Former Senator and Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum’s new work American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom is a brief, readable and well-organized volume that introduces readers to the stories of relatively unknown American heroes from the Revolutionary Era. Santorum sketches the lives of individuals from a wide variety of circumstances, but all singularly united in the defense of liberty and the founding of the United States. Santorum organizes the book around the formulation of natural rights that is found in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Each of the biographies then is written to demonstrate how the subject lived and sacrificed in order to further the cause of live, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.
The book is very easy to read, and certainly shares stories that are certainly important and often inspirational. It isn’t deep, but provides interesting details about the lives of each subject as well as Santorum’s brief comments on moral and social issues that are more proximate to us, obviously intended to inspire the same character in modern readers that he relates in the sketches of the men and women whose lives are treated in his book. This book won’t appeal to all readers, even those interested in the subject. It may be most appropriate for children, even though that isn’t the intended audience because it is short, simple, and deals with subjects who are from all walks of life, including children.
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