but the individuals come off as one dimensional Missing endnotes or footnotes reduces academic credibility Fe does provide an extensive bibliography to support the case that the individuals listed profoundly affected American history The argument would be much stronger if he had summarized each chapter with a topic comparison between founding father ideologies, figure in their lifetime context, and will their contribut [...]

    24. I received We the People as part of Giveaway Williams thoroughly researched his subject Each chapter taught me something new about a topic I was familiar with To ponder how the founding fathers would react in modern days is interesting So much has changed in America in 200 years They did not have computers, automobiles, telephones, and much less land and people than we do now The problems that they encountered were so different than the ones subsequent generations encountered Wiliams highlighted [...]

    25. I am a fan of Juan Williams so I am not surprised that I enjoyed this book Williams writes articulately about how America s social ideals have changed under the influence of people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr and others in 19 chapters of this book It s not light reading, rather scholarly at times He does well when he sticks to history For me, he goes a bit off course in allowing some his liberal orthodoxy sneaking into this book, as when he discusses his perspecti [...]

    26. This book was interesting I thought it might be a bit dry, but it managed to present things without seeming like a lecture Each chapter focuses on a different aspect, and compares life of our founding fathers with our life today It explains how our lives transformed, due to events or a person or a group of people.The book held my interest, and I didn t feel like it had any parts that dragged There were some names in this book I recognized, but even when I recognized the name, I still learned som [...]

    27. We the People is a modern day history book Is written on the folks that have affected our constitution such as Billy Graham, Kennedys, Nixon, Kissinger, Martin Luther King, and many Is a detailed book and worth reading, but the details slowed me way down The writing is good by Juan Williams and worth the time if you have the time to spend The impact of some of these people is astounding Thanks to.

    28. I really enjoyed this this book and it will be making it s way straight into my library Jaun Williams did d great job, because I was not able to put We The People down and enjoyed it from cover to cover I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win to a friend to enjoy also before putting it back into my library Thanks Mr Williams

    29. A really neat book Williams selects who the modern Founding Fathers who shaped the 20th century Each chapter is a mini bio of the individual along with a summary of their accomplishments and an analysis of their legacy My favorite chapter was on Rachel Carson, I didn t fully appreciate the opposition she faced until reading this book Another great chapter was about Bill Bratton and the rise of data driven policing.

    30. Heh It s Juan Williams I love his take on things now on Fox news, so it isn t surprising I liked his book This is not a book to run thru, this book is chock full of history that needs to be studied to be absorbed Definitely a keeper on my history shelf Good jobis was a giveaway

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