Become America (Hardcover)

Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy

By Eric Liu

Sasquatch Books, 9781632172570, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

List Price: 24.95*
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What does it mean to be an engaged American in today’s divided political landscape, and how do we restore hope in our country? In a collection of “civic sermons” delivered at gatherings around the nation, popular advocate for active citizenship Eric Liu takes on these thorny questions and provides inspiration and solace in a time of anger, fear, and dismay over the state of the Union.

Here are 19 stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and powerful citizenship. This book will energize you to get involved, in ways both large and small, to help rebuild a country that you’re proud to call home. Become America will challenge you to rehumanize our politics and rekindle a spirit of love in civic life.

About the Author

Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. His books include You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen and The Gardens of Democracy. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy advisor for President Bill Clinton. He is a correspondent for and his TED Talks on citizen power and voting have been viewed nearly 3 million times. Follow him at @ericpliu.

Praise For Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy

“With great generosity and hope, Become America calls forward our history to point to our expansive potential as civic beings. This is a work of tremendous grace, love, and reach as it crosses boundaries to illuminate our shared humanity.”
—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric

“Eric Liu writes with deep patriotism and bracing candor about history and our own hearts. This powerful book will remind Americans how to live like citizens capable of keeping a republic. It’s a very needed book for our times and an inspirational one as well.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

“Eric Liu has a rare gift for decoding the texts and subtexts of our politics and history. Become America is a wise, deep, and beautifully written look at the American civic soul.”
—Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard professor and host of Finding Your Roots on PBS  

“America has never needed its civic creed more than now: a set of texts, myths, and memories that call us to our highest selves even as they reveal the gaps between aspirations and realities. Become America is a powerful call to both introspection and action and a wise set of meditations reflecting the full diversity of what America can be. Read it and pass it on!”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

“At a time of political unrest, one group is hoping to rekindle people’s faith in the power they hold as ordinary citizens.”

“[T]here has been, across the country, a disinvestment in civic education, which is why [Eric] Liu started Citizen University, a program that travels the country teaching people of all ages the lost art of civics.”
CBS Sunday Morning