America: An Exceptional Nation - Book Review


America: An Exceptional Nation

Author: Donald L. Gilleland
Genre: Non Fiction - Gov/Politics
Date Published: July 23, 2015
ISBN-10: 1612965539
ISBN-13: 978-1612965536


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America: An Exceptional Nation by Donald L. Gilleland is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in America’s history, its explosive growth, and world importance.  The book is very patriotic and it is obvious that Gilleland is proud of America and all of its accomplishments.

Beginning with a detailed look at the early demographics of our country and how they have evolved to current day, the author takes the reader on a journey that discusses our culture and habits and how they differ from other countries, therefore, laying a basis for America’s growth to exceptionalism.

Gilleland does a good job of discussing immigration, our founding father’s approach to accepting those from other nations, and how immigrants are viewed today.  Additionally, he offers practical solutions to what might be viewed by some as an immigration “problem”, complete with historical data as to how other administrations have controlled and regulated immigration. He points out that our northern border is more than twice as long as our southern border.

Far from a textbook, the author’s effort further discusses the economy, fuel sources, travel, communication sources, and a detailed look at the constitution in a way that differs greatly from the classroom.  His approach is insightful, interesting and entertaining.

The author makes it clear that America is indispensable to the world in part because we have the greatest military in history, with the best troops, training, and technology. He talks about America’s generosity to other nations and the large number of alliances we have with foreign countries. “America: An Exceptional Nation,” is an in-depth portrait of a great country, its explosive economic growth and its emergence as a world power and its role as the sole superpower. Gilleland discusses such contemporary and diverse topics as the politics of education, prior and current wars, Bill of Rights, Islamist, foreign aid, military recruiting issues and the rising influence of what was once America's minorities. Gilleland skips tackling political correctness in his book but virtually every other subject germane to America’s history is addressed. He sees Americans as a problem-solving people and the story of America as essentially one of difficulties being overcome by intelligence and skill, by faith and strength of purpose, by courage and persistence.”

Gilleland’s challenging but refreshing narrative and interpretation of American history are even more interesting to read if you have ever been exposed to some of the very negative textbooks on American history in college. No, this is not a book of the lifestyles of the rich and famous but a very serious read about the people who sacrificed and suffered for their families and their country. It’s about the problems we face and the challenges we have faced down. The book is sometimes controversial and always provocative. Gilleland’s views of individuals, events, themes, and issues are original, critical, and admiring, for he is, above all, a strong believer in the history and the destiny of the American people. Based on our current political and social climate, this book is a must read regardless of your political views.  Donald Gilleland’s love for our country is both endearing and infectious.

About Donald L. Gilleland


Donald Gilleland, a prolific author of over 500 published articles in a variety of nationally and internationally circulated magazines and newspapers, and five published books:America: A Cultural Enigma, about major changes in our society over the last 50 years, published in January 2014; America: Where Great Things Happen, about exciting things Americans have done that received little news media attention, Published in November 2014; America: An Exceptional Nation, about why he believes God has blessed America to be one of a few nations to provide hope for the world in the 21st century, published in July 2015; America A Conflicted Nation, about issues for which Americans hold both positive and negatives feelings at the same time; and Stars, Stripes and Corporate Logos, memoir that discusses evolving challenges played against a backdrop of exciting adventures that made up Don's life.Donald Gilleland

Don knows what he is talking about when he writes about America. He has seen the changes with his own eyes. Donald Gilleland was born in 1935 and was raised in Alton, Illinois. He received a bachelor's degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University and earned a master's degree in Public Relations from Boston University.

Don served 30 years in the U.S. military: 8 years enlisted in the Navy and 22 years commissioned in the Air Force. Seven of those years he served in joint assignments working for the Army, so he literally served with three major branches of the armed forces. His memoir, "Stars, Stripes and Corporate Logos," share many of his views and experiences he witnessed.

Donald GillelandAfter retiring from the military, Don worked for the LTV Aerospace and Defense Company for three years as director of public relations and advertising for its AM General Division in South Bend, IN. His principal focus there was introducing the U.S. Army's newest vehicle to the public: the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), often called a Humvee.

From 1987 to 1994, he worked for General Dynamics Corporation where he served for seven years in Sterling Heights, Michigan as director of communications for its Land System Division, which builds the Abrams Main Battle Tank.

Later he served at the corporate headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia as corporate director of public affairs, where he was responsible for worldwide news media relations until he retired in 1994. PDonald Gillelandolitically independent, Don is a frequent contributor to Florida Today and TC Palm, both daily Florida newspapers, and Vero's Voice, a monthly community magazine published in Vero Beach, FL.

Don has visited 35 countries on five continents, and he and his wife, Peggy, have lived in 12 states. They presently reside in Melbourne, FL. They have been married for 59 years. He is an Evangelical Christian who serves as an usher at the Calvary Chapel Melbourne/Viera church located in Viera, Florida.

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