“A heartbreaking and redemptive book, written with courage and grace. It is fascinating reading for anyone who has ever wondered about the pain caused by that increasingly common American problem: sons growing up without their fathers. For those who have endured that pain, it is essential.” —J. D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy
“This rich, poetic book is not only about fathers and sons; it’s also about discovering, through pain and perseverance, the most profound meaning of patriotism.” —Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option
“A beautiful ode to the father of a fatherless boy, and to the redemptive power of a sense of history.” —Reihan Salam, author of Melting Pot or Civil War?
“A bracingly candid and deeply personal chronicle of growing up.” —Yuval Levin, National Review
“Beautiful, poignant . . . Dougherty’s memoir resonates because loving your father and loving his history isn’t unique to just some people and some places. We all want these same intangible things Dougherty so deftly describes.” —Washington Examiner
“Through lyrical prose, Dougherty reconstructs nationhood’s true definition.” —City Journal
“A book with a unique thesis, written by one of the most forceful and honest political commentators currently writing.” —University Bookman