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Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States
     

Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States

by Gary Younge
 

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Black, opinionated, and with a distinctly working-class London accent, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years as The Guardian newspaper’s New York correspondent, Younge has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America. Combining insight and panache, he has

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Black, opinionated, and with a distinctly working-class London accent, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years as The Guardian newspaper’s New York correspondent, Younge has acquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoughtful commentators on contemporary America. Combining insight and panache, he has precisely captured the intricacies of a nation perplexed at its growing isolation from the rest of the world and often bitterly divided against itself.

In these pages we listen in on expansive discussions with, among others, Warren Beatty, Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan, Susan Sontag, and Maya Angelou. We take the stage with an extravagantly attired drag queen in John Ashcroft’s hometown, join the dinner table of a fundamentalist Republican who has just lost his son in the Iraq war, and ride a bus with a group of Guatemalan strawberry pickers on a latter-day Freedom Ride to Washington, D.C. Throughout we are in the company of a guide whose restless curiosity is framed with sharp political intelligence.

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"Gary Younge is an excellent journalist—a critical writer at a critical time." —Andrea Levy

"Forthright, sane, measured, and vivid, Younge sees both England and America with a kind of hard-edged clarity that impresses me to no end." —Jonathan Raban

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595580689
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/26/2006
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Younge has been on the staff of The Guardian since 1994, and is a frequent contributor to The Nation. He was the recipient of the Washington Post’s Lawrence Stern Fellowship in 1996, and his previous book, No Place Like Home, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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