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.