Book Review: Willie Nelson’s Letters to America

Willie Nelson’s Letters to America

Pub Date: 29 June 2021


American music legend Willie Nelson follows his bestselling books It’s a Long Story and The Tao of Willie with Letters to America, a more personal and intimate book than anything he’s ever written.

From his opening letter “Dear America” to his “Dear Willie” epilogue, Willie digs deep into his heart and soul–and his music catalog–to lift us up in difficult times, and to remind us of the endless promise and continuous obligations of all Americans–to themselves, to one another, and to their nation.

In a series of letters straight from the heart, Willie sends his thanks and his thoughts toAmericans past, present, and future,his closest family members, andhis personal heroes, from our founding fathers to the leaders of future generations.

Willie’s letters are rounded out with the moving lyrics to some of his most famous and insightful songs, including “Let Me Be a Man,” “Family Bible,” “Summer of Roses,” “Me and Paul,” and “Yesterday’s Wine.”


As both a Texan and music lover, I was excited to check out Willie Nelson’s new book Letters to America. It has a wonderful flow that carries the reader from anecdote to letter to song lyrics so that we can understand the importance of each letter and its intended recipient. Willie spreads a message of love as he reflects back on life as well as how the current pandemic situation is affecting his world now. It’s clear that he can’t wait to get back out on the road again spreading that message of love with his live music audiences and this book provides a window into the passion he has for making music and the long journey he’s traveled to get where he is today. It was a very laid-back, enjoyable read full of insight and inspiration and for that I give it 5 stars.


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