Rediscovering our Roots: New Historical Fiction from Author Roger Smith

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Portrait of early Americans captures the drama, values of a young nation.

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I think there is a loss of the sense that America was found as a cause of goodness. If we understand our roots, perhaps we can rediscover the value of teaching these ideals to our children.

Ask the average American today about why the United States was founded, and you’ll likely get a blank stare or a puzzled look rather than a real answer.

Inspired by the fading knowledge of American history and a declining emphasis on the once-sacred virtues that built our country, debut author Roger Smith brings audiences a thrilling historical fiction that takes readers through pivotal moments in US history in American Spirit: A Story of American Individualism.

Backed by a well-researched and historically accurate plot, American Spirit gives readers an intimate look into the lives and values of early Americans while posing the poignant question of whether those values still exist in our society today.

“I think there is a loss of the sense that America was found as a cause of goodness,” says Smith, who flew F-4 and F-16 fighter aircraft as an officer in the US Air Force for two decades. “If we understand our roots, perhaps we can rediscover the value of teaching these ideals to our children.”

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American Spirit: A Story of American Individualism
By Roger Smith
ISBN: 978-1-4759-6527-8
Softcover, retail price: $19.95
Hardcover, retail price: $29.95
E-book price: $3.99

About the author

Roger Smith was raised in rural Rutherford County, North Carolina, and in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned a BS in history and was commissioned a USAF officer from the Air Force Academy in 1977. He flew F-4 and F-16 fighter aircraft at bases throughout the United States and in assignments in Iceland, Germany, Japan, and as a military adviser at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. He received an MS in management from the University of Northern Colorado and served as assistant professor in the Air Force Academy Department of Military Studies.

After twenty years of service, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1996 and was employed as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He still flies for Southwest and lives with Patti, his wife of thirty-four years, on the Tennessee River, north of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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