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By Hampton Sides

ISBN-10: 030742474X

ISBN-13: 9780307424747

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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Among his Easter rituals, he washed the feet of refugees of multiple faiths. More recently, he visited the Greek island of Lesbos, the landing point for so many Syrians fleeing the devastation in their country, and brought back a dozen to resettle in Rome. Sometimes the bright spots are much closer to home. In November I visited Denmark to celebrate Thanksgiving in my family’s town, Knebel. That Thursday, I accompanied my sister-in-law to the language school where she teaches Danish to foreigners.

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But within walking distance of my apartment stand two landmarks that are among my favorite places: Viktoria-Luise Platz, a turn of the 20th-century square with a gushing fountain and one of the city’s best gelato shops; and the Volkspark SchönebergWilmersdorf, a sliver of lawns, copses, playgrounds, duck ponds and bike paths that terminates at the Rathaus Schöneberg, the imposing district hall where President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in June 1963. Moreover, just down the road lies Friedenau, a near-perfectly preserved island of Old World Berlin.

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