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 US that lurks simply in 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 additionally as one among our extra artistic and flexible practitioners of narrative non-fiction.
In those dozen items, accrued right here for the 1st time, facets supplies us a clean, captivating, and now and then startling the United States brimming with interesting subcultures and peculiar 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 an incredible 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 potential to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the path of the ancient Bataan dying March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost squaddies. facets additionally examines the country that has emerged from the ashes of September eleven, recounting the harrowing trips of 3 international exchange heart survivors and figuring out 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 nation this present day, in all its wild and poignant charm.
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