America Unlimited

America Unlimited

America Unlimited

America Unlimited

Excerpt

I am writing this prefatory note after the completion of the book. Rereading the manuscript, I blanch at my own audacity in speaking with such an air of assurance on so many complex subjects. Almost in self-defense, therefore, I want to repeat at the outset what I assert here and there in the body of the book: that I am not an expert on all of the matters herein discussed.

I do not advance my views as final judgments, but simply as the honest beliefs of one fairly typical American businessman. Someone has said that a drop of water mirrors the whole universe. May not the views of one businessman mirror the whole of America? It was with some such hope, at least, that I undertook this volume. I have tried to bring broad issues down to a common-denominator, common-sense level. And I have tried to convey my own feeling that we Americans live not by bread alone, but by the food of the spirit: freedom, self-respect, democratic justice.

I have had a great deal of good fortune. Coming out of the Northwest that is my beloved home only a few years ago, I have been lucky enough to travel the length and breadth of our nation many times, and also to visit many other countries. Moreover, I have been privileged to meet the leaders of men wherever I went, as well as the rank and file. As I went along I explored the minds of these people and shamelessly appropriated what seemed to me wise, stimulating, and true.

In a sense this is their book, their common sense, their common denominator. I feel that I owe an over-all acknowledgment . . .

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