With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades,
Dan Rather is one of the world's best-known journalists. He
has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and covered almost
every important dateline around the world. Rather joined CBS News
in 1962, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing
Editor of the CBS Evening News, which he held for
twenty-four years. His reporting helped turn 60 Minutes into
an institution, launched 48 Hours as a newsmagazine program,
and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS,
Rather created the Emmy Award-winning Dan Rather Reports on
HDNet. He is founder, president, and CEO of News and Guts, an
independent production company that specializes in high-quality
nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital
channels. Elliot Kirschner is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and
filmmaker. After a career at CBS, producing for the CBS Evening
News, CBS Sunday Morning, and 60 Minutes II,
Kirschner joined his longtime collaborator Dan Rather as the senior
producer for Dan Rather Reports. He now develops film,
television, and digital projects. A graduate of Harvard, Kirschner
lives with his family in San Francisco, where he is building an
innovative venture in science communication.
"A tonic for our times . . . Rather's writing shows why he has won
the admiration of a new generation. In these essays, he gives voice
to the marginalized and rips off the journalistic shield of
objectivity to ring the alarm bell when he witnesses actions he
fears undermine the principles of American democracy. That,
undoubtedly, is patriotic. And it takes courage."
"[A] much-needed collection of essays from Rather on American
values, from the importance of empathy, inclusion and service to
the qualities that helped found the nation."
--New York Post (Required Reading) "One of American's most trusted voices . . . reminds us what's great about this country in a time of unprecedented polarization."
--Entertainment Weekly "What Unites Us . . . stirringly melds memoir with a meditation on American values, including patriotism, inclusion and dissent."
--CNN.com "Interweaving sweet personal stories with history, [Rather] makes a simple, compelling case for America . . . a clear-eyed love letter to USA. A tonic for disaffected millennials and conservative grandpas alike."
--People (Book of the Week) "From his vantage point as one of this country's most revered broadcasters, Rather analyzes the current state of disconnected discourse in a series of reflective essays that go to the heart of what it means to be an American."
--Booklist (starred review) "What Unites Us is at times almost unbearably poignant. Yet Rather's words provide a sort of salve--and clear thinking about how to recover from these ugly times. What Unites Us is a passionate treatise on preserving the best of America and letting go of that which makes us weaker."
--BookPage "If everyone could adopt the measured tone of Rather . . . you begin to feel that political chasms could be crossed . . . Rather implores you to step back into the world with compassion and gumption, global existential crises be damned."
--Austin Chronicle "[A]n essential read for anyone swept up in the current national conversation."
--TimeOut.com "A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere."
--Kirkus Reviews "Provides a pleasant alternative to the reliance on vitriol and irony in modern political discourse . . . Rather has issued a stirring call for overcoming today's strident partisanship."