Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review: 'The American Immigrant: The Outsiders' by Dick Gephardt and Mark Russell

The authors of this beginning of an ongoing series have impressive credentials. Democrat Richard Gephardt served as a US Representative from Missouri from 1977 to 2005 and now is President and CEO of the Gephardt Group counseling CEOs during negotiations with labor and being featured in national publications. Idaho author Mark Russell is Co Founder and CEO of Russell Media Corporation and has worked in economic development initiatives both here in the US and internationally. He is passionate about clearly communicating stories and ideas that add to the beauty and diversity of humanity.

In the opening portion of the book the authors state, ‘Our nation is in a new phase, and these are uniquely challenging times. In addition to the normal strains that come with immigration— the struggles of newcomers to learn the language and the customs; the struggles of nationals to understand people who look, act, and think differently— we’ve experienced the pressures of a horrible economy that was triggered by the recession of 2008 and the undeniable impact that terrorism has had on our national psyche. It is understandable that we see our current situation through eyes of trepidation, but this fear cannot replace the nature that is uniquely American. We’ve always been a country that has found a way to welcome and accommodate immigrants. This edition of The American Immigrant features immigrants whose stories connect to some of the hot-button political issues of our day. We’ll learn about immigrants who came as refugees; immigrants who are Muslim; immigrants who arrived poor, but had the determination to make a life for themselves in America; and immigrants
who, at one point, were in the country illegally.’

What follows is a series of stories by new members of America – a group of people who have struggled with the immigration situation and share their experiences with the reader. The authors offer categories of people to be inclusive as is possible in a book of this magnitude – The Refugee, The Poor, The Muslim, The Illegal Immigrant – each with photographs and insights that enhance the readers’ appreciation of the difficulties facing these new Americans and in doing so provides much needed positive aspects to the now very immediate topic of Immigration. Read and learn. We are ALL immigrants in this country built on immigration. Grady Harp, December 16
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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