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 US that lurks simply at the back of the scrim of our mainstream tradition. Reporting for out of doors, the recent Yorker, and NPR, between different nationwide media, the award-winning journalist has confirmed a name not just as a wry observer of the modern American scene but in addition as one in every of our extra creative and flexible practitioners of narrative non-fiction.
In those dozen items, gathered the following for the 1st time, aspects offers us a clean, fascinating, and from time to time startling the USA brimming with interesting subcultures and peculiar characters who may well dwell nowhere else. Following facets, we crash the redwood retreat of an obvious cabal of fabulously strong 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 skill to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the course of the ancient Bataan dying March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost infantrymen. aspects additionally examines the country that has emerged from the ashes of September eleven, recounting the harrowing trips of 3 global exchange middle survivors and identifying on the final attainable minute to not "embed" at the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. Americana provides us a gleaming mosaic of our nation this present day, in all its wild and poignant charm.
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Americana: Dispatches From the New Frontier by Hampton Sides