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by James A. Michener

With his genius for research and his mastery of many cultures, James A. Michener cuts to the heart of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine America today: racial conflict, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the decline of education, the inadequacies of our health care system. Then he offers a detailed program that will help America sustain what he terms its "outstanding success."Thought-provoking, opinionated, infused with the wisdom and passion of a lifetime, This Noble Land is at once a wake-up call for our troubled times and a blueprint for our future greatness.
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ISBN: 1559274328
ISBN13: 978-1559274326
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: James A. Michener
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio (January 1, 1997)
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Rating: 4.5
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I appreciate Michener's keen intellect now more than I did when I read a few of his novels 20 years ago. His non-fiction works, such as this book and his, "The World is My Home: A Memoir", have re-kindled my interest in re-visiting several of his historical novels. Real treasures! The only downside to "This Noble Land" was that we, as a nation, haven't seemed to learn from Michener's spot-on observations made when this worthy book was published 18 years ago. A valuable roadmap, still, for our present crop of diverse policy-makers.
I am currently about half way through with this book and wonder how many people have read it. This is as thought provoking a book as I have read ever. Mr. Michener has an uncanny grasp of the challenges this country is facing and a pull no punches approach to the solutions necessary to repair the damage. Together with the lifetime of experience that he amassed as well as his stellar education his draws on the history of past countries and regions to show what our outcome could be if we stand by and do nothing but deny that we have any problems. We maybe apathetic of arrogant and self satisfied but it really does not matter because either way in the end if we don't address these issues we will reap our just rewards and we will deserve everything we get. Great Book. More people should read it!
I think Michener makes very good points in this interesting book. It is just as relevant today as when it was written. Some ideas didn't turn out but most are still valid. I have the same fear of where we are headed and feel we have lost the ideals that started this grand experiment
Michener out does himself in this book. His nuts and bolts view of our country where is has been and where it might be going, should be read by everyone. I will not say I agree with all his points, but it sure makes you think about things and perhaps see things differently. Michener is one of my favorite authors, and this is now about my favorite of all his works.
michener was a brilliant man. he had tremendous insight. this book is great. he hoped america would continue her legacy of greatness and not sell the poor and middle-class down the river.
I;ve enjoyed most of Michener's books, but I don't agree with his Liberal views.
Michener is one of the best story tellers of our time.
THIS NOBLE LAND My Vision For American by James A. Michener
Mr. Michner was a true USA Patriot for his whole life and died a true USA patriot. I could not sum up his work for the USA any better than that. James was 90 years old when he wrote this dream as to what he wanted his country the USA to become starting from his death when he wrote this his last book. What this book really is an open letter to Americans with the blueprint of a utopia, which he realized, was not possible with humans and their different inspirations, but he continued to have hope right to his last breath.
The things that he writes about has been achievable and he gave a blueprint to use to achieve his suggestions. Considering the situation we are in now his ideas would have been good if implemented. They should be implemented if our `elite' permits it. Our elite is now is the small number of people who now belong to the moneyed part of our society. These people have 80 percent of the wealth. We have reached the stage of our society where the money is king and the elite, which have the money, are leading us.
Money used to be used for cover over our heads and food. It is now power and elects our leaders, good or bad. Before that we elected our leaders for their ability as a hunter or provider. Then there was a relative short time when we had a democracy where elected them by votes of who we thought could lead us down the road to freedom and prosperity. Now our leaders talk a good democracy, but their actions are something else.
Michener starts out by explaining our tax system and provides suggestions for replacement after telling us how bad it is. He starts by telling his submitted tax declaration took 48 pages, this was in 1995. American tax declarations really haven't changed much since then. If anything they are more complex now. Read his thoughts on taxes they will be eye opener.
How do we get work for everyone in American? We are not headed in that direction now. Mr. Michener has a few ideas some have been tried in the past by countries in the world with varying degrees of success. Mr. Michener has put a lot of thought into this.
I want to quote Mr. Michener here, "Our government must stop passing income tax laws and other laws whose only purpose is to siphon even more wealth into the hands of those already rich while penalizing those at the lower end of the economic scale."
For any kind of `trickle down' system to work the elite have to give more to the humans who need it and will spend it on food and clothing to prevent a revolution of those who are not participating in the American bounty. And these are the people who spend and cause our economy to grow.
Mr. Michener addresses the condition of our society and where the blacks fit in. This is really worth reading for all colors. He is dreaming about a classless society.
He addresses large company and their employees, but he was not privy to our `evil' system which has came to the attention of our government now. Large and small companies were or are stealing from stockholder and employees both equally and sharing in the downward movement of these companies. The government is acting `very slowly' to correct these problems.
Mr. Michener, who taught in grade school up to post doctorate level in the university, was very interested in this subject. He went to elementary school when the children said a `pledge of allegiance to the USA' before they started class. We have gone on `dumbing down' our children in the last few years in spite is Mr. Michener's warning. I cannot write all of his recommendations here. Read his book!
I am running out of space and time, but Mr. Michener's comments on the USA family should be read and digested.
His health care section should be read by everyone in the government that has anything to do with the health laws. He put a lot of thought into how to improve our system, which is getting worse it, could. Most of the western countries have better health systems than ours. Why is this, just the smell of money?
This is getting to long to hold attention so I will close for with the recommendation to read, THIS NOBLE BOOK, MY VISION FOR AMERICA, by Mr. Michener, whose last thought was for the United States of America.
Roger L. Lee