Courage A Distinctly American Quality

by Donald G. Brooks



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/12/2017

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781524687533
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781524687526
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781524687519

About the Book

Travel along as this non-fictional family is brought back to life once more. Walk with them as we retrace 400 years of history that carries them to the present. William Brooks was the grandson of Jonathan, who arrived from Swansea, England, aboard the Matthew in 1635. William and others left Boston in the late 1600’s, heading south in search of peace and a better land. Their experience begins as William and his young wife, Amanda, move into the vast wilderness of New Jersey. There they carve out a small farm of their own. Each of their “real life” descendants opens new lands and new experiences. Those staying on the eastern seaboard are quickly drawn into a Revolutionary War. For those who move to Virginia, thinking to avoid it, it follows them there. Two generations later they travel by wagons to Pennsylvania at the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. On a flatboat, they continue westward into the wild Kentucky frontier. Life is very good there, that is until Civil War erupts. Listen as they tell their story of trials and celebrations. They live the dream that rests in the hearts of free men. They are the masters of their destiny. It brings true wealth, a state of mind, not position or money! They rejoice in good times and suffer the bad. One quality stands out, however. That’s a special and unique courage, courage birthed from deep within the American soul. Truly it is a “Distinctly American Quality!”

About the Author

Don Brooks began publishing his writings late in life. His first novel, Once More from the Beginning, was published in 2012. This family autobiography reveals their struggles, dysfunctions, persistence, and their survival. Don and Pat Brooks, lifelong residents of Warrick County, Indiana, have been married for 52 years. They have two children, Brent and Rebecca, and six grandchildren. From an early age Don wrote short stories and poems. As a 14-year-old freshman he produced and directed a class play. He credits his Aunt Anice as his inspiration. As children he and his eight siblings would sit spellbound on the back porch of their rural home as she spun stirring stories long into the night. “Would that I could return to that time, creating from my feelings the stories that my heart was so full of,” he comments. Don has written two novels and four short stories since retirement. His genre is Family and History. Every family has a story. It matters little its shape, size or color. It’s theirs and deserves to be shared. Don has proven it true.