This is an excellent book. Even the conservative thinktanks who despise the so-called liberal Dan Rather will have to agree with the often recurring theme that America uniquely provides opportunities for one to not only dare to dream but also to actively pursue those dreams.
Rather has presented a nicely condensed volume depicting stories that are summarized in less than 10 pages, but if each had been given full analytical treatment, a good number of them could possibly be 200-page parallels to Behind the Urals.
Neat. Concise. Concrete. A reminder that though freedom is almost second-nature or common sense to those of us born in America, it is a virtually ill-conceived notion for those who were not, and many in this latter group, despite obtaining U.S. citizenship, have already suffered economically and psychologically after growing up and living for several years under spartan conditions in other countries whose governments have turned both a deaf ear and a blind eye to them.
After reading these testimonies of overcoming hardship or oppression, or both, I, myself, am reminded that the U.S. is a great country and that even though there are so many unresolved issues here, we are at least, by all present-day standards, free to attempt to bring them to the forefront.