Book Discussion on The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War
Mr. Cannon talked about his book, The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, published by Rowman and Littlefield. The Founders… read more
Mr. Cannon talked about his book, The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, published by Rowman and Littlefield. The Founders wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are unalienable American rights. From the Revolutionary War through the war on terrorism, Americans have aspired to this ideal. Thus, President George W. Bush and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urged Americans to go to baseball games, to shop, and to do things they enjoyed, even in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In the book, Mr. Cannon explores “the pursuit of happiness” and the role of presidents and other leaders in promoting and defending this principle. He traces the roots of Jefferson’s powerful phrase and the ways in which it has been embraced by wartime presidents throughout our nation’s history. Mr. Cannon draws on original research at presidential libraries and interviews with Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, among others. Mr. Cannon charts how Americans' understanding of the pursuit of happiness has changed over time. close
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