By Hampton Sides
Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies…
For greater than fifteen years, best-selling writer and historian Hampton aspects has traveled generally around the continent exploring the the United States that lurks simply in the back of the scrim of our mainstream tradition. Reporting for out of doors, the hot Yorker, and NPR, between different nationwide media, the award-winning journalist has demonstrated a name not just as a wry observer of the modern American scene but additionally as one in all our extra creative and flexible practitioners of narrative non-fiction.
In those dozen items, gathered the following for the 1st time, aspects supplies us a clean, appealing, and now and then startling the USA brimming with attention-grabbing subcultures and weird characters who may possibly stay nowhere else. Following aspects, we crash the redwood retreat of an obvious cabal of fabulously robust military-industrialists, drop in at the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and sign up for a massive techno-rave on the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a various gallery of yankee visionaries— from the impossibly perky founding father of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell ability to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the course of the ancient Bataan demise March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost squaddies. aspects additionally examines the kingdom that has emerged from the ashes of September eleven, recounting the harrowing trips of 3 global alternate middle survivors and figuring out on the final attainable minute to not "embed" at the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. Americana offers us a gleaming mosaic of our kingdom at the present time, in all its wild and poignant charm.
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Americana: Dispatches From the New Frontier by Hampton Sides