Noted attorney, entrepreneur, and author Chris Salamone began writing Rescue America in 2010, when many people thought the nation’s future looked bleak. His original purpose in writing the book was to develop a leadership manual young Americans could use as a guide to lead the restoration of American greatness, but as the book took shape, Chris Salamone found Rescue America becoming an exploration of American leadership principles.
Rescue America identifies three principles which underlie the nation’s formation and ascent to greatness and have characterized its leadership. These principles are gratitude, personal responsibility, and sacrifice.
Presented in three sections, Rescue America first studies the state of affairs that the Founding Fathers intended the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to address. The new nation would be a land where people’s potential for achievement would be limited only by their imagination and ambition. And since the time of the nation’s founding, the three leadership principles have always been displayed in her leaders’ words and actions.
The book’s second section focuses on America’s decline into a society characterized by an attitude of entitlement, an attitude incompatible with the great principles of leadership. It further asserts that America’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders, are being shortchanged by an education system that does not prepare them to make meaningful contributions to America’s economy when they leave school.
Rescue America’s third section, What Americans Can Do For America, urges citizens to once again value personal initiative and responsibility. Rescue America holds out the promise that the nation is only one generation away from new heights of greatness and extends the warning that it may also be but one generation removed from the worst America has ever been.
A respected entrepreneur and thought leader, Chris Salamone’s belief in the importance of perseverance and work ethic extends to his personal family history. His ancestors immigrated to America from Sicily in the early 20th century. Passing through Ellis Island, Chris Salamone’s predecessors emphasized family values and a gratitude for life as they carved out a new identity and success in a new homeland.
Salamone emphasizes the idea that being successful, in and of itself, is a hollow notion. Rather, doing good is of equal importance in the ultimate “success equation.” Salamone writes about many people who achieved material success but contributed very little back to the society that fostered their ambitions. His philosophy echoes the statement of Albert Einstein, one of the world’s most famous immigrants to America, that every human being has an imperative to create significance in their life and to “leave the world a better place.” Many of these ideas are amplified and expanded in Salamone’s book “Rescue America: Our Best America Is Only One Generation Away.”