Charles Kuralt's American Moments

Charles Kuralt's American Moments

by Charles Kuralt, Peter Freundlich
     
 

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Charles Kuralt is a national treasure, a reporter and man of the world who was to many the real and true voice of America. For more than thirty-five years, he delighted us with his On the Road reports, as an anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, and with bestselling books that include On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Charles Kuralt's…  See more details below

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Charles Kuralt is a national treasure, a reporter and man of the world who was to many the real and true voice of America. For more than thirty-five years, he delighted us with his On the Road reports, as an anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, and with bestselling books that include On the Road with Charles Kuralt and Charles Kuralt's America. As Time magazine wrote, he was "the laureate of the common man."

The project that Kuralt was working on when he died was An American Moment with Charles Kuralt, a series of brief television essays about the people, places, and ideas that define the national spirit: the man who handcrafts the President's shoes; the origin of buffalo wings; Paul Bunyan's hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota; the Pony Express Museum; Pike Place Market in Seattle; Ferris wheels; and more.

A collection of enchanting and sometimes touching stories that brings back Charles Kuralt's distinctive voice, Charles Kuralt's American Moments celebrates the quintessential American character and traditions that he so loved.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A compilation of actual vignettes from Kuralt's American Moments television program, this audio version holds up well, despite having originally relied on a visual presentation. The narration by Boyd Gaines and the carefully selected and organized segments insure a pleasant, cohesive experience for the listener. From the threat to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse to tales of the Pony Express, from the demise of the outlaw Jesse James to the shop of a mender of stuffed toys and broken hearts--young and old--the late Kuralt (Charles Kuralt's America, Audio Reviews, LJ 2/1/96) traveled the country to discover bits of Americana to immortalize on his show. Listeners will be thankful to him and to the producers of this audiobook for preserving the whole happy experience for us all to enjoy. Highly recommended.--Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An illustrated anthology of 'American moments' from the late newsman and wanderer Kuralt (A Life on the Road; On the Road with Charles Kuralt). Famous for his 'On the Road' broadcasts on CBS, Kuralt transformed himself from a run-of-the-mill network reporter into a kind of latter-day (and, admittedly, much straighter) Jack Kerouac by crisscrossing the country time and again in search of nothing more than something to think about. Although his broadcasts started out as pretty standard human-interest stuff (the man who built a road to nowhere, etc.), he became more and more attentive, as the years passed, to the (often-endangered) shapes and rhythms of ordinary life: the general store, the small-town diner, the open-air market in Seattle, and the old-fashioned tailor in Chicago. This is a collection of his last broadcasts, all of them short, impressionistic, and evocative, all of them together forming a cumulative picture of American life in the 20th century. Just as hokey and sentimental as Kuralt's broadcasts, they will appeal to his many fans but won't win many converts among the unbelievers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786217915
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Thorndike/G. K. Hall Paperback Bestsellers Series
Edition description:
LARGEPRINT
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.87(d)

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The Road Less Traveled If ever you grow weary of the modern world, take a turn toward Vermont, where the pavement ends. Vermonters are devoted to their thousands of miles of unpaved roads -- and Vermonter Howard Jillson Coffin can tell you why.

COFFIN First they love the rutted path, I think, because it's the way things used to be, and not the way things are becoming.

In Vermont, they call it "preventing the future." An unpaved road keeps you from driving too fast, or forgetting too fast.

COFFIN Some of the most wonderful people that ever inhabited the earth lived in these hills and hollows. We don't have enough of those people today. We remember those things when we're on a back road.

Robert Frost, the poet of New England, wrote about the charms of the road less traveled. Surely, that was an unpaved road -- maybe this one.

We are in a great rush now, of course. But we used to meander, just as the dirt roads of Vermont still do.

On the unbending interstate, you can see the future ahead of you, many, many miles ahead. On a dirt road, however, you can see something better than that. You can see the past.

Copyright © 1998 by Estate of Charles Kuralt

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