Over the course of a generation, patriotism in America has been hijacked by the right and abandoned by the left. But the principles and values of true patriotism - country above self, contribution above consumption, stewardship over exploitation, freedom with responsibility, purpose through sacrifice and service, pragmatism, a fair shot for all - are inherently progressive. The True Patriot, written in the pamphleteering style of Thomas Paine (Common Sense), challenges progressives to reclaim patriotism - and spells out just how to do it. This powerful and timely "little red book" combines a manifesto, a ten-principle plan, a model speech, and a moral code. Throughout, it weaves between the words of the authors and excerpts from foundational American texts and speeches, as well as a parade of iconic American images.
About the Author
Eric Liu was a speechwriter for president Bill Clinton in his first term and White House deputy domestic policy advisor in the second. He is the author of "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker" and "Guiding Lights: How to Mentor--and Find Life's Purpose," He has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC. In 2002, Eric was named by the World Economic Forum one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow." He lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs, and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called "Seattle Voices,"
Nick Hanauer is a successful entrepreneur based in Seattle. He was a founding investor in Amazon.com and served on the company's board of advisors. He founded and served as CEO of Avenue A Media and is a partner in Second Avenue Partners, a management, strategy, and investment group for early-stage companies. He is active in city, state, and national politics. He co-founded the League of Education Voters in Washington State.
Eric Liu’s Guiding Lights was picked as a Reader’s Digest Editor’s Pick in 2005, and was described as "inspiring." "The True Patriot makes a powerful argument that our heritage as a great nation is a progressive heritage, and it shows what each one of