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 extensively around the continent exploring the the USA that lurks simply at the back of the scrim of our mainstream tradition. Reporting for outdoor, the hot Yorker, and NPR, between different nationwide media, the award-winning journalist has verified a name not just as a wry observer of the modern American scene but additionally as one among our extra artistic and flexible practitioners of narrative non-fiction.
In those dozen items, gathered right here for the 1st time, aspects offers us a clean, fascinating, and now and then startling the USA brimming with interesting subcultures and peculiar characters who may well reside 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 an immense 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 path of the historical Bataan loss of life March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost squaddies. aspects additionally examines the state 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 supplies us a gleaming mosaic of our kingdom this day, in all its wild and poignant charm.
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