Dan Rather has written a few books throughout his storied career, from essays about the events and people who have shaped the United States and the world, to his own memoir, and now he’s set to publish his next one.
Titled What Unites Us, the upcoming book will be a collection of original essays reflecting on patriotism and what it means to be an American today. In them, the distinguished broadcast journalist will draw on his more than 60 years of reporting experience to examine not just the public institutions (including schools, libraries, and national parks) that helped build this country, but also the civil rights crusades that have changed it, and the scientific discoveries and drive for innovation that makes it so special.
“In a time of deep division and anxiety in the United States about our nation’s stability and future, it is helpful to stop and think about the core values that have formed the foundation for our democracy,” Rather tells EW. “This book is about a spirit of patriotism that is inclusive of all the diversity that makes our republic so special. Perhaps what has united us in the past can reunite us once more.”
And now, EW can exclusively reveal the cover for What Unites Us, below.
Rather first began his career with CBS News in 1962, where he eventually became the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, a position he held for 24 years, while also reporting for 60 Minutes, 48Hours, and various other news specials, some of which have earned him Emmy and Peabody Awards. He also won the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, Rather is the president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company that produces high-quality non-fiction content for both traditional and digital distribution channels.