The American Boomerang; How The World's Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do It Again
Date Review Posted: June 2014
Authors: Nick Adams
Release Date: 2013
Web Site (as applicable): www.NickAdamsInAmerica.com
Facebook (as applicable): https://www.facebook.com/nickadamsinamerica
Rating: CCCCC (A case could be made that I would only review the best of the best because if while reading a book it does not hold my interest, I would not finish it and therefore would not review it.)
Format: A book based upon the observations of an Australian from the viewpoint of an "outsider" (Adams' words, not mine).
Reason For Reading THIS book: I heard the author do an interview on the radio was most impressed with his observations of America and Americans and felt compelled to read his book. It was not a mistake and I highly recommend anyone reading this review to do the same thing.
Number Of Times I Have Read This Book: Only once but feel I will be reading it again, it is that good!
Brief Summary of Content: From a cover sleeve recommendation. "It's the locker room at half time and the home team is listless, confused, and playing lousy. But Nick Adams has a powerful pep talk for Team USA that is just the kind of bracing, snap-out-of-it, kick-in-the-pants that a great nation needs to get back in the game to win. The American Boomerang is more than a sorely needed love letter from Down Under - it's a timely, wise, and heartfelt plea to America to embrace its inherent exceptionalism." Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review
A long standing practice is that lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, professional in general, should never represent themselves because you tend to lose your objectivity and only see what you want to see rather than what you need to see. This book is evidence to that practice as Nick Adams see America and Americans like most Americans would not and his view WILL surprise you.
Adams repeatedly declares that America and Americans is the great country and people on Earth and that all countries would be in deep trouble if America did not exist. The book goes on to explain why Adams feels this way. Adams traveled the United States for months taking notes, interviewing Americans and then put his thoughts down in this book.
Every American needs to read this book to reinforce what they may or may not already know - American truly IS a great country and that the world would be in serious trouble without America and Americans. Adams explains why he feels this way and more importantly he lays out a plan of action for America to insure its place in the world as the ONLY country that is in a position to secure peace throughout the world.
You can tell a lot by the titles of Chapters in a book and this book is no different. Here are the Chapter Titles (my comments in parenthesis):
Chapter 1: The Cowboy Spirit (The John Wayne principle)
Chapter 2: Old Glory (The flag and why respecting and displaying it is extremely important)
Chapter 3: Faith (One of the foundations of America, faith in the Devine)
Chapter 4: God's Troops (Adams is very high on the American military and explains why)
Chapter 5: The Value of Liberty (Adams suggests that ONLY in America do people enjoy liberty)
Chapter 6: Competitive Culture (Why everyone-gets-medals is not a viable principle, and why Americans want to win!
Chapter 7: The Land of the Self-Made Man (Woman)
Chapter 8: Constitutionally Limited Government (Contrary to current beliefs primarily by the left)
Chapter 9: Tradition (Why American traditions are important and need to be continued)
Chapter 10: Armed (The best armed services in the world and why America needs to continue that presence)
Chapter 11: Imperiled Future (What America has to look forward to and why)
Chapter 12: An Almost Treasonous Culture War (Big Government, Nanny State, etc)
Chapter 13: Radical Islam (Pretty much says it all and what needs to be done.)
Chapter 14: The Future (Can be changed with proper leadership)
Chapter 15: The Nature of the American Boomerang (America has shown that it can return from disasters like Katrina, 9/11, and others better than ever and why it WILL happen again).
Chapter 16: A New Chapter: How America Comes Back (This is Adams' outline for what American should do to renew itself as the natural leader of the world and why).
I am a retired disabled U. S. veteran and as I read this book I my love of country and price was renewed. It has always been there but I was just too close to America to see it for what it really is. It took an outsider (Adams) to open my eyes as I am sure it will do the same for anyone who reads this book. I would love to be a fly on the when a moderate left leaning Democrat reads the book (there is no hope for the far left) because it is hard to read without agreeing with Adams
Final Test: Would I read the book again? ABSOLUTELY! Would I give it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!