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Dreaming Up America

Dreaming Up America

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by Russell Banks

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La memoria del ícono internacional y superestrella ahora viene
con un capítulo nuevo y fotos.


La memoria del ícono internacional y superestrella ahora viene
con un capítulo nuevo y fotos.

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Publishers Weekly

Two years ago, novelist Banks was interviewed by French television for a documentary about American history. His testimony so impressed Banks's French publisher that he made a book out of his remarks, translated into French, co-released with the documentary. Now Banks's words have returned stateside. Unfortunately, they do not travel well. Letting a gifted storyteller like Banks have a go at telling the story of America isn't a bad idea—his voice is appealing, and the brevity and scope of his tale are bracing. As condensed histories go, this is a good one. Banks creates a clear and simple dynamic, identifying three original dreams—for profit, for religious freedom, for eternal youth—that have struggled within our body politic throughout our history. His text, however, betrays a dogmatic agenda—left of center, antiwar and self-righteous—undermining the simplicity that might otherwise be a virtue. Fuzzy generalizations like "Americans have always believed in the almost spiritual beauty of machinery" give way to harsh indictments of presidents Wilson, Reagan and the Bushes, as the charming historical survey turns shrill ("Rockefeller didn't believe in the American dream, but everyone who worked for him did"). Banks is eloquent here, but in a sense perhaps unintended, he's dreaming. (June)

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Seven Stories Press
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Meet the Author

Russell Banks is the author of sixteen works of fiction, many which depict seismic events in US history, like the fictionalized journey of John Brown in Cloudsplitter. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes. He is president of the International Parliament of Writers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 28, 1940
Place of Birth:
Newton, Massachusetts

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Dreaming Up America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A mythical book about the American Dream, or in Russell Banks lexicon--the American Dreams. In his theory, there was the Spanish idea for profit--the El Dorado American Dream-- the Ponce De Leon dream for eternal youth--the Fountain of Youth-- and also the consummate English search for religious freedom. He said eventually these all came together to find the uniqueness of the American Dream. This book was very charming, as it offers insights that are totally unique compared to the usual pavulum of other writers. However, he goes on unneccessary tirades against the Bushes, Reagan, and Kennedy. It offers a thing for history buffs that isn't brought back in usual American history books--the spiritual knowledge of America.