America Standing Strong
Author: Robert J. Emery
Genre: Political NonFiction
Page Count: 330
Word Count: 11,270
Library of Congress Control Number: 2022935566
America Standing Strong and Rebounding
In his interview with Variety.com, award-winning documentarian Ken Burns spoke words that resonate. “I’m very anxious. I want my country to survive. I want to look back on all of this and go, ‘Wow, that was tough, but we made it through’ – just the way my parents and my grandparents talked to me about the depression.”
“America: Standing Strong” presents the respected voices of investigative reporters, scholars, philosophers, scientists, medical professionals, and politicians across the political spectrum who provide truth and facts, not fiction, conspiracy theories, or misinformation. As the saying goes, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Life is short; we only die once but live every day, so stay curious.
In 1920, while campaigning for the office of president, Warren G. Harding said in a campaign speech, “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy.” That is where America finds itself today.
“America: Standing Strong,” brings together investigative reporters, scholars, scientists, medical professionals, and an endless string of quotes from respected voices across the spectrum to examine the events of recent years, not what we already know, but what we may not, or have yet to acknowledge, in our quest for reformation.
A wave of mental exhaustion has swept across America beginning with the extreme political polarization, the pandemic that has taken thousands of lives, the shutdown of the economy and jobs lost, the Black Lives Matter movement followed by racial uncertainty, the 2020 election, and the false allegations that the election was rigged, the January 6 insurrection of our capital, supply chain shortages, high prices on just about everything, and climate changes that have led to droughts, violent storms, and out of control fires. All have coalesced into one of the most cataclysmic periods in recent memory and have left a lasting impact on our society to the point that no one knows what to believe or who to trust anymore.
Along with all the ugliness, divisiveness, anger, and negativity in recent years, there’s been overwhelming noise coming from an endless flow of misinformation and wild conspiracies. It’s everywhere, often inflicting confusion, pain, fear, and serious consequences for all Americans.
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“…This book calls for a return to “common sense, reason, and compromise.” Emery’s guide focuses on the major themes… Black Lives Matter protests, Covid-19, and the January 6 insurrection (and) also examines broader questions about America’s future, from changing demographics and social media to “the loss of civility” and threats to democracy. With a career as a director and producer of feature length films, documentaries, and television shows, as well as postretirement publication of SF thrillers, Emery is a skilled storyteller with a gripping writing style that effectively distills the social, cultural, and political milieu of the last six years into less than 300 pages. A well-argued… case for political and social healing in the U.S. - Kirkus Reviews.
“I am both astounded and awed by the time, effort and thought—as well as the courage—of this author to bring to light the many serious problems and issues all people are facing, not just Americans… With quotes from revered leaders, each a powerful voice in their field, we learn there are things we can do. But first, our thinking must reflect the principles of democracy, peace, and empathy for others regardless of race, creed, color, and financial standing in the universe. Only when we see all others worthy of respect and compassion can we hope to achieve it for ourselves… Truly a ten-star read and an awakening, even if unwanted, for all of us.” International Review of Books.
“This book is a worthy undertaking that will appeal to anyone that is willing to listen without bias. America Standing Strong presents compelling evidence that has the potential to change political discourse in the U.S. Whether you pick up this book up to get a better understanding of the contemporary issues America faces, or because you want to find new solutions to those problems, this is a book that will surely get people talking.” 5-Stars – Literary Titan.
In "America: Standing Strong it's clear the author cares greatly about the topic through the impressive amount of research that provides greater insight into some of the events we have yet to acknowledge. America: Standing Strong is a plea for changes to ensure that future generations not only survive but thrive. Read this book." – 5-Stars - Book Excellence review. (bookexcellence.com)
"America Standing Strong is an enlightening and impactful read and presents compelling evidence that has the potential to change political discourse in the U.S. Whether you pick up this book up to get a better understanding of the contemporary issues America faces or because you want to find new solutions to those problems, this is a book that will surely get people talking." 5-Stars – Literary Titan Review
In his detailed analysis of complex societal woes the nation has faced in recent years, Emery examines a slew of events that have changed both America and the world on a grand scale. Emery respects the readers' intelligence with an approach absent of pretense. Facts are clearly presented, and ideas for solutions are entertained. The author expertly zooms out the lens to capture a wide-angled snapshot where we have been, where we presently are, and possibilities for the future." 5-stars – Jonah Meyer – U.S. Review of Books.
"There is so much information in this book for each and every one of us. What I thoroughly enjoyed about the author taking the readers on this journey is the intellect and openness from which all the facts are approached. I truly feel as time goes on this book will stand as a moment of history and its effects on us as a nation." 4/5 Stars – C. J. Wills – The Authors Spot Reviews
“I am both astounded and awed by the time, effort and thought—as well as the courage— of this author to bring to light the many serious problems and issues all people are facing, not just Americans… With quotes from revered leaders… each a powerful voice in their field, we learn there are things we can do—but first, our thinking must reflect the principles of democracy, peace, and empathy for others regardless of race, creed, color, and financial standing in the universe. Only when we see all others worthy of respect and compassion can we hope to achieve it for ourselves… Truly a ten-star read and an awakening, even if unwanted, for all of us.” Masa Radanic for International Review of Books.
“Robert J. Emery has written a book that inspired me. The issues are complex, but the intent and presentation are simple. America: Standing Strong is fact-filled, often entertaining, and left me feeling hopeful. I highly recommend it.” 5-stars - Ana Manwaring, Author of the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventures
“I thought I knew all there was to know about what happened to us in recent years until I read this book. The Author skillfully assembled respected voices who presented indisputable facts and truth in plain English. Regardless of race, religion, age, or politics, this book is an eye-opening, must-read truth-revealer that everyone should read.” 5-Stars – PAGEast
“Through extensive research, the Author has skillfully brought together the wisdom and knowledge of those who came before us and those still with us. America: Standing Strong is truly a guide and eye-opener of what went wrong in recent years and how we can keep our country strong going forward. I highly recommend this book to everyone.” 5- stars -JLfla
“A provocative read that laces thoughtful analysis, opinion, facts, and the historical written word, to illuminate the toxic stagnation of progress in our lives, country, and the planet. The Author shows us how we have unwittingly allowed ourselves to become subjugated by the few and the powerful vices. Read this book, and you won’t be sorry. 5-stars – SallyP.
“One could call this a work of investigative journalism; however, I found the book to go beyond investigative, but a primer for action. Mr. Emery has put forth a plea for positive action muchly needed for a return to decency, truthfulness, and morality. What bed will we lie in, and who will make that decision if we let the status quo prevail?” 5-Stars - S.J. Hunter