Americana : Dispatches from the New Frontier (Paperback)

Author: Sides, Hampton

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In "Americana," the bestselling author of "Ghost Soldiers" offers a dazzling mosaic of modern America in all its bizarre and poignant charm.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400033553
SKU 33977764
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1400033551
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
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Editors Note Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies…For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for Outside, The New Yorker, and NPR, among other national media, the award-winning journalist has established a reputation not only as a wry observer of the contemporary American scene but also as one of our more inventive and versatile practitioners of narrative non-fiction.In these two dozen pieces, collected here for the first time, Sides gives us a fresh, alluring, and at times startling America brimming with fascinating subcultures and bizarre characters who could live nowhere else. Following Sides, we crash the redwood retreat of an apparent cabal of fabulously powerful military-industrialists, drop in on the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and join a giant techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a diverse gallery of American visionaries— from the impossibly perky founder of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell Means to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the route of the historic Bataan Death March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost Soldiers. Sides also examines the nation that has emerged from the ashes of September 11, recounting the harrowing journeys of three World Trade Center survivors and deciding at the last possible minute not to "embed" on the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. Americana gives us a sparkling mosaic of our country today, in all its wild and poignant charm.
Editors Note 1 The best-selling author of Ghost Soldiers shares some of his insightful essays and articles, originally written for Outside, The New Yorker, and DoubleTake, among other publications, that look at some of America's unforgettable people, distinctive places, and unusual events. Original. 50,000 first printing.
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