President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned us that “those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." This is especially true today, where we so easily fail to remember the sacrifices that were made, and the lives that were given in order to preserve the freedoms we now take for granted. We no longer remember our heroes. Rick Santorum’s new book, American Patriots, is a very noble attempt to help us remember the heroes who defended freedom in our nation’s early years.

What is an American Patriot? Is it someone who receives glory by accomplishing great feats for his country? Is it someone who stands in the political arena as a champion of liberty? According to Rick Santorum, you don’t have to be a Signer of the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence to be a Patriot. All it takes is a heart for your country, and the resolve to promote and protect liberty no matter what the cost may be to you.

American Patriots demonstrates these qualities by introducing the reader to real American Patriots during the Revolutionary War. While the reader may recognize names such as Nathan Hale or John Witherspoon, there are many other less famous heroes during our nation’s infancy. Patriots like Peter Francisco, Nancy Morgan Hart, Charles Carroll, Francis Marion, and others like them may not be as well-known as other heroes of the Revolutionary War era, but their accomplishments and feats are no less fascinating. One cannot help but to be inspired by the courage and sacrifice of these American Patriots.

The book has three sections: Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. Each of these sections share inspiring stories of great men and women who fought for unalienable rights, often at great cost. Each story in the book details the life of an American patriot and his or her sacrifices for the cause of liberty. Some, like Peter Francisco and John Laurens, fought on the battlefield. Others, like Nancy Morgan Hart, carried messages through enemy-ridden territory at great danger to themselves.

The reader comes to understand that these were not superhuman beings. They were nothing more than average Americans with a passion for freedom and a deep love for their country. These simple colonists were no different than any of us. They had no special gifts or superior knowledge, but they gave all they had for the cause of freedom. Their stories are a testament of what one person can accomplish if they make a stand. Rick Santorum has done a fantastic job of showcasing the American patriot in an inspiring way, and for that he should be commended. Inspiring as the stories in the book are, they are also very informative. American Patriots is a book for those Americans who want to learn more about our past and be challenged by the accomplishments of our patriots of the past.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned us that “those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." We must not forget the sacrifices made by our forefathers. Their courage, their love of freedom, and their perseverance stands as a convicting question: they gave everything for this country; what are you willing to do for it?