Beyond the Great Divide: How A Nation Became A Neighborhood

Beyond the Great Divide: How A Nation Became A Neighborhood

by Governor George Pataki, Trey Radel (With)


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An unprecedented, insider view into 9/11 and the inner workings of the political climate that emerged after the attacks, which continues to shape our future—politically and culturally— and how we as a country can bridge the Great Divide.

Following the attacks of September 11th, New York Governor George Pataki witnessed a truly United States of America rise like the mythological phoenix. People came together regardless of their generational, ethnic, situational, or cultural background, and he stated, “On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers.” These words echo today with a hollow ring, and a bitter sting. The economic and emotional fallout post-9/11 was devastating. The political toll was even worse, bringing us to where we are today, a society as divided as it’s been in more than a hundred years, separated by political tribes that demand ideological purity coupled with blind loyalty.

In looking at America and its divide, Pataki asks a bold question: Did the terrorists win?

This is a question no sitting politician or pundit from either side of the political spectrum will dare address. Along with President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Pataki was one of only three people directly involved in, commanding, and making life or death decisions during 9/11. Few have the experience or depth to even begin to dive into this subject; as a result, Pataki’s answers might surprise you.

In sharing his perspective of where we were and where we are today, he hopes to shed light on what he calls the great divide. It’s a divide not just between left and right or Republicans and Democrats, but between the American people and their government. This division has fostered anger and resentment toward Washington, and toward each other, in a cultural separation that is likened to that of the Civil War.

Now, almost twenty years since the deadliest attack on American soil, Americans have reached another critical moment: will we unite again, or this time get lost in the divide?

Drawing on Pataki’s memories, notes, crises, and critical events, The Great Divide gives an unprecedented, shocking, heart-pounding inside view into what happened before, during, and after 9/11. The Governor reflects on where our country is today and how we can rebuild a common future and perhaps return to a time when a nation became a neighborhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642932317
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 04/14/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 244,651
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George Pataki is a former presidential candidate and a three-term Republican Governor from the overwhelmingly Democratic state of New York. Pataki, the son of immigrants, grew up in a tight-knit family of farmers in rural New York and went on to become a Spanish-speaking, powerful, and beloved public servant, from Mayor of Peekskill to the Governor’s Mansion.

Trey Radel is an author, journalist, and former United States Congressman. Fluent in three languages, Radel has lived and worked abroad and throughout the U.S. as a TV news anchor and reporter, newspaper publisher, and radio show host. Radel’s book, Democrazy, was published by Penguin Random House in March of 2017.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself 4

Chapter 2 I Believe in an America That Is on the March-An America Respected by All Nations, Friends, and Foes Alike 6

Chapter 3 If Tyranny and Oppression Come to This Land, It Will Be in the Guise of Fighting a Foreign Enemy 13

Chapter 4 The Circulation of Confidence Is Better Than the Circulation of Money 30

Chapter 5 The Only Legitimate Right to Govern Is an Express Grant of Power from the Governed 47

Chapter 6 A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand 52

Chapter 7 Cunning, Ambitious, and Unprincipled Men Will Be Enabled to Subvert the Power of the People 91

Chapter 8 Being a Politician Is a Poor Profession; Being a Public Servant Is a Noble One 101

Chapter 9 Whatever You Are, Be a Good One 119

Chapter 10 One Path We Shall Never Choose, and That Is the Path of Surrender or Submission 135

Chapter 11 Government Is Not the Solution to Our Problem; Government Is the Problem 167

Chapter 12 America Is, and Always Will Be, a Shining City on a Hill 202

Chapter 13 We Are Resolved to Liberate the Soul of American Life and Prove Ourselves an American People in Fact, Spirit, and Purpose 208

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