Restoring American Statesmanship: A Citizen's Guide offers a working definition of statesmanship, identifies its essential qualities, provides more than a dozen examples from American history, acknowledges current barriers to statesmanship, and suggests ways to re-establish statesmanship as an aspiration and goal in American political life.

"We endeavor to resurrect this critical concept from the dusty pages of history books and use it to illuminate and inspire public affairs in the United States," the guide says. "Our goal is to stimulate a vigorous discussion about statesmanship and reintroduce this concept into the political discourse."