This is the first of a five part series.

In the midst of frenzied efforts to remake our nation—of endless government initiatives involved in virtually every aspect of our daily lives—Americans are increasingly concerned: How did we get so far off track? And how can we get America back on course? Matthew Spalding answers these questions in a new book, We Still Hold These Truths, by looking to the timeless principles and practical wisdom that have been the source of America’s monumental success.  An expert in American political history at The Heritage Foundation, Spalding calls for a great renewal of these unchanging principles—and a new appreciation of their preeminent status in our nation’s life.