How to Live Like Our Nation’s Heroic Founders
Glossy Paperback 250 pages
At a time when the values of the Founding Mothers and Fathers are threatened as never before, Wow, I’m an American! revitalizes the American spirit.
Wow, I’m an American! is meant for the entire family—straightforward enough to interest teens and original enough to enlighten and re-inspire adults with America’s basic values of freedom, responsibility, gratitude and love.
No other book so imaginatively captures the essence of what makes America great, while showing how to apply these principles to living our everyday lives. A resource for those of us who want to share our values with upcoming generations while reaffirming for ourselves what America really stands for—freedom and responsibility under God!
Written in the spirit that simplicity is the test of truth and usefulness, Dr. Breggin’s words can inspire the entire family to understand and to live like our Founding heroes.
Wow, I’m an American! by Peter R. Breggin, MD teaches us to live like our heroic Founding Mothers and Fathers. In a bold new approach to the lives of our Founders and the principles they embraced, this book shows how these same ideals can inspire and guide us to live happier and more satisfying lives. Wow, I’m an American! demonstrates for the first time how the Founding principles of freedom, responsibility, gratitude, and love not only apply to government policy but also to the everyday challenges in our personal lives.
A Harvard-trained psychiatrist and the author of best-selling books including Talking Back to Prozac, Dr. Breggin’s unique perspective combines the lenses of history and psychology. He shows how Founders like George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Rush used their basic understanding of human nature to win the War of Independence and to create the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This same understanding of human nature provides us the key principles for the successful pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. In this seamless understanding of politics and psychology, the author provides one consistent approach to understanding government and to conducting our personal lives.
– Howard Glasser, psychologist and best-selling author of Transforming the Difficult Child—The Nurtured Heart Approach
– Barry Strauss, Ph.D., author of The Spartacus War and Professor of History and Classics, Cornell University
– Christopher Harper, Associate Professor of Journalism, Temple University, and a former Washington Correspondent for Newsweek
– Douglas C. Smith, M.D., psychiatrist, private practice, Juneau, Alaska; Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, retired.
– Brian Kean, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Southern Cross University, Australia
Time Magazine on Dr. Breggin
He has earned impressive academic credentials, published a string of books and shown up on Today and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Many patients rave about the doctor. “He’s a wonderful person,” says one satisfied customer. “He cares so much about his clients. He gave me the will to get better.”
Breggin didn’t start out to be a renegade. As his book jackets proudly point out, his background is pure establishment: Harvard College, Case Western Reserve Medical School, a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School. But early in his career, he became deeply disturbed by the treatment of psychiatric patients, particularly the many long-term residents of mental hospitals who spend their lives in a drugged-out state.
In 1971 Breggin declared his rebellion, launching the Center for the Study of Psychiatry in Bethesda, Maryland, as a way to push for reform.