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Books & Resources

This section will feature notable books and resources. The topics will vary widely: America and her greatness, 9/11, terrorism, Islamo–fascism, education and learning, etc.

America’s exceptionalism in the world today is something that is not taught in schools or discussed in homes much at all anymore. That’s a shame, as it is single–handedly leading our youth down a path of ignorance about our remarkable traditions, culture and history. Popular theory is that America is, in fact, not exceptional, and that her “exceptionalism” was at best, fleeting and at worst non–existent.

We believe that to be mistaken, as America is still the beacon of hope and opportunity and remains unparalleled in the world.

We truly hope that you will check out some of these books from either your local library or by supporting their authors and purchasing them.

“Buy Me” links are available on most listings.

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We Remember

We Remember

My third book, We Remember, is a special keepsake. When I decided to begin the project asking family members to write about their loved ones as they were growing up, I wanted to make sure that the families understood how important this legacy would be to future generations. It was a difficult request to ask parents and siblings to write about their sons and daughters and brothers and sisters. Putting into words what was important brought myriad emotions. I was aware that wounds would be opened, but I also knew that when the story was written all who participated would be glad that they had made the effort.

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The Day the Towers Fell

The Day the Towers Fell

“The Day the Towers” Fell was written to help explain what happened on September 11, 2001. This book tries to explain the horrors of 9/11 in a less graphic way. It was written with love by a 27–year NYC Public School teacher/childhood educator who is also the mother of one of the 343 Firefighters who lost their lives that day.

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My Son Christopher

My Son Christopher

“My Son Christopher” is the story of a mother’s unconditional love for her son. “No matter what he ever did I loved him because he was my son,” the author, Maureen Crethan Santora, explains.

Written for the 5–8 year old age group, this is a book that seeks to nurture and reassure, something all of our children can use more of.

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Drift Book Cover Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. To understand how we've arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today's war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring Reagan's radical presidency, the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the scope of American military power to overpower our political discourse. 

Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seri­ously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about our vast and confounding national security state.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Book Cover The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

by Lawrence Wright

National Book Award Finalist | A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.

Rogue Patriot Book Cover Rogue Patriot

A Clay Holt Thriller

by Gerald Meunier

Washington, DC—FBI agent, Clay Holt, thinks he has a normal life—a loving wife, two beautiful children, a great career, and a nice home—until the night his wife wakes him up with fear in her eyes. She worries that terrorists will cross the Mexico border to attack DC and insists that they move elsewhere for their children’s safety. The next day, she is killed by an illegal. Blaming politicians for her death, Clay tells his partner that he can no longer “live a lie” working for the government.

Positive Living Skills Book Cover Positive Living Skills

Joy and Focus for Everyone

by Terry Orlick, Ph.D.

Positive Living Skills: Joy and Focus for Everyone is a comprehensive guide to experiencing increased joy every day. The author has developed growth techniques from a deep commitment to meet the real and urgent needs of children, youth, adults, parents, teachers, performers, and millions of people around the world who are living through very challenging times.

Henry Clay: The Essential American Book Cover Henry Clay: The Essential American

by David S. Heidler

Yet another hulking biography of an early American political giant, this one, unnecessarily clogged with detail, is still a fitting, up-to-date, and highly readable account of Henry Clay’s life (1777–1852) and achievements. In vigorous prose, the Heidlers (coauthors, The War of 1812), experienced scholars of pre–Civil War America, relate the emergence of the Kentuckian who served in the House (as Speaker) and Senate, as secretary of state, and as repeatedly failed presidential candidate. A man of enormous gifts—the beloved mirror of his country and its aspirations—Clay bestrode Washington and the Senate as member of the Great Triumvirate with John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster and did his best as the Great Compromiser to hold the nation together as it splintered over slavery. That he failed, as the authors show, was not his fault: even great congressional leadership couldn’t save the Union. The authors bring verve and clarity to Clay’s struggles, even if they add little to what’s known. They also make one yearn for more statesmen and stateswomen, who, like Clay, could say, I had rather be right than be president. 32 pages of b&w photos. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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