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Is life really so complicated? Ask happy and successful people this question and you're likely to hear that, in its essence, life is really quite simple. In these pages, Newt Gingrich and his daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman - with the help of prominent people they know and admire, such as Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, Mary Matalin, and David Petraeus - show how, by following just five principles, you can live life to its fullest: Dream big - like Walt Disney, who shared the magic kingdom of his imagination with millions, or like Jackie's sister, Kathy, who didn't let a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis stop her from completing a walking marathon, see where your dreams can take you. Work hard - as Jackie points out in her recollections of her dad's early political career, working hard can be a surprising source of energy, and adopting an attitude of cheerful persistence will help you reach your goal. Learn every day - the key is to remember that learning is a reciprocal process. You can't be passive; you must be engaged. Come along on a visit to the acclaimed Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta to see how this principle works in action. Enjoy life and what's the best way to do that? From the wisdom of the ancient philosophers to information from the latest scientific studies, the answer is the same: Be grateful for all your blessings and do something every day to show compassion and generosity to others. Be true to yourself - it sounds easy, but it's the hardest principle to live by. Discover what people from William Shakespeare to Henrik Ibsen to John P. Abizaid have had to say about this touchstone for an honest life. With these inspiring and memorable words of wisdom, Newt and Jackie have given us a book to treasure for a lifetime. From the Hardcover edition.
More than ever, Americans are realizing that if we want to keep this country great, we must be citizen patriots. And here's the handbook every citizen patriot needs: The Essential American, featuring the fundamental documents of our nation's history. Compiled by syndicated columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman and featuring a foreword by her father--bestselling author and former Speaker of the House--Newt Gingrich, The Essential American is the ultimate patriot's resource. Featuring well-known and lesser-known documents and speeches, as well as bonus material, The Essential American includes: The Declaration of Independence The Constitution Daniel Webster's Plymouth Oration Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Douglas MacArthur's Duty, Honor, Country speech Ronald Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate BONUS Lists: American Presidents (and their presidential parties), all 50 states (with their capitals and year of admittance to the Union), etc. A bonus DVD, with more than 1,000 additional documents and articles critical to our nation's history. And much more! Perfect for the patriot in your life, The Essential American belongs under every Christmas tree in America!