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“The social elites want evangelicals to be as dumb as they suspect they are. But when a person comes along who proves that tale false, which Taunton clearly does…they simply don’t know what to do.” —The Federalist A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-s “The social elites want evangelicals to be as dumb as they suspect they are. But when a person comes along who proves that tale false, which Taunton clearly does…they simply don’t know what to do.” —The Federalist A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it. Worse, America, they say, is bad for the world. Her freedom and prosperity are merely historical accidents. Of course, this narrative presupposes there are better places in the world to live. Are there? Were Alec Baldwin to leave the country permanently as he once promised, where would he go?


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“The social elites want evangelicals to be as dumb as they suspect they are. But when a person comes along who proves that tale false, which Taunton clearly does…they simply don’t know what to do.” —The Federalist A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-s “The social elites want evangelicals to be as dumb as they suspect they are. But when a person comes along who proves that tale false, which Taunton clearly does…they simply don’t know what to do.” —The Federalist A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it. Worse, America, they say, is bad for the world. Her freedom and prosperity are merely historical accidents. Of course, this narrative presupposes there are better places in the world to live. Are there? Were Alec Baldwin to leave the country permanently as he once promised, where would he go?

38 review for Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days: Discovering What Makes America Great and Why We Must Fight to Save It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Malandrinos

    In this engaging and thought-provoking political travel memoir, author, columnist, and cultural commentator Larry Alex Taunton seeks to answer the question: is America truly great when measured against the rest of the world? To answer this question--and others related to it--he and his son Zachary travel to six continents and twenty-six countries. From the hyper-capitalistic countries to the hyper-security conscious countries, from those steeped in occult practices to modern and prosperous countr In this engaging and thought-provoking political travel memoir, author, columnist, and cultural commentator Larry Alex Taunton seeks to answer the question: is America truly great when measured against the rest of the world? To answer this question--and others related to it--he and his son Zachary travel to six continents and twenty-six countries. From the hyper-capitalistic countries to the hyper-security conscious countries, from those steeped in occult practices to modern and prosperous countries and more, this provides a glimpse into these countries from the comfort of your own home. Each chapter of Around the World in More Than 80 Days opens with a quote, the most meaningful for me as a reader headlining the Epilogue, "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." This quote is from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. An excellent selection considering how it continues to resonate today as much as it did when it was originally stated. A glossy, full color insert includes over two dozen photographs from the author's near two-year journey to explore national greatness. I am so glad this was included, as it puts faces to these travels. In the end, you will need to decide if you believe, as the author does, that America is the greatest country in the world. I found much to enjoy in Around the World in More Than 80 Days. As a lover of history, this exploration reminds the reader of many of the truths about how America and its society has developed as a result of historical events; events that cannot be wiped out by apologizing for them or by trying to eradicate evidence from public view. This book focuses on the freedoms America provides its citizens, even those that we aren't always responsible with, as compared to what others experience around the world. As the author states, he can't ignore America's sins nor airbrush them out, but there are countries out there that don't acknowledge wrongdoings because they don't believe in the unalienable rights of their citizens. America, warts and all, is still a place people yearn to immigrate to. Around the World in More Than 80 Days by Larry Alex Taunton is a fascinating story surrounding one journalist's desire to answer a question the nation has been struggling with for decades. His travels provide a fresh and much-needed perspective.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Fun book to read and I learned some things I did not know and reinforced things that I did. Even though I don't think we will be traveling any time soon this book reinforced my desire to do more road trips here in the USA. Fun book to read and I learned some things I did not know and reinforced things that I did. Even though I don't think we will be traveling any time soon this book reinforced my desire to do more road trips here in the USA.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn

    Love his writing! Although not super in-depth, gives you enough info to appreciate the USA. And to see why our ideology is so critical to peace in our world.

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